May 19, 2010
ATHENS, Ga. – The No. 15 Florida State women’s tennis team (16-10) is set to battle Atlantic Coast Conference rival No. 2 North Carolina in the Round of 16 at the NCAA Tournament. The Seminoles will face off against the conference foe at noon on Thursday, May 20 at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex in Athens.
“We are excited to be here and have another rematch against UNC,” FSU head coach Jennifer Hyde said. “The pressure is completely on them because they are the No. 2 seed. We can step up because they have their backs against the wall. We need to take advantage of being in that situation and try to use it to our benefit.”
Although this is the program’s first trip to the Round of 16, Hyde has prepared the squad for this experience as the Seminoles have played seven of the teams who qualified for the final site.
In the third meeting between both programs this season, Florida State will look for its first victory as they have gone 0-2 against UNC. The first meeting saw North Carolina dominating the `Noles in Chapel Hill with a 4-0 victory during regular season play. Less than two weeks later, FSU matched up against the Tar Heels in the third round of the ACC Championships and again fell 4-0 to the opponent.
“The good thing for us is that the matches we have played against them have been pretty close and we definitely have not played to our ability,” Hyde said. “We have that in the back of our minds after the win last week when we did play our best tennis. We know we have to match that in order to beat a team like this. I think we are a better team now then when we last played them.”
As FSU’s most successful player in both singles and doubles, Hyde will look to No. 22 Lauren McCreless to lead the squad alongside No. 103 Francesca Segarelli. Both Seminoles are also ranked in doubles at No. 55. Senior Jessica Sucupira will also be looked at to step up for the Seminoles on court six as she holds the No. 2 spot on both the FSU all-time singles and doubles list after McCreless.
North Carolina enters the match with two players ranked in No. 21 Sanaz Marand and No. 54 Katrina Tsang, while also having two doubles threat in No. 13 Sophie Grabinski and Marand and No. 31 Tsang and Shinnan Featherston.
All information regarding the NCAA Championship including live stats and live video for each match at the final site will be on www.seminoles.com. Once you are directed to the NCAA Championship page when searching for live stats, click on one of the Dan Magill Courts under the Live Stats link. Fans can also check out the women’s tennis home page on www.seminoles.com for daily photo galleries and exclusive video coverage throughout the road trip.