May 6, 2010
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Senior Lauren McCreless of the Florida State women’s tennis team was selected Thursday morning by the NCAA Division I Women’s Tennis Subcommittee to compete at the 2010 NCAA Division I Women’s Tennis Championships. Beginning May 26-31, McCreless will travel to the Dan Magill Tennis Complex in Athens, Georgia to face the nation’s elite athletes.
“Lauren just missed the cut her freshman year and that’s been a sting for her ever since,” FSU Head Coach Jennifer Hyde said. “It’s definitely kept her very motivated. She has done an unbelievable job leading this team and she absolutely deserves this.”
McCreless was one of 45 at-large selections made in addition to the 19 automatic qualifiers. This season, McCreless has made a tremendous impact for FSU on court one as she holds a 13-8 record in dual-match play. Overall, the Ogden, Utah native boasts a 25-10 singles record and a 22-16 doubles mark. Currently boasting a No. 22 ranking, the Seminole has been consistently ranked in the top 46 of the country all season long. She has not only trumped 10 ranked opponents in singles, but has also upset three ranked doubles teams.
“It’s a true honor to be going to this tournament,” McCreless said. “My whole career I have been working to get a spot and now I will finally be able to compete with the top athletes in the country.”
FSU’s All-Time Career Singles Wins Leader, McCreless is just one match ahead of fellow senior Jessica Sucupira as she own 101 triumphs. However, the order of the duo is swappedwith Sucupira leading the All-Time Career Doubles Wins list with 93 victories and McCreless in second place with 77 wins.
“Lauren is capable of going in there and winning the whole thing,” Coach Hyde said. “She will need to keep her head down and keep doing what she has been doing all season. She will need to play her game from the start of the match. She could do some very serious damage and we are very excited for her to finally have this opportunity.”
All matches will be the best of three sets and regular scoring will take place. In order to have been considered for the esteemed list, a singles’ player must have competed in a minimum of 13 matches and have been ranked in the ITA Top 125.