Feb. 4, 2010
TALLAHASEE, Fla. – After a long weekend that saw the No. 25 Florida State women’s tennis team (2-1) earn its first trip to the ITA National Indoor Championships, the Seminoles will take yet another three day road trip this weekend to face No. 33 Illinois and No. 2 Northwestern.
“This is a big weekend for us as we head to Illinois to play Illinois and No. 2 ranked Northwestern,” FSU Head Coach Jennifer Hyde said. “This weekend is another great opportunity to get better and continue to work on things that we’ve been working on in practice. We are keeping our eyes focused on learning and getting better every day in practice and putting ourselves in pressure situations to help prepare us for matches.”
Up first for Florida State will be the Illini Friday, February 5, who bring in No. 33. Rachael White as their lone singles ranked player. The ‘Noles lead the all-time series record 5-1 with the last meeting being in 2008 where FSU swept Illinois 7-0 in Tallahassee.
The quick turnaround then features the Garnet and Gold facing the hardest team of the season in Northwestern on Sunday. The Wildcats will look to No. 12 Maria Mosolova, No. 48 Samantha Murray and No. 85 Kate Turvy on the singles front with No. 20 Brittany Wowchuk and Elena Chernyakova, No. 21 Lauren Lui and Samantha Murray, No. 33 Stacey Lee and Murray and No. 37 Lui and Stacey Lee representing Northwestern on the doubles side.
Although FSU has played against Northwestern in several tournaments throughout the years, Coach Hyde and the Seminoles will be looking for its first dual-match win over the Wildcats as they lead the all-time series record 5-0 with the last meeting being in 1992 under former head coach Alice Green.
“This weekend will also give us a chance to play two very tough matches indoors, which can help to better prepare us for the National Indoor Championships next weekend. We are looking forward to the great competition in Illinois and hope to carry the wave of momentum from last weekend with us.”
The ‘Noles will look to No. 23 Lauren McCreless, No. 62 Francesca Segarelli and No. 115 Amy Sargeant to lead the squad throughout the weekend. Juniors Katie Rybakova and Federica Suess are also looking to continue their winning streak. Rybakova has won her last four matches and Suess is the only Seminole to still be undefeated this spring with a 6-0 record.
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