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FSU To Play Last Home Matches

April 8, 2010




TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The newly ranked No. 13 Florida State women’s tennis team (10-7, 4-2) will host its last two matches of the season as it welcomes Atlantic Coast Conference rivals Boston College Saturday, April 10 at 12 p.m. and Maryland on Sunday at 12 p.m. to the Scott Speicher Tennis Center. Seniors Lauren McCreless and Jessica Sucupira will be recognized on Sunday as they play their last match in Tallahassee.

“This is a big weekend for us as we honor our seniors Lauren McCreless and Jessica Sucupira” FSU Head Coach Jennifer Hyde said. “Their families will be in town to support them while we have some good ACC competition. We are expecting to have a lot of fun.”

Coming off a four-match winning streak, the ‘Noles look to extend their streak this weekend in hopes of bettering their seed at the ACC Tournament in two weeks.

Still holding spots on the ITA Singles Poll, No. 20 McCreless, No. 48 Noemie Scharle and No. 89 Francesca Segarelli look to lead the squad throughout the weekend.

Three ‘Noles are also riding the wave of success as they have gone undefeated in singles in the last four matches including McCreless, Katie Rybakova and Amy Sargeant.

“Boston College and Maryland are going to come in fighting. They are very scrappy teams,” Coach Hyde said. “They don’t have any pressure. We are No. 13 right now in the country so we have a lot to defend and they have nothing to lose. We have to be prepared any time we step on court. We have to get it done this weekend.”

Boston College, who enters the match with a 5-12 record, has only won one of their seven conference matches and is seeded 11th in the ACC.

Maryland will come into the last match of the weekend looking to earn its first ACC win as the squad is 0-7 in conference play and has an overall record of 2-9.

FSU dominates the all-time series record against the Eagles, 5-0, since their first meeting in 2006, while the ‘Noles own 14 of the 16 matches between the Terrapins since their first battle in 1993.

“When Jessica and Lauren first got here we were No. 72 in the country and now we have been sitting in the top 20 and owned the highest school ranking since they’ve been on the team,” Coach Hyde added. “They both are also the winningest tennis players in school history. I think that says how much we are going to lose once they are gone. They have been unbelievable teammates.”

Fans are encouraged to come cheer on the Garnet and Gold and enjoy complimentary pizza from the Seminole family at Scott Speicher Tennis Center. Both Coach Hyde and Coach Foreman will be featured in Saturday’s match as they will be signing autographs and on hand for pictures. Make sure to come to Sunday’s match early as Florida State will be honoring the seniors before the match.

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