May 13, 2010
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The No. 15 Florida State women’s tennis team will open the first round of the 2010 NCAA Tournament at the Scott Speicher Tennis Center Friday, May 14 as it faces No. 68 North Florida at 2:00 p.m. The first match of the day will feature No. 54 TCU against No. 18 South Carolina at 10:00 a.m. and the winner of both matches will battle in the second round on Saturday at 1:00 p.m.
“We’ve done a good job of getting some rest after ACC’s and have played a lot of tennis, but now it’s starting to get here finally,” FSU head coach Jennifer Hyde said. “We are really excited to get on court.”
For just the second time in school history, both under Coach Hyde, FSU will host the first two rounds of tournament. If successful this weekend, Florida State would make its first trip out in program history to the Round of 16 at the Dan Magil Tennis Complex in Athens, Ga.
“There are several advantages to hosting that we are going to appreciate,” Coach Hyde said. “We’ve done a tremendous job of playing on the road, but this year is going to be different for us. We were in this position two years ago and came up a little bit short and that feeling is still with us. We want to make sure we make the most of it.”
While the Seminoles enter the tournament with a notable 14-10 record that includes ten wins over ranked opponents, the Ospreys hold a 20-2 record that helped them win the Atlantic Sun Championship.
“We looked at North Florida’s record and every spot is unbelievable,” Coach Hyde added. “Their records are really solid. They don’t have a lot of losses, but obviously their league is maybe a level under ours. We still have to go win. We are going to have a good first round against North Florida.”
Making their 14th tournament appearance, the Garnet and Gold will look to No. 22 Lauren McCreless and No. 103 Francesca Segarelli to lead the squad alongside Jessica Sucupira who holds the team’s best singles and doubles mark of the season. McCreless and Segarelli are also ranked in doubles at No. 55.
“Lauren, Jess, Katie and Federica were here two years ago when we hosted and they have those memories of that weekend,” Coach Hyde said. “They have to use those experiences to make the team better and I think they are going to do that.”
North Florida has one doubles pair ranked in No. 80 Aline Berkenbrock and Raquel Castro. However, the Seminoles will have to be cautious of Berkenbrock who enters single’s play undefeated at the No. 1 position which earned her the Atlantic Sun Player of the Year.
Although this is the first season of full eligibility at the Division I level of North Florida, they enter the tournament with a reputable squad that has been ranked as high as No. 60 in the country. Their lone two losses of the season came from then-ranked opponents.
Tickets for the first and second rounds can be bought on www.seminoles.com or at the front gate of the Scott Speicher Tennis Center the day of the match. There will be no outside food or beverage allowed in the complex. For lives stats click on the following links: TCU vs. South Carolina and FSU vs UNF . Seminole fans can also catch up with the team on the Florida State women’s tennis fan page on Facebook and Twitter @FSU_WTENNIS.