Dec. 12, 2007
Tallahassee, Fla. – A month before the season event starts, Florida State’s women’s tennis program is already raising the bar on last year’s record-setting season with four Seminoles ranked in the ITA’s South Region top 26–including standout freshman Katie Rybakova at No. 5.
“Never in Seminole history have we had four girls regionally ranked inside the top 26 in singles,” said assistant coach Oliver Foreman. “We had a great fall season, and now obviously many coaches are starting to recognize that we are becoming a nationally distinguished power house.”
In just her first season of collegiate tennis, Rybakova posted a 10-2 singles record and made her first appearance at the ITA/Riviera All-American Tournament in Malibu, Ca. She’s joined on the list by sophomore Lauren Macfarlane, ranked No. 17 following a 5-3 season, as well as seniors Carolin Walter (No. 21) and Tapiwa Marobela (No. 26) who both finished the fall at 7-4.
Rybakova and junior Ania Rynarzewska also had a top-notch doubles season, earning them a spot at No. 7 on the ITA regional doubles rankings. The duo, who teamed together for the first time this fall, lost just once in six fall season matches.
“I am extremely impressed with the way Ania and Katie have played this fall as a new doubles pair,” said Foreman. “To be ranked inside the top 10 in the regional doubles ranking is another testament to the level of tennis they have played this fall.”
Following the long winter break and a program-first trip to Hawaii, the Seminoles will kick off the spring season at home against Jacksonville on Jan. 26 at the Scott Speicher Tennis Center.