Dec. 2, 2005
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida State women’s tennis program has signed touted high school tennis players Lauren Macfarlane (Odgen, Utah/Weber HS) and Jessica Wente (Whitehouse, Texas/Whitehouse HS) to a National Letter of Intent, it was announced today by Seminole head coach Jennifer Hyde. Also, Nicola Slater (Ayr, Scotland/Southern Miss.), a college transfer from Southern Mississippi, has signed a scholarship at Florida State and plans to enroll in January.
Macfarlane is a native of Odgen, Utah, and is a 5-foot-8 standout tennis player at Weber High School where she holds a 3.89 GPA. A two-time Utah high school state champion and four-time all-region winner, Macfarlane placed sixth nationally in the 2004 Girls 16’s hard court championships. For the last two years she has been the top-ranked player (juniors) in her section and peaked nationally at No. 19. Macfarlane also runs track and is an officer for the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA). She volunteers for the Ogden Symphony Ballet Association and the Odgen Opera Guild.
“I know that by coming to Florida State I will be able to reach my goals and become a better person and player,” said Macfarlene. “While I am [a member] of Florida State women’s tennis team, I hope to help build the program, keep the team unity, and develop an atmosphere of hard work, fun, and trust. The coaches and staff at Florida State are outstanding, and they want their athletes to reach their potential and are willing to work as hard as necessary to accomplish it.”
Jessica Wente hails from Whitehouse, Texas, and is the 2005 Class 4A state singles champion. Her state championship honor was much deserved last season as she was the singles finalist during the 2003 and 2004 campaigns and holds the most wins ever by a tennis player at her high school. Wente, a member of the winning 2005 Jr. Federation Cup Team, earned the United States Tennis Association (USTA) National Open Sportsmanship award and clinched the USTA National Open Doubles championship. In the 18s division, she was the singles finalist at the USTA Texas Sectional Championships. Nationally, Wente ranks No. 12 (girls 18) in doubles and No. 81 in singles. In Texas, she is ranked fourth in her division. A super-intelligent athlete, Wente holds a 3.769 GPA and is a member of the National Honor Society.
“I am so excited,” said Wente, who is also the senior captain of her basketball team and a three-year letter winner. “I love that the university is located in sunny Florida and the fact it’s located near the beach. The main reason I chose FSU was that the girls on the team won me over when I first arrived in Tallahassee. They made me feel like I was already on the team.”
Slater, who is originally from Scotland, enters Florida State with a career singles mark of 43-20 and a doubles record of 30-27 while competing for two seasons at Southern Miss. She played at the No. 1 singles spot during her freshman and sophomore campaigns and completed the seasons with a 17-4 and 14-6 duals record. Slater was the first Southern Mississippi women’s tennis player to post 20 wins since the 1998-99 season. She was selected to the third-team All-Conference USA team during the 2004 season.
“I’m so excited,” said Slater, “and I can’t wait to be playing for Coach Hyde. Florida State has a serious program, fantastic schedule and it is in a nice location. I hope to aid the team in achieving its highest ranking in history and I hope to obtain my degree.”
The Florida State women’s tennis team opens the 2006 season on Friday, Jan. 20.