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Florida State’s Nicola Slater Wins Singles Championship At The SDSU Fall Classic

Oct. 1, 2006


Tallahassee, Fla. – The Florida State women’s tennis team finished competition at the San Diego State University Fall Tennis Classic today, Sunday, October 01, 2006. The Seminoles had a strong start to their season winning ten of 12 matches on the day, with one loss coming against a Florida State teammate. The weekend totaled 46 wins and seven losses with four losses coming against teammates.

To conclude an amazing weekend, senior Nicola Slater (Ayr, Scotland) beat teammate freshman Lauren Macfarlane (Ogden, UT) 8-2 to win the championship in singles Flight 1. Freshmen Jessica Wente (Whitehouse, TX) lost to Annette Aksdal of Denver 3-8 in a playoff for third and fourth place in singles Flight 1 as well.

“Nicola is feeling really good about her weekend. She worked really hard mentally this weekend which is a big step for her. Physically, she’s as good as it gets,” Coach Jennifer Hyde stated. “Every time she steps on the court, she knows being strong `upstairs’ is imperative for her success. She did great with that aspect of her game this weekend, and results showed that.”

In singles flight 2, sophomore Suzanna Mansour (Greenacres, Fla. ) placed third in the consolation bracket beating Marisa Mechem of Denver 8-1. Junior Tapiwa Marobela (Gaborone, Botswana) went on to win the compass draw verses Paulina Bigos of Alabama 8-4.

Due to travel constraints for schools, the Seminoles used an eight-game pro set in the singles matches.

The number one double Flight was broken down into two round robin draws. The Seminoles went undefeated in both, the only team to do so in their respective draws. Both of those teams, along with Foley and Wente, went undefeated in doubles play all three days. Macfarlane/ Nicola Slater defeated Todorova/Razloznik of Arizona 8-1. Mansour/ Ania Rynarzewska routed Muller/Brenes of Alabama in a close match of 9-7. Marobela/Wente overtook Bigos/Tunaru (Alabama) 8-5 to conclude Florida State’s doubles play.

“In their first competition of the year, I was very happy with the way all seven of the girls preformed,” Hyde said. “It was clear this weekend that we were heading in the right direction. We still have many things to improve upon, but the girls are doing so many things well. It’s exciting for us to already see so many positive results.”

The Seminoles had their best start of the season since head coach Jennifer Hyde began at Florida State.

Florida State’s Final Results

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