March 29, 2007
Tallahassee, FL – No. 18 Florida State women’s tennis (9-5, 2-3) hosts two matches this weekend at the Scott Speicher Tennis Center after being away for three weeks. The Seminoles face the Virginia Cavaliers at 3 pm Friday, March 30 and then take on the Virginia Tech Hokies at 12 pm Sunday, April 1. The Virginia match will be available on ACC Select.
First Serve – Virginia
The Seminoles hold an all-time record of 16-4 against the Cavaliers dating back to 1992 when the Seminoles joined the ACC. Last season, the Cavaliers beat Florida State 6-1, the largest margin of victory Virginia has ever held over Florida State. The Seminoles longest win streak dated from the ACC Tournament in 1996 to 2001 consisting of seven wins.
Second Serve – Virginia Tech
Florida State is 7-1 all-time against the Hokies with their only loss coming in 1998 4-5. The first match between the schools took place in 1985 where the Seminoles won 7-2 in the last match of the season. Florida State blanked the Hokies in 2005 with a 7-0 victory in the first ACC contest between the schools.
Last Serve – Clemson/Georgia Tech
Last week, the Seminoles went 0-2 with losses against No. 7 Clemson and No. 6 Georgia Tech. The Seminoles fell to the Tigers 5-2, but did upset the No. 12 and 45 doubles teams in the nation. Freshman Jessica Wente (Whitehouse, TX) picked up the only win in singles. Against the Yellow Jackets, Florida State lost 6-1. Freshman Lauren Macfarlane won the only singles match for the Seminoles.
Creeping Up The Rankings
After falling in two games last weekend, the Seminoles fell from No. 15 to No. 18 in the ITA/FILA rankings. The Seminoles lost to No. 7 Clemson and No. 6 Georgia Tech. Florida State was 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 and now 18.
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 20 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. 18 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 29 singles and 15 doubles teams in the ITA/FILA rankings.
ACC Schools In The Rankings
7 Georgia Tech
13 North Carolina
17 Wake Forest
18 Florida State
45 NC State
70 Virginia Tech