April 15, 2010
TALLAHASSEE, Fla.– After closing out home play successfully last weekend, the No. 15 Florida State women’s tennis team (12-7, 6-2) looks to wrap up the regular season on a high note as it travels to face No. 6 Duke on Saturday, April 17 at 1 p.m. and No. 1 North Carolina on Sunday at 1 p.m.
“The season is getting really exciting for us,” FSU head coach Jennifer Hyde said. “We have two great opportunities on the road this week with Duke and UNC. We are looking forward to it because this is the time of the year where things start picking up. This is exciting. This is when we have to raise the level of play. We have to step up for the next couple of weeks with the ACC and NCAA Tournaments.”
Seeded fifth in the Atlantic Coast Conference, Duke enters the match with a 17-4 record including a 5-2 conference mark. The Blue Devils will bring in three players nationally ranked in singles with No. 36 Reka Zsilinszka, No. 50 Ellah Nze and No. 77 Elizabeth Plotkin while also having a pair of doubles threats in No. 47 Amanda Gibson and Nze and No. 61 Plotkin and Zsilinszka.
Duke leads the all-time series record over the Seminoles 24-2 with the last victory from FSU being in 2007 when the `Noles surpassed the Blue Devils 4-3 on the road for the first time since 1983.
In the quick turnaround, FSU is slated to battle ACC leader UNC who holds an impressive 21-3 overall record and has yet to fall in conference play as they boast an 8-0 mark.
The Tar Heels will also bring in three players ranked in No. 30 Sanaz Marand, No. 42 Katarina Tsang and No. 125 Sophie Grabinski and two ranked doubles teams in No. 12 Grabinski and Marand and No. 40 Tsang and Shinnan Featherston.
Both the Seminoles and North Carolina are tied in the all-time series record with 15 wins each since their first meeting in 1982. FSU has won the last two consecutive matches against the Tar Heels.
“I expect two tough matches,” Coach Hyde said. “Duke is a little vulnerable because they had a rough weekend when they went 0-2 so I think we are catching them at the right time. However, it doesn’t really matter because they are going to be playing at home and its senior day. Anytime we play these two teams it’s a dog fight. We have to step up our game.”
Fans can follow both matches this weekend as live stats will be available on either www.seminoles.com, www.tarheelblue.com, www.goduke.com, Facebook on the Florida State Women’s Tennis fan page and Twitter @FSU_WTennis.