April 16, 2008
Tallahassee, Fla. – With the regular season now a thing of the past, No. 19 Florida State heads to Altamonte Springs, Fla. this week for the 2008 ACC Women’s Tennis Tournament. For the second year in a row, the No. 6 seed Seminoles will kick off the conference championships against No. 12 seed Boston College. The two teams will face off at 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 17 at 3:00 p.m. at Sanlando Park.
“We are very excited for the upcoming ACC Championships,” said head coach Jennifer Hyde. “The team has been preparing for this weekend for the last seven months. We’ve had a few lows and some tremendous highs, but we know that the best is still to come.”
Last year the Seminoles dropped the Eagles 4-0 to move on to the second round of the tournament. After earning the doubles point the Seminoles posted the three remaining points needed to win the match with a trio of wins from sophomore Lauren Macfarlane, junior Ania Rynarzewska and senior Carolin Walter.
In all, Florida State is 4-0 against Boston College since the two teams first met in 2006. Just two weeks ago the Seminoles picked up their most recent win, a 6-1 trouncing of the in Boston. Walter clinched the Seminole win with a 6-0, 6-3 victory on court three.
Of the 16 conference tournaments they have participated in, the Seminoles have made it past the first round 14 times and into the third round just once. Last year, Florida State advanced to the second round of play before suffering a heart-breaking 4-3 loss to Miami in Cary, N.C.
If Florida State can get past Boston College on Thursday, the team would have a re-match with the No. 3 seed Hurricanes on Friday at 3:00 p.m. The Seminoles already exacted their revenge in a 5-2 upset over Miami at home earlier this year, but a second win would be twice as sweet.
“Right now we are just taking things one swing at a time,” said Hyde. “We are very excited for everything that’s ahead of us.”
Coverage of the ACC Women’s Tennis Championship will be made available On-Demand every night at 8 p.m. on www.ACCSelect.com from April 17-20.