May 4, 2005
Tallahassee, Fla. – The 2005 NCAA Women’s Tennis Tournament participants were announced today, May 4, 2005 and the No. 43 Florida State women’s tennis team (11-11, 4-6 ACC) earned a ticket to dance for the ninth time in ten years. The Seminoles will head to Gainesville, Fla., for a first round match against the No. 33 Florida International Golden Panthers (18-5, 6-0 Sun Belt) on Friday, May 13 at 1:00 p.m. at Florida’s Linder Stadium at Ring Tennis Complex.
“Our goal all season has been to make it to the NCAAs,” said first-year head coach Jennifer Hyde, who is only the second FSU head coach to take a team to the NCAA postseason in her first year. “We play every match to dance and I’m just happy for the team, especially the seniors, because they get at least one more match to play.”
Florida State played FIU in Miami at the end of its spring break road trip that consisted of five matches over ten days and two coasts. The Seminoles hit the court for an 11:00 a.m. match on March 12 after playing then-No. 9 Miami in a five and a half hour contest that came down to the final singles flights. The Panthers were swept in doubles but took five of six singles matches from FSU to take the non-conference win.
“We played FIU after a match that was over five hours long against No. 9 Miami that ended at 11:00 p.m. at night” continued Hyde. “We were coming off the end of a long spring break trip and we didn’t come out very fresh. The circumstances are very different now so we should be prepared.”
FIU earned its berth by winning the first Sun Belt Conference Women’s Tennis Championship in the program’s history, beating favored No. 26 South Alabama. Head coach Ronnie Bernstein was named SBC Coach of the Year following one of the best seasons in the Panthers’ program history.
In the same bracket are host No. 2 Florida and No. 74 South Carolina State, who will play at 5:00 p.m. on Friday. The winner will face the Florida-South Carolina State match winner at 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 14, 2005.
Tickets for the NCAA First and Second Round matches played in Gainesville may be purchased in advance or on the day of the tournament. An all-session pass is $8.00 for adults and $5.00 for senior citizens, college students, or children under 17. Singles day tickets for Friday and Saturday are $5.00 for adults and $3.00 for senior citizens, college students, or children under 17. Single day tickets for Sunday are $3.00 for everyone.