April 3, 2008
Tallahassee, Fla.- With just two weeks to go until the ACC Championships kick off in Orlando, Fla., the No. 18 Florida State women’s tennis squad is back on the road this weekend against conference opponents Maryland (3-13, 0-6) and Boston College (9-7, 1-6). The Seminoles (13-5, 3-4) will take on the Terrapins on Friday, April 4 at 3:00 p.m. in College Park, Md. before heading up to Boston to face the Eagles on Sunday, April 6 at 9:30 a.m.
Florida State holds a lead over the Maryland in the all-time series with 13 wins to the Terrapins’ three since the two teams first met in 1993 when Florida State joined the ACC. This year, the Terrapins are struggling to stay alive in the conference as they currently sit at rock bottom in last place without a single ACC victory this season.
Last year, the two squads met in Tallahassee where Florida State cleaned up on Maryland and posted a 7-0 result. On courts 2-6, seniors Carolin Walter and Tapiwa Marobela dominated singles in straight sets, as did junior Ania Rynarzewska and sophomore Jessica Wente. In the number two spot, sophomore Lauren Macfarlane had a tougher time putting away Maryland’s Michal Amir, as she defeated her 6-1, 4-6, 10-6.
The Seminoles won the doubles point as well, with Macfarlane and Marobela posting an 8-2 victory while Wente and Seminole alum Miranda Foley won 8-3.
Sunday’s match in Beantown will mark just the fourth time Florida State and Boston College have met. The Eagles have yet to get a piece of the Seminoles, even after playing them twice last year during the regular season and the ACC tournament.
In the two teams’ first match-up in 2007, the Seminoles dominated the Eagles 7-0 at home. The closest Boston College came to winning a single match was on doubles court one where Walter and Seminole alum Nicola Slater put away the Eagles’ top pair 8-6.
After an across the board sweep, the two teams met just a few weeks later in Cary, N.C. in the first round of the conference championship. Once again the Seminoles easily dominated the Eagles, as they won 4-0 and advanced to the second round of the tournament to face Miami.
Following this weekend’s trip to New England, Florida State has one last road trip to face N.C. State and Wake Forest before heading to Orlando, Fla. April 17-20 for the ACC Championships.