Claremont, Calif. – Florida State head coach Jennifer Hyde and Team Florida finished in fourth place at the 2016 USTA Girls’ 18 National Team Championships this week, beating the four-seed Eastern region in advancing to the semifinals.
Hyde, the Seminoles all-time wins leader and entering her 13th season as FSU’s head coach, was coaching the team for the first time. Team Florida took a 5-4 victory over Northern California in the opening round before beating Eastern in Round 2 by a similar 5-4 score. Florida fell 7-2 to Southern in the third round before finishing with a 7-2 defeat against Southern California. Those results led Team Florida, the six-seed entering the tournament, a fourth-place finish in the 16-team field.
“Coaching the USTA Florida Team at the National Team Championships was a great experience,” Hyde said. “What a great group of girls to work with. I’m thankful for the opportunity to work alongside the best junior players in our state and nation. This event was a definite success for Team Florida. I look forward to coaching this team again down the road and am thankful to USTA Florida for the opportunity.”
Hosted at the Claremont Tennis Club in Claremont, Calif., each of the USTA’s divisions send a team to the tournament. The event regularly features the top high school-aged players in the country.
For more information on the FSU women’s tennis team, check Seminoles.com for the latest results and scheduling information, or keep up with the team on social media through Twitter (@FSU_WTennis), Facebook (http://seminolesweb-8b76.kxcdn.com/FSU.WTennis), and Instagram (@FSU_WTennis).