April 5, 2007
Tallahassee, FL – No. 17 Florida State women’s tennis (11-5, 4-3) travels to No. 14 North Carolina (16-7, 4-3) and No. 21 Duke (9-5, 4-2) for its final road trip of the season. The Seminoles face the Tar Heels at 2 pm Friday, April 6 and then take on the Blue Devils at 11 am Saturday, April 7. Both matches are viewable online at ACCSelect.com.
First Serve – North Carolina
The Seminoles look to even their all-time record against the Tar Heels on Friday as UNC leads FSU 14-13 since 1982. The Seminoles lost last season 6-1 at the Scott Speicher Tennis Center. The Seminoles last won in 2004 with a 4-3 victory. Before that win, the Seminoles were on a five match losing streak dating back to 2001.
Second Serve – Duke
Florida State began playing against Duke in 1983 with a 6-3 victory; the Seminoles have been unable to record a win since that match. Duke holds a 21-1 record over Florida State over the past 24 seasons. Duke defeated the Seminoles last season 4-1 in their final home match.
Last Serve – Virginia/Virginia Tech
The Seminoles opened last weekend with a 4-3 victory over Virginia on Friday. The Seminoles secured their tenth doubles point of the season against the Cavaliers. Freshman Lauren Macfarlane clinched the victory for the Seminoles. On Sunday, the Seminoles defeated Virginia Tech in a blow out of 7-0.
`Noles In The Poles
After winning two matches this weekend, Florida State advanced from No. 18 to No. 17 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 and 17.
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, six 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. 17 in the rankings, there are five 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
6 Georgia Tech
14 North Carolina
15 Wake Forest
17 Florida State
45 NC State
54 Virginia Tech