April 10, 2008
Tallahassee, Fla. – Four months after kicking off the 2008 season at home against Rice University, No. 19 Florida State (15-5, 5-4) will finish out the regular season this weekend on the road against No. 35 Wake Forest (8-11, 4-6) and No. 45 N.C. State (11-9, 4-6). The Seminoles will take on the Demon Deacons Friday afternoon at 3:00 p.m. in Winston-Salem, N.C. before ending the season on Sunday against the Wolfpack in Raleigh, N.C. at 1:00 p.m.
Last time Florida State faced conference rivals Wake Forest, the latter team was ranked 14th in the nation, seven spots ahead of Florida State. A tough match came down to the final singles battle where Lauren Macfarlane, a freshman at the time, took down a Demon Deacon senior, Ashlee Davis 6-3, 2-6, 6-3 to clinch the Seminole upset 4-3.
This year, it’s the Seminoles who are on top in the rankings, leading Wake Forest in both the conference and national standings. Florida State still trails Wake Forest in the series record, however, with just eight wins the teams’ 25 match-ups.
The Seminoles’ have a much better record against their season closers, the Wolfpack. In that battle, FSU has a dominant 15-2 lead on N.C. State. In 2007 at the Scott Speicher Tennis Center, the No. 27 Seminoles toppled the No. 38 Wolfpack 5-2. Florida State took the doubles point and secured four big singles wins including junior Ania Rynarzewska‘s match on court two against N.C. State‘s Berkley Brock. Despite dropping the first set, Rynarzewska roared back to win the match 2-6, 6-3, 6-3.
Next week will be a short one for the Seminoles as they will return to courts on Thursday in the first round of the ACC Championships in Altamonte Springs, Fla. Florida State needs a victory in the second round of the conference tournament for a chance to host NCAA Regionals in Tallahassee May 8-10.