Oct. 2, 2009
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Four Seminoles from the Florida State women’s tennis team will be representing the garnet and gold this weekend, October 3-4, at the 2009 Riviera/ITA Women’s All-American Championships. No. 24 Noemie Scharle, No. 28 Katie Rybakova, No. 82 Federica Suess and No. 93 Lauren McCreless (Macfarlane) will battle to earn a spot on the main singles and doubles draw of the championships.
“The Riviera/ITA All-American Championships is one of the most prestigious events of the year,” FSU head coach Jennifer Hyde said. “We have four players in the event this week and all four of the girls are very excited to compete. There will not be an easy match for anyone, which is exactly what you would expect from an event of this caliber. This national exposure and high level competition is something these young ladies really get up for, and I am very excited for all of them and look forward to some great results.
“This is a three tier event made up of a prequalifying, qualifying and a main draw. This weekend the prequalifying will be played Saturday and Sunday, followed by qualifying play on Tuesday and Wednesday and the main draw play Thursday through Sunday. All four players are competing in prequalifying doubles, Macfarlane and Suess are also in prequalifying singles. Rybakova and Scharle will begin singles play Tuesday.”
Scharle and Rybakova’s records were strong enough to qualify them for the qualifying singles draw of 64 players. In order for a player to advance to the main draw they must win three matches.
McCreless (Macfarlane) and Suess will open the weekend in the prequalifying singles draw of 64 players. In order for the Seminoles to proceed to the qualifying draw they must win three matches.
On the doubles front, all four Seminoles will be competing in the prequalifying doubles draw of 32 teams. Scharle and Rybakova will team up while McCreless (Macfarlane) and Suess will be FSU’s other twosome for Florida State. Both doubles teams will have to win three rounds to move on to the qualifying doubles draw.
Rybakova and McCreless (Macfarlane) were the only Seminoles in 2008 to travel to the championships. Rybakova had a great stint in singles with a 2-1 record that included two upsets of nationally-ranked opponents while McCreless (Macfarlane) fell in her first match.
Keep up with the Seminoles on twitter @fsu_wtennis and www.seminoles.com for updates throughout the weekend. Draws will posted to this release later on in the day when available.