April 1, 2008
PLAY IS SCHEDULED TO RESUME IN THE GEORGIA TECH VS. FLORIDA STATE TENNIS MATCH WITHIN THE HOUR.
Tallahassee, Fla.- Florida State’s (13-4, 3-3) regular season play at Scott Speicher Tennis Center will come to an end Wednesday, April 2, with the No. 17-ranked women’s final home match against No. 4 Georgia Tech (13-4, 5-1). The match, designated as this year’s Black Out event, will also honor seniors Carolin Walter and Tapiwa Marobela for their outstanding contributions to the Seminole squad.
The defending national champion Yellow Jackets are actually underdogs when it comes to the Seminoles. Florida State holds the overall series record title against Georgia Tech by a 16-7 landslide. Last year the two squads faced off in Atlanta where sophomore Lauren Macfarlane showed her talents with a dominant 6-4, 6-4 smashing of the Yellow Jackets’ Alison Silviero in the number two spot. Although the rest of the squad was unable to keep pace with the fellow ACC powerhouse, falling 6-1, the sophomore’s big win helped push the team forward and give them a foundation to build on for this year’s contest.
Wednesday’s match will also be a bit of a homecoming for the Yellow Jackets’ newest assistant coach, Florida State alumnus Anca Dumitrescu. The Romanian-native played for Florida State from 2002-04, collecting a long list of accolades including the 2003 ITA South Region Senior Player of the Year and ITA/Arthur Ashe Jr. Award for Leadership and Sportsmanship.
Prior to the start of doubles, however, the spotlight will shine on a pair of current Florida State all-stars (soon to be alumni) who have played huge roles in turning the Seminole program into what it is today.
Walter, a native of Bingen, Germany, came to Florida State from Baylor University in 2005. After leading the Bears on the court as a top-50 ranked singles player for two years, the multinational business major decided she needed a change of pace. Walter–ranked No. 18 in the country at the time–set out to make a mark at FSU. In the two years since, she has done just that, climbing as high at No. 16 in the doubles rankings and posting an overall 49-19 doubles record at Florida State. Walter dominated singles as well, posting an impressive 50-19 mark as a Seminole.
Marobela began her career in Tallahassee at the age of 17 after coming to the U.S. from Gabarone, Botswana. The sport management major saw considerable playing time in her first season, especially on the doubles court where Marobela excelled, posting an overall 13-8 record as a rookie. Marobela, who lead the team in a fundraising campaign to raise money for breast cancer research this season, started to blossom her junior year at Florida State, notching a few key wins including an 8-3 doubles victory over San Diego State in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. After four years of playing time, the Seminole senior is 67-35 in doubles and 57-48 in singles.
The Black Out match will also be available on ACC Select just after the conclusion of singles play.
Fans are encouraged to some out early for the Senior Day festivities and stay for the free pizza, T-shirts and prizes that will be up for grabs.