Oct. 21, 2009
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida State women’s tennis team looks to continue improving their game at the Wilson/ITA Southeast Regional Championships beginning Thursday, October 22, in Atlanta, Ga. Host Georgia Tech will welcome 13 universities and over 18 nationally-ranked players to the Bill Moore Tennis Center.
The Seminoles will face three players ranked in the top 10- No. 3 Marrit Boonstra (Florida), No. 6 Laura Vallverdu (Miami) and No. 8 Irina Falconi (Georgia Tech).
“This weekend is another great opportunity for everyone in our team to go out there and compete against the very best in the country,” FSU associate coach Oliver Foreman said. “I think what we are looking for this weekend is maturity and passion. One of the things we learned over last weekend at the Seminole Quad is that expectations cannot take away from the enjoyment of reaching those goals. Our girls hate to lose which is awesome from a coaches’ perspective, but at the same time we have to enjoy the experience of winning and the road to success. We want to see the girls smiling and loving every minute out on court regardless of how things are going. With that attitude we could achieve some great things over the weekend.”
After an outstanding stint at last weekend’s Seminole Quad Tournament, FSU head coach Jennifer Hyde will rely on not only the freshmen, but the entire team to push through the powerful competition. No. 24 Noemie Scharle, No. 28 Katie Rybakova, No. 82 Federica Suess and No. 93 Lauren McCreless (Macfarlane) enter the tournament as the only Seminoles ranked nationally.
“The other key element to our success this weekend will be our maturity on court,” Coach Foreman said. “All of our girls have played in tournaments of this caliber and have experienced the pressures they will face. Now they need to tap on previous experiences and take what they have learned into these matches and use their knowledge and maturity to their advantage.”
At the 2008 championships, the Garnet and Gold posted a 2-2 doubles record and 6-5 singles mark. Rybakova led the Seminoles in singles with a 4-1 record that earned her a spot in the semifinals. McCreless also showed her strength by earning a 2-1 singles record.
The qualifying singles and doubles draw will kick-off the championships on Thursday and 9 a.m. Fans can keep up with the action on twitter @fsu_wtennis and www.seminoles.com.