By: Aaron Brecheisen – FSU Sports Information
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida State women’s tennis team announced its 2014-15 season schedule on Wednesday. The Seminoles will play in at least six fall tournaments and 24 spring dual matches this season.
“We will be playing a mix of events this fall,” said head coach Jennifer Hyde. “There will be about three weeks of training before our first competition, and then from the end of September all the way through October we are bombarded with competition after competition. It will be good to be able to put the hard work of those three weeks of training to into play. We will have individual opportunities to step up, see a lot of highly ranked players and pull off some upsets.”
The fall portion of the schedule kicks off at the Furman Fall Classic on Sept. 26-28 in Greenville, S.C. Daneika Borthwick and Kerrie Cartwright both advanced to the finals of flights one and two, respectively, at the 2013 Furman Fall Classic.
The Seminoles will also compete in the Bedford Cup in Jacksonville, Fla. on Oct. 10-12 and the ITA South Regional Championships in Atlanta, Ga. on Oct. 17-20 before hosting the USTA Clay Court Invitational at Disney from Oct. 30-Nov. 2 at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando, Fla.
The National Individual Indoor Championships will take place in Flushing, N.Y. on Nov. 6-9 and will require qualification from the ITA South Regional Championships or the Riviera/ITA All-American Championships earlier in the fall.
The spring schedule contains 24 dual matches against eight teams that finished the 2014 season ranked inside the ITA Top 25, including three opponents (Duke, North Carolina and Florida) ranked inside the top five during the season.
Florida State will host 14 teams during the 2015 dual match season at the Scott Speicher Tennis Center where they posted an impressive 11-3 record at home last season.
“Every year we have a tough schedule and that is by design,” added Hyde. “Fortunately, just through our ACC play, we are already exposed to eight schools in the top 25 and a number of other ranked opportunities in conference play, not to mention the out of conference play that we have every year. It is going to be a grind and that’s exactly what you want it to be. That’s where you are going to get better, that’s where you are going to see the big improvements. We want to make sure that every year we have those opportunities in our schedule so that we put ourselves in a position to continue to advance in the rankings and maintain a top ranking ourselves.”
The Seminoles begin team competition on Jan. 18 with a home doubleheader against Stetson at 11 a.m. and UAB at 5 p.m. in Tallahassee, Fla.
Following the home opener, Florida State will travel down to Miami, Fla. on Jan. 24 to join Miami, South Florida and North Florida for the ITA Kick-off Weekend. FSU will face Miami first before taking on either South Florida or North Florida. The winner of the event will move on to the Round of 16 in Charlottesville, Va. on Feb. 6-9.
The Seminoles will lead into the conference schedule with five home non-conference matches, including a doubleheader against Florida Gulf Coast and Florida A&M (Feb. 14), their annual match against Florida (Feb. 18) and another doubleheader against Air Force and Mercer (Feb. 21).
Conference play will begin with back-to-back home matches against Clemson (Feb. 27) and Wake Forest (March 1).
Florida State will then take on a long road trip with four straight away matches against Virginia Tech (March 7), Virginia (March 8), USF (March 11) and Georgia Tech (March 17). Notre Dame and NC State head to Tallahassee, Fla. on March 20 and March 22 before the Seminoles travel up north to Boston College on March 27.
The month of April will bring great competition to prepare the Seminoles for postseason play. FSU will begin with home matches against 2014 national champion runner-up North Carolina on April 2 and NCAA quarterfinalists Duke on April 4. FSU will end its 2015 regular season with three straight road matches against Louisville (April 10), Pittsburgh (April 12) and Miami (April 18) in the final match.
The ACC Championships will begin on April 23 in Cary, N.C. and run through April 26. Last season, the Seminoles defeated Syracuse, 4-1, in the first round of the tournament before falling to No. 1 seed North Carolina.
Florida State will look to earn its ninth-consecutive NCAA Championships appearance as the regional rounds will run from May 8-9 before the final 16 teams will qualify for the final site in Waco, Texas, which runs from May 15-19. The NCAA Individual Championships will follow from May 19-25.
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|Sept. 26-28||Furman Fall Classic||Greenville, S.C.|
|Sept. 27-Oct. 1||All-American Pre-Qualifying/Qualifying||Malibu, Calif.|
|Oct. 2-5||All-American Main Draw||Malibu, Calif.|
|Oct. 10-12||Bedford Cup State of FL Championships||Jacksonville, Fla.|
|Oct. 17-20||ITA South Regional Championships||Atlanta, Ga.|
|Oct. 30-Nov. 2||USTA Clay Court Invitational at Disney||Orlando, Fla.|
|Nov. 6-9||National Individual Indoor Championships||New York, N.Y.|
|Jan. 24-25||ITA Kick-Off Weekend, Round 1/2 at Miami||All Day|
|Feb. 6-9||Team Indoors Sweet 16 – at Virginia||All Day|
|Feb. 21||Air Force/Mercer||11a/5p|
|March 1||Wake Forest||12p|
|March 7||at Virginia Tech||11a|
|March 8||at Virginia||12p|
|March 11||at USF||2p|
|March 17||at Georgia Tech||2p|
|March 20||Notre Dame||3p|
|March 22||NC State||12p|
|March 27||at Boston College||5p|
|April 10||at Louisville||3p|
|April 12||at Pittsburgh||12p|
|April 18||at Miami||3p|
|April 23-26||ACC Championships, Cary, N.C.||All Day|
|May 8-9||NCAA Regionals Round of 64/32, Location TBD||All Day|
|May 15-19||NCAA Sweet 16 – Team Finals, Baylor Univ.||All Day|
|May 19-25||NCAA Individual Championships, Baylor Univ.||All Day|