March 6, 2008
**DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER, FLORIDA STATE WILL NOT PLAY GEORGIA TECH THIS WEEKEND. THE MATCH IS NOW SCHEDULED TO TAKE PLACE APRIL 2 IN TALLAHASSEE. SUNDAY’S MATCH AGAINST CLEMSON WILL GO ON AS NORMAL.**
Tallahassee, Fla.- Fresh off their highest national ranking to date, the No. 12 Florida State women’s tennis squad (10-1, 1-0) will try to continue its move up the ladder against two ACC conference opponents this weekend at the Scott Speicher Tennis Center. The Seminoles will welcome defending national champions No. 2 Georgia Tech (9-1, 1-0) on Friday, March 7 at 3:00 p.m. and No. 42 Clemson (4-7, 0-1) on Sunday, March 9 at 12:00 p.m.
“We’re coming off a lot of momentum with a big win over Miami last week and new ranking,” said head coach Jennifer Hyde. “But no one match we play is more important to us than any other. We’re just focused on another game day and another chance to make a statement. We’re going to battle Georgia Tech on Friday, then we will focus on the next match at hand against Clemson.”
Although Hyde has not recorded a victory over Georgia Tech or Clemson in her four years as head coach, the same could have been said for Miami prior to last Friday’s upset of then-No. 5 Miami in Tallahassee. Now the Seminoles have momentum as they hope to put a pair of winless droughts to bed this weekend.
Florida State holds the overall series record title against Georgia Tech by a 16-7 landslide. Unfortunately four of those losses have come in the last three years, including a 6-1 routing in Atlanta last year en route to the Yellow Jackets’ NCAA Championship. The Seminoles will dig in for a tough battle again this year as the Ramblin’ Wreck will bring eight ranked players, including No. 2 Amanda McDowell and No. 5 Kristi Miller to town as well as three ranked doubles teams.
Friday’s match-up will also be a bit of a homecoming for the Yellow Jackets’ newest assistant coach, Florida State alumnus Anca Dumitrescu. The Romanian-native played for Florida State from 2002-04, collecting a long list of accolades including the 2003 ITA South Region Senior Player of the Year and ITA/Arthur Ashe Jr. Award for Leadership and Sportsmanship. Dumitrescu was also a member of the 2003-04 All-ACC team.
Against Clemson, Florida State trails in the overall series record 8-15, with six-straight losses since 2002, including last year’s 5-2 loss in South Carolina. Although the Tigers are ranked 30 spots below the Seminoles, the team still boasts a couple of star talents in No. 3 Ani Mijacika and No. 82 Federica van Adrichem. But van Adrichem was upset last year by sophomore Jessica Wente 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 in the Seminoles’ only singles victory.
Admission to all home matches is free. In addition, free pizza and T-shirts will be available to all fans in attendance this weekend at the Scott Speicher Tennis Center.