July 5, 2006
Tallahassee, Fla. – Before donning a Garnet and Gold tennis uniform, incoming freshman Lauren MacFarlane won six matches and a singles championship on her future home court.
MacFarlane playing in the event hosted by the Tallahassee Tennis Association, dominated the courts winning the singles title and advancing to the finals of the doubles draw at the USTA National Opens in the 18 and under category from July 1-5, 2006 at the Scott Speicher Tennis Center.
“It’s exciting within two weeks of being on campus that Lauren was able to transition and move here from Utah, get to class, get settled and win a big national tournament,” said women’s tennis head coach Jennifer Hyde. “That’s a lot to ask so quickly at such a big time in her life. It was exciting to see she was able to balance everything and get the job done. I asked her what her expectations were for this event and her response was to win it, which is exactly what she did. This is the mindset we expect from the members of our team. It’s great to see a freshman so early in her career have that intact.”
MacFarlane, who won every set, started strong with a win in the group of 64 over Brooke Loar 6-0, 6-2. Entering the round of 32, the Ogden, Utah native beat Taylor Morgan 6-3, 6-2 before topping 16th-seed Lucy Marchese 6-1, 6-1. The two-time state champion advanced taking two-sets from 10th-seed Julia Huschke 6-1, 6-4 in the quarterfinals. With a score of 6-2, 6-2, MacFarlane won the semifinals match against eighth-seeded Morgan Frank to set up a championship bout in the finals with fourth-seed Megan Broderick. MacFarlane easily won the finals match 6-3, 6-0
In doubles, MacFarlane paired with Kylie Ulery (Wellington, Fla.) for the first time in her career. Entering the field of 16, they topped Sarah Guzick and Noelle Hickey 9-8 (6) to proceed to the quarterfinals where they advanced automatically to the semifinals because their opponents did not show. The third-seeded duo routed second-seed Christina Liles and Ana Mungo, 8-2, to compete in the final round against Cameron Hubbs and Holly Johnson. In a close finals match, MacFarlane and Ulery lost 9-8 (8).
Macfarlane is a 5-foot-8 standout from Weber High School where she graduated with a 3.89 GPA. The four-time all-region winner placed sixth nationally in the 2004 Girls 16’s hard court championships. For the last two years, she was the top-ranked player (juniors) in her section and peaked nationally at No. 19. Macfarlane also ran track and was an officer for the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA). She volunteers for the Ogden Symphony Ballet Association and the Odgen Opera Guild.
Next week, three Seminoles will play on the first stop of the 2006 Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Summer College Circuit in Tallahassee from July 10-13. The ITA runs a circuit of events during the summer with eight different regions hosting a circuit of four events. Florida State welcomes the first of four contests in the Southern Region while the University of Florida, UNC-Chapel Hill and UNC-Greensboro will host the remaining three tournaments.