March 24, 2010
The No. 17 Florida State women’s tennis team (6-7, 0-2) will continue battling for its first Atlantic Coast Conference win as it hosts No. 30 Virginia (11-2, 3-0) Friday, March 26 at 3:30 p.m. and Virginia Tech (9-4, 2-1) Sunday at 10:30 a.m. at the Scott Speicher Tennis Center.
“We have a tough weekend in our hands,” FSU Head Coach Jennifer Hyde said. “Virginia and Virginia Tech are coming into town. We saw Virginia in the first weekend at the ITA National Indoors and we handled them pretty well out there. I know they are coming in here on Friday with some revenge against that lost. It’s going to be a competitive weekend again in the ACC.”
Leading the `Noles this weekend will be seniors No. 27 Lauren McCreless and Jessica Sucupira and junior No. 104 Katie Rybakova.
After matching FSU’s all-time career singles wins leader last Saturday with her 94th victory, Sucupira will have the chance to become Florida State’s top singles player Friday if she defeats her opponent.
Up first for the squad will be the Cavaliers of Virginia on Friday who are 3-0 in conference play with wins against Boston College, Maryland and Virginia Tech.
“Our doubles is getting better,” Coach Hyde added. “We are definitely excited about the changes with that. Right now we just want to get our first ACC win and we have a good opportunity this weekend to go 2-0. The girls are ready. They are fresh and I know they are really excited to get out there.”
This is the second time the `Noles will face the ACC leaders as they defeated Virginia, 4-2, in the first round of the ITA Kick-Off Weekend. At the match, Virginia dominated the doubles point, but FSU quickly responded by posting four singles wins to clinch the match.
“Anytime you already have a win over a team, you have a little bit of extra confidence in that situation,” Coach Hyde said. “At the same time they are a different team and so are we from two months ago. We have to be ready for anything and we can’t take anyone lightly. We’ve got our hands full and we have to make sure we show up and are ready to go.”
Virginia will enter the match with one Cavalier ranked in the singles polls in No. 41 Lindsey Hardenbergh and two ranked doubles teams in No. 40 Jennifer Stevens and Emily Fraser and No. 50 Hardenbergh and Erin Vierra.
Virginia Tech, who is ranked fifth in the ACC, holds a 2-1 record in the conference with victories over Boston College and Maryland and a loss to Virginia. Although VT will go into Sunday’s match with no ranked players, FSU will have to be cautious as the Hokies are one of the hardest working teams in the conference.
“Virginia Tech is a very scrappy team,” Coach Hyde said. “Their coach has been there for a couple years and she has done a great job with that program. They are one of the biggest fighters we are going to see this semester.”
In the last meeting between FSU and VT, the `Noles lost all the doubles matches, but bounced back in singles with wins on five courts to earn the victory.
Florida State leads the all-time series record against both programs with an 18-5 record over the Cavs and a 10-1 mark to the Hokies.
Fans can follow the match with live stats on www.seminoles.com. The Florida State coaches and players will also be recognizing all faculty and staff members who have supported the team throughout the season in Friday’s match.