March 4, 2010
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The No. 13 Florida State women’s tennis team (5-5) will open Atlantic Coast Conference play on the road Sunday, March 7, as they face No. 10 Clemson at 12 p.m. As the only ACC school Head Coach Jennifer Hyde has yet to defeat, the `Noles will look to tame the Tigers at the Hoke Sloan Tennis Center in Clemson, SC. In a quick turnaround, the Seminoles will head out west to battle against No. 35 Pepperdine on Wednesday, March 10, at 11 a.m. (PST).
“It’s hard to believe that spring break is already upon us, but I know everyone is excited for some great road matches,” Coach Hyde said. “Clemson is the one ACC school that we have yet to beat since I arrived to FSU six years ago and that is one clear motivation for us heading in to the weekend.”
As the fourth top 10 team FSU will play, Clemson enters the match with three players ranked in the singles poll- No. 24 Josipa Bek, No. 58 Keri Wong and No. 68 Nelly Ciolkowski – and two doubles threat in No. 14 Bek and Hadziselimovic and No. 29 Hadziselimovic and Wong.
Coach Hyde will look to the `Noles two ranked players in No. 46 Lauren McCreless and No. 115 Katie Rybakova.
Jessica Sucupira will also be a big help for the squad as the senior has won six out of her last eight matches.
The Tigers lead the all-time series record against FSU 17-8 with the last meeting being in 2009 where the `Noles fell to the conference foe 5-1 in the ACC opener in Tallahassee.
“We haven’t played Pepperdine in quite a while, but they always have a very good and solid team each year,” Coach Hyde said. “We expect both matches to be very tough road matches for us, and this is exactly what we need as we head into the ACC schedule.”
Pepperdine will bring just one player nationally ranked in singles with No. 81 Arianna Colffer. The `Noles will face the Waves for just the second time in program history.
The last time both programs faced each other was in 2001 under former head coach Lisa Gregory in which Pepperdine rolled past FSU 4-3 in Malibu, Calif.
Fans can follow the match with live stats on http://clemsontigers.cstv.com/. Follow the women’s tennis team on Twitter @FSU_WTENNIS and Facebook on the Florida State Women’s Tennis fan page.