Sept. 4, 2009
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – With the 2009 fall season on the horizon, the Florida State women’s tennis team will kick-off its first invitational on September 25th with four Seminoles ranked in the Campbell/ITA Division I Preseason Singles Rankings. FSU’s lone sophomore Noemie Scharle leads the Seminoles at No. 24 with juniors Katie Rybakova at No. 28 and Federica Suess at No. 82 and team captain Lauren McCreless (Macfarlane) at No. 93 rounding off the list. The Seminoles, alongside conference rival North Carolina, lead the ACC with the most players ranked.
“Having four players ranked inside the top 100 is very exciting as we head into our fall season,” FSU head coach Jennifer Hyde said. “The fact that we have the most players ranked in the ACC, which is the strongest tennis conference in the nation, says a lot about where our program is right now. The exciting thing as well is that we have more players on our roster that could very easily be ranked in the top 100 when given the opportunity to compete against ranked opponents. Our fall schedule will allow for these opportunities and it will be very exciting as we begin competition in the coming weeks and months.”
Scharle, who began her collegiate career with FSU last spring, will enter her first fall season with the Seminoles as a strong force. The All-ACC honoree posted a 16-6 singles record while also defeating seven ranked opponents last season. One of her biggest victories was against Northwestern’s Georgia Rose, who was then ranked No. 28, 6-1, 6-3. The Seminole went on to earn the ACC Performer of the Week honor for her triumph.
Rybakova also joined Scharle on the All-ACC list with her power on court one. The Coral Springs, Fla., native posted a 26-17 singles record while also overpowering 16 ranked opponents.
As the third Seminole to be ranked, Suess enters her third season with the Garnet and Gold with an impressive list of wins from last season. Suess boasted a 27-10 singles record as the Seminoles strength on court four for most of the season.
McCreless (Macfarlane) enters her last season with Florida State as the team’s co-captain for the second consecutive year. As the `Noles player on court three, McCreless (Macfarlane) was able to earn a 23-17 singles record while trumping three nationally-ranked opponents.