Sept. 22, 2009
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida State’s women’s tennis team, along with head coach Jennifer Hyde, released the 2009-2010 women’s tennis schedule Tuesday, September 22, with several national powerhouse programs slated to battle the Seminoles in the upcoming season.
“Each year our schedule is among one of the most difficult schedules in the country,” Coach Hyde said. “This is a byproduct of being in the ACC (the strongest tennis conference in the nation), along with the other teams which we include on our schedule regionally and nationally.”
Florida State’s fall agenda features several tournaments including a repeat visit to the Furman Fall Class in the team’s first stint of the season on September 25. Next up for the Noles will be the first of two home tournaments in the Seminole Quad Tournament on October 16 with the Seminole Invitational on November 6.
The spring season has Florida State slated to host three in-state rivals and six Atlantic Coast Conference opponents. The Seminoles will kick-off the dual-match season at home against their first in-state rival, South Florida, on January 23. Other national powerhouse programs scheduled to face the Seminoles are Northwestern, LSU and Florida among other non-conference opponents.
“We will make two trips out west this season to face some very good competition in California with Fresno State and Pepperdine,” Coach Hyde added. “We will play Northwestern University up in Chicago, who has spent the better part of the last two seasons ranked No.1 in the nation. We always look forward to our rivalry with Florida who we beat last year for the first time in program history.”
FSU is on track to open the ACC season in Tallahassee against Georgia Tech on Friday, March 17, with Miami quickly following on Sunday, March 19. With FSU leading the conference with the most players ranked in the preseason polls, the Seminoles conference play is sure to be a thrilling competition.
“It’s important that we play a very tough schedule throughout the season to make sure we get to see some of the best teams in the country,” Coach Hyde said. “This is the best way to prepare for post-season play and the ACC and NCAA Championships.”
All home matches and tournaments will be held at the Scott Speicher Tennis Center on Florida State’s campus. Fans are encouraged to follow the Florida State women’s tennis team on twitter at @FSU_wtennis and www.seminoles.com for the latest information.