March 14, 2006
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida State women’s team has a tough task at hand Wednesday as the third-ranked North Carolina Tar Heels line up to face the Seminoles at 2 p.m. at Scott Speicher Tennis Center. The Seminoles enter the week with an 8-5 overall record and a 1-2 Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) mark. The Tar Heels are 16-2 on the season and 1-0 in league action.
Florida State junior Nicola Slater has an impressive 9-3 record on the season; two of her losses came against ranked opponents. The Seminoles’ lone senior, Alina Mihailescu, continues to climb in the lineup thanks to a respectable 17-13 overall singles record.
The Seminoles split in ACC play last week in two close matches. First, FSU defeated then-No. 56 Boston College, 4-3, and then fell to then-No. 28 Maryland, 4-3. Slater and freshman Suzanna Mansour picked up singles victories in both matches at the No. 4 and 6 positions, respectively.
North Carolina has topped nine ranked teams this dual season, five in the top 25 and two in the top ten. The Tar Heels started off their competition over ranked teams with Tennessee on January 21. Tennessee was ranked 19th at the time and North Carolina overpowered the Lady Vols, 5-2. Other ranked teams edged by the Tar Heels include No. 62 Oklahoma, No. 22 BYU, No. 16 TCU, No. 33 Texas A & M, No. 40 N.C. State, No. 6 Northwestern, No. 2 Florida, and No. 27 Indiana.
Other ACC teams ranked in the top 25 include No. 5 Duke, No. 8 Georgia Tech, No. 10 University of Miami, and No. 18 Wake Forest. North Carolina holds the top spot by an ACC team at No. 3.
Florida State is ranked No. 61 in the latest ITA-Fila National Rankings released March 14.
All matches at the Scott Speicher Tennis Center are free of charge.