May 8, 2008
Tallahassee, Fla.- As soon as the first serve is sent across the net Friday morning, the No. 15 Florida State tennis squad will become a part of living history as the first Seminole women’s team to host the first and second rounds of the NCAA Tennis Championships at Scott Speicher Tennis Center.
As the Seminoles (18-7, 8-5) prepare to face the Samford Bulldogs (20-5, 12-0) Friday morning at 11:00 a.m., just one question remains; how many more notations will the Seminoles post to the books before their season comes to a close?
The opportunity to turn what’s been an impressive regular season run into an unprecedented postseason is certainly within the grasp of the program. A win on Friday would put the Seminoles into the second round of the tournament for just the fourth time in program history. A win there would move the Seminoles over a bar previously untouched by FSU women’s tennis programs of the past, securing them a spot in the final 16 for the first time in school lore.
“They’ve already made history,” said head coach Jennifer Hyde. “It’s just a matter of now of being prepared and well-rested. We’ve done all the little things we need to do to put ourselves in a situation to be successful. We’re just going to get out there and have some fun and see what we’re capable of.”
But first the Seminoles have to tread in another realm of unknown territory against the Samford Bulldogs. Although the two teams will face off for the first time in dual match competition on Friday morning, they have met before in individual competition at the Seminole Invitational last November in Tallahassee.
If Florida State makes it through to the second round on Saturday afternoon at 4:00 p.m., the team will either face No. 19 Texas or No. 43 South Florida in order to advance to the round of 16 in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Fans are encouraged to come out and support the Seminoles squad’s quest for a program-first national championship this weekend. The gates will open an hour before play begins.
Daily admission to Scott Speicher Center is $5 for adults and $3 for students. Concessions will be available upstairs, which means patrons will not be allowed to bring their own food and beverages into the stands.
For more coverage, visit Florida State’s official NCAA Tournament page here.