April 12, 2007
Tallahassee, FL – No. 14 Florida State women’s tennis (12-6, 5-4) finishes out the regular season with a pair of home matches at the Scott Speicher Tennis Center. The Seminoles face Boston College (4-14, 0-9) on Friday, April 13 at 3 pm. Florida State will honor seniors Nicola Slater and Miranda Foley on Sunday, April 15 at noon against Maryland (8-12, 1-8).
First Serve – Boston College
The Seminoles look to play the second match between the two schools on Sunday. Last season, Florida State defeated the Eagles 4-3 at Chestnut Hill in the first ever meeting between the schools. Senior Nicola Slater won her singles match last season 6-4, 4-6, 6-3. This will be the Eagles first trip to the Scott Speicher Tennis Center.
Second Serve – Maryland
Florida State is 12-3 all-time against the Terrapins. Last season Maryland defeated the Seminoles 4-3 for the first time since 2002, which FSU lost 4-3. Every Florida State loss has been by point. Last season, junior Tapiwa Marobela and Slater both won their singles matches against the Terrapins.
Last Serve – UNC/Duke
The Seminoles opened last weekend with a 4-3 loss to No. 14 North Carolina on Friday. Florida State returned to the court in full strength and defeated No. 16 Duke for the first time since 1983. Slater, freshmen Lauren Macfarlane and Jessica Wente and junior Carolin Walter all won their singles matches to clinch the win over the Blue Devils.
`Noles In The Poles
After defeating Duke this weekend, Florida State advanced from No. 17 to No. 14 in the nation in the ITA/FILA rankings. The Seminoles were ranked No. 13 on March 13, the highest in program history. To begin the season Florida State was ranked 61 in the nation. The Seminoles have been advancing up the rankings making stops at No. 59, 58, 50, 27, 13, 15, 18, 17 and now 14.
Florida State currently has two players ranked in singles and two teams in doubles. At No. 99 is freshman Lauren Macfarlane (Ogden, Utah). Sophomore Ania Rynarzewska (Inowroclaw, Poland) is a few spots behind her at No. 102. Senior Nicola Slater (Ayr, Scotland) and junior Carolin Walter (Bingen, Germany) have upset doubles teams all season to earn a ranking of No. 19. Slater and Macfarlane are ranked No. 37 in doubles as well.
ACC In The ITA/FILA Collegiate Rankings
The ACC is the toughest conference in tennis and it shows with three teams in the top 10, seven teams in the top 20 and 10 teams in the top 55 of the nation, in fact, Boston College and Maryland are the only schools not ranked by the ITA. Although Florida State sits at No. 14 in the rankings, there are four teams in the ACC sitting above them. In singles the ACC boasts three top ten players, including the No. 1 student-athlete in the nation, Audra Cohen of Miami. The ACC possesses 28 singles and 16 doubles teams in the ITA/FILA rankings.
ACC Schools In The Rankings
4 Georgia Tech
11 North Carolina
14 Florida State
19 Wake Forest
42 NC State
55 Virginia Tech