Jan. 17, 2006
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – With the 2006 women’s tennis season less than a week away, Florida State Head Coach Jennifer Hyde received a special treat on Sunday when 18th-ranked Carolin Walter (Bingen, Germany) announced her intent to transfer to Florida State from Baylor University.
“We are very excited to have Carolin join the program,” said Hyde, who is in her second season as the Florida State net boss. “She has already proven herself to be one of the best players in the country. Having her on the team is going to be a great benefit for our team and allow some more depth throughout the lineup.”
Walter finished last spring ranked No. 50 in the country before storming on the court during the fall season and posting an impressive 10-2 singles record that allowed her to jump 32 spots in the preseason rankings. She posted wins over the No. 9, No. 15 and No. 92 players in the country.
The addition of Walter will obviously be a bonus for the Seminoles, considering FSU has only two letterwinners returning to the court since senior Miranda Foley will take a medical redshirt this season.
“Carolin is a mature tennis player so her experience on the court will be a benefit for our program,” said Hyde. “I see her fitting in just fine to our system and having an immediate impact on the court. We are extremely excited to have her join us and I’m ready to get the season underway.”
Florida State jumpstarts the 2006 campaign Friday through Sunday (Jan. 20-22) with a showdown in Evanston, Illinois, that includes teams from Northwestern, Penn State, Iowa and New Mexico.
Dominant Hand: Right
2004-2005 (Sophomore at Baylor)– One of two ranked players in singles for the Lady Bears, finished the season ranked No. 50 … Selected to compete in the NCAA Singles Tournament, advanced to the round of 32 before falling to eventual runner-up Audra Cohen of Northwestern (6-1, 7-5) … Won all three singles matches in the Big 12 Tournament and two in the first three rounds of the NCAAs … Played mostly at No. 2 where she was 5-3 … Owns a 12-5 doubles record … Had a 10-match win streak snapped in the NCAA Round of 32. … Posted a 6-2 fall record and was the only Bear to earn an invite to the ITA All-American … Was the only player with a winning record against ranked opponents going 2-1 … Went 1-1 in doubles with teammate Daniela Covello.
2003-04 (Freshman at Baylor) – Only ranked player for the Bears, No.48…Despite being a freshman, was the only Baylor player to play at No. 1…Went 14-9 at the top spot…Had a season-high win streak of six matches snapped during fall play…Longest win streak in dual match play came between March 6 and March 17 when she won four straight…Played matches against 12 ranked opponents and won five of them…Was 25-11 on the season, 14-9 in dual match play and 7-4 in Big 12 action…Teamed with four partners in doubles last season, Daria Potapova, Stephanie Balzert, Daniela Covello and Klara Zrustova…Was 15-13 for the year in doubles, 11-12 in dual matches…Usually played at No. 1 with Potapova, they were 10-5 on the year, including 7-4 in Big 12 matches…Named Big 12 Player of the Week for matches played from March 30 – April 5.
Prior to Baylor – Attended Hildegardis Gymnasium in
Personal – Full name is Carolin Walter … Born Feb. 22, 1984, in Bingen, Germany … Parents are Eckhard and Sabine Walter … Undecided on a major … Likes to play any kind of sports and enjoys playing the piano.