February 8, 2008 - by
It’s a Sunshine State Weekend For No. 22 FSU Women’s Tennis

Feb. 8, 2008


Tallahassee, Fla. – For the second weekend in a row, Florida State’s No. 22-ranked women’s tennis squad will host three matches at Scott Speicher Tennis Center. The Seminoles (3-0) will play the UCF Golden Knights (1-1) on Saturday morning at 11:00 a.m., followed by cross-town rivals Florida A&M Rattlers (0-2) at 3:00 p.m. On Sunday, FSU will finally face off against the Jacksonville Dolphins (2-1) at 1:00 p.m. two weeks after the match was postponed due to rain.

Garnet and Gold Face the Golden Knights

Florida State and Central Florida have not faced each other in dual match format since 2005 when the Seminoles pulled out a win over the regional-rivals Golden Knights 4-3. It was the fourth meeting between the two squads and the fourth win for the Seminoles.

Since then, competition between the two teams has been limited to tournaments, including last fall’s Seminole Invite where sophomores Lauren Macfarlane (Ogden, Utah) and Jessica Wente (Whitehouse, Texas) defeated the Knights’ Anna Yakimchenkova and Isa Ohlinger 8-1. Senior No. 60 Carolin Walter (Bingen, Germany) also notched a victory over UCF in singles against the Knights’ Elvira Serrott 6-1, 7-6(5).

The Seminoles and Golden Knights also met last fall at the ITA South Regional tournament where junior Ania Rynarzewska (Inowroclaw, Poland) and freshman Federica Suess (Ludwigshafen, Germany) doused UCF’s Jenny Frisell and Jennifer Carati 8-4. Suess also defeated Frisell in the singles competition 6-1, 6-4.

Tallahassee Clash: Seminoles vs. Rattlers

In 1982 when Florida State first launched its women’s tennis program, the team’s first opponent was cross-town rival Florida A&M. Saturday afternoon will mark the ninth match-up between the two with FSU holding a dominant 8-0 record over the Rattlers.

The two Tallahassee squads last met in November at the Seminole Invitational, but just for one match between Wente and FAMU’s Alice Izomor. Wente came away with a 6-1, 6-1 victory and went on to the tournament finals.

Last year the two teams crossed paths at Speicher where the Seminoles laid down a dominant 7-0 showing over the Rattlers including two 8-0 doubles victories. On the singles courts, Florida State not only won all six matches in straight sets, but also posted two 6-0, 6-0 wins in the five and six spots.

Seminoles and Dolphins Cash Rain Check

Two weeks after heavy rain forced Florida State to postpone its home-opener against Jacksonville, the two teams will finally face off Sunday in Tallahassee. Including last season’s 6-1 victory, the Seminoles are 7-0 against the neighboring Dolphins dating back to 1989. Although Sunday’s match will mark just the third time since 2002 that the two South Region squads have gone head-to-head, both teams did meet at last fall’s South Regional tournament as well as the Seminole Invitational.

Florida State dominated both fall encounters with the Dolphins as freshman No. 16 Katie Rybakova (Coral Springs, Fla.), currently ranked at No. 16 on the ITA/FILA singles charts, defeated Jacksonville’s Lena Willi 6-2, 6-1 at the South Regional in October. A month later at the Seminole Invite, Macfarlane downed the Dolphins’ Iva Jaresova 6-1, 6-4 while seniors Walter and No. 74 Tapiwa Marobela (Gabarone, Botswana) notched a win over JU on the doubles courts, taking down Jaresova and Tatiana Soldatova 8-2.

Related Articles