March 31, 2010
Looking to continue riding the wave of success, the No. 17 Florida State women’s tennis team (8-7, 2-2) will hit the road for another two-match weekend as it faces No. 43 Wake Forest Friday, April 2 at 3 p.m. and No. 30 NC State Saturday at 1 p.m. After going 2-0 last weekend, the Seminoles look to extend their Atlantic Coast Conference streak against both conference foes.
“Wake Forest and NC State are both very dangerous teams,” FSU Head Coach Jennifer Hyde said. “They have been flying under the radar for the past couple of weeks. They both have earned some good wins lately. We definitely need to go and do a good job up there. It’s going to be another tough weekend for us.”
Leading the `Noles this weekend will be Lauren McCreless who is ranked No. 20 in the nation in this week’s ITA Singles Poll. This is the first time in two years Coach Hyde has had one of her Seminoles ranked in the top 20.
Senior Jessica Sucupira and McCreless will also be vying to take the top spot as both are tied as FSU career singles wins leader with 95 triumphs.
“It’s pretty cool to have the seniors battling out to win the most singles matches in program history,” Coach Hyde added. “It couldn’t happen to two better girls. They don’t talk much about it. I think the bigger thing for them is to win as a team and getting in the top 10. At the end of the day that’s what matters most to them.”
In the squad’s first match of the weekend, Coach Hyde will battle to better the all-time series record against the Demon Deacons as the ACC rival leads with a 19-9 mark.
On the flip side, FSU leads the series record against the Wolfpack 16-2 with the Seminoles winning the last three straight meetings between both programs.
Wake Forest enters the match with one player ranked in singles in No. 64 Martina Pavelec and a doubles threat in No. 45 Sasha Kulikova and Kathryn Talbert, while NC State will bring in No. 68 Sandhya Nagaraj.
“We’ve been a really good road team this year,” Coach Hyde said. “I think it’s definitely a benefit to play at home because we a home crowd advantage, but we seem to do a great job on the road. This is a good thing because we have been on the road so much this season.”
Fans can keep up with the Wake Forest match on wakeforestsports.cstv.com and the NC State match on gopack.com.