March 21, 2008
Tallahassee, Fla.-The No.15-ranked Florida State women’s tennis squad will make its first ACC road trip of the season starting Saturday, March 22 at No. 47 Virginia Tech and continuing Sunday, March 23 at No. 50 Virginia.
“We’ve had a few days off and some much needed and deserved rest during these last 10 days,” said head coach Jennifer Hyde. “We took this time to refocus and get back to doing some hardcore training. I think the ladies are fresh physically and mentally and are ready to get back into competition mode.”
Blacksburg, Va. will be the backdrop for the Seminoles’ first road match on Saturday at 11:00 a.m. as the team takes on the conference rival Hokies. Florida State (11-2, 1-1) is undefeated against Virginia Tech (12-5, 0-3) in all-time results with seven victories since the teams first met in 1985. At their last meeting in 2007, the Seminoles routed the Hokies 7-0 in Tallahassee. Senior Carolin Walter clinched the victory for FSU with a 6-2, 6-2 defeat of V-Tech’s J.J. Larson in the No. 4 spot.
After facing the Hokies Saturday, the Seminoles will move on to Charlottesville, Va. to take on the Cavaliers Sunday at 12:00 p.m. Florida State holds a dominant 16-4 lead over Virginia (6-6, 2-1) in all-time match-ups including last year’s 4-3 win in Tallahassee. The Seminoles swept the doubles competition and clinched the match victory with sophomore Lauren Macfarlane’s 6-1, 6-4 defeat of Britney Larson on court two.
“A big motivator for us right now is actually the FSU men’s team,” said Hyde. “They’re having a great season and have broken into the top ten, which is pushing our ladies team as well.”
Following their road trip to Virginia, the Seminoles will return home for their three biggest matches of the regular season against No. 13 North Carolina on March 28, No. 9 Duke on March 29, and No. 2 Georgia Tech on April 1.