March 22, 2007
Tallahassee, FL – No. 15 Florida State women’s tennis (9-3, 2-1) plays two matches this weekend against ACC foes No. 7 Clemson and No.6 Georgia Tech. The Seminoles face the Tigers at 3 pm Friday, March 23 at Clemson, SC and then take on the Yellow Jackets in Atlanta at 1 pm Sunday, March 25.
First Serve – Clemson
The Seminoles are facing Clemson for the 23rd time in school history. Florida State lost last season 4-2 and have an all-time record of 8-14 since1982. In the first meeting, the Seminoles won 6-3 and the Tigers won the second match of the season between the schools 4-5. The last Florida State win was in 2001 with a 5-2 victory.
Second Serve – Georgia Tech
Florida State holds a 16-6 all-time record against the Yellow Jackets with Georgia Tech winning the last two matches. Florida State won the first match that was played between the teams in 1985. The Yellow Jackets have won all six of their games since 1998. Florida State did not give up a loss for thirteen years.
Creeping Up The Rankings
After having a week off of no play, the Seminoles went from No. 13 to No. 15 in the ITA/FILA rankings. The No. 13 ranking was 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 and now 15.
Florida State currently has three players ranked in singles and two teams in doubles. At No. 76 is senior Nicola Slater (Ayr, Scotland). Sophomore Ania Rynarzewska (Inowroclaw, Poland) is ranked at 77 while freshman Lauren Macfarlane (Ogden, Utah) is No. 95. Slater and junior Carolin Walter (Bingen, Germany) have upset doubles teams all season to earn a ranking of No. 29. Slater and Macfarlane are ranked No. 40 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 15 and 11 teams in the top 75 of the nation, in fact, Boston College is the only school not ranked by the ITA. Although Florida State sits at No. 15 in the rankings, there are five teams in the ACC sitting above them, not including being tied with Duke. 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 29 singles and 15 doubles teams in the ITA/FILA rankings.
ACC Schools In The Rankings
6 Georgia Tech
12 North Carolina
14 Wake Forest
15 Florida State
44 NC State
69 Virginia Tech
Junior Carolin Walter (Bingen, Germany) has won four straight singles matches…senior Miranda Foley (Cambridge, England) won her third straight doubles match with partner freshman Jessica Wente (Cambridge, England) against Wake Forest…sophomore Ania Rynarzewska (Inowroclaw, Poland) has now played in six straight singles matches after missing the first four matches due to an injury.