Jan. 11, 2012
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Despite not having one senior or having any individuals ranked in singles and doubles, the Florida State Women’s tennis team will begin their season ranked No.17. This ranking is the second highest ranking in school history, next to the No.15 spot the Seminoles received heading into the 2011 season.
Since the arrival of head coach Jennifer Hyde, the Seminoles have rewritten the history books and they’re looking to continue that trend in 2012. With 17 of their 20 opponents being ranking in the top 75, the Noles will face one of the toughest schedules they’ve ever played. 12 of those 17 are teams from the ACC, six of which are listed inside the top 15.
Finally, the Seminoles will face the top team in the nation in the Florida Gators, who are the reigning National Champions.
In this first batch of rankings for 2012, the Seminoles are set to face 36 ranked players inside the top 125 in singles and 16 pairs of doubles team ranked among the top 60.
The next set of rankings for teams, doubles and singles will come out on Jan. 24.
Returning to the court this season for the Noles is redshirt Junior Noemie Scharle, junior Amy Sargaent, junior Francesca Segarelli and sophomore Ruth Seaborne. They will be joined by newcomers in junior Carolina De los Santos, freshman Mia Vriens and freshman Leyla Erkan.
After sitting out the fall season, Scharle is looking to improve upon her 19-12 singles record and 2011 NCAA singles tournament appearance. Before the fall season, Scharle earned a spot in the All-American Qualifying tournament in Malibu, Calif. as well as a No. 40 ranking, but didn’t play due to injury.
Seaborne snuck into the preseason rankings in the No.99th spot in singles, but didn’t compete in the event during the fall season. She did compete in doubles alongside De Los Santos, where they posted a 5-2 showing, including an appearance in the semi-finals of the main draw of the 2011 ITA Southeast Regional Championships. Last season, Seaborne finished the campaign 17-8 and on an eight-match winning streak. Over the summer, Seaborne competed in many tournaments and capped off her season with both a singles and doubles title in the British Junior National Championships.
Segarelli finished her fall season with a 1-3 record in singles and a 5-3 record in doubles. She was selected to represent the Dominican Republic at the 2011 Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico.
Joining the Seminoles from Stetson University is De Los Santos. In addition to her showing with Seaborne in doubles play, she posted a 4-3 record in singles this fall. While at Steston, she was 44-19 and garnered first team All-Atlantic Sun honors in both her freshman and sophomore seasons in addition to the Atlantic Sun Conference freshman of the year.
A native of Hilton Head, S.C, Erkan posted a 7-7 record during the falls season in singles. She played the most singles matches out of any of the Seminoles during the fall span.
Another rookie, Vriens posted a 2-2 record in singles during the fall season and comes to Tallahassee from Sydney, Australia, where she has a current ranking of No.63 in the country.
Wrapping up the 2011 season, the Seminoles finished with an eight-match winning streak, while defeating five opponents in the top 10 en route to their second ever, ACC title match appearance. Florida State’s run came to an end in the second round of the NCAA tournament against SMU, finishing with an overall record of 15-9.
Florida State’s first match is set for 12 p.m. at the Scott Speicher Tennis Center against Central Florida. Times and locations are subject to change. Check back to Seminoles.com and twitter (@FSU_Wtennis) for updates.