January 25, 2008 - by
No. 20 FSU Women Face No. 73 JU At Speicher Tennis Center Saturday

Jan. 25, 2008





DUE TO HEAVY RAIN IN THE AREA, FLORIDA STATE’S MATCH VERSUS JACKSONVILLE HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED FOR FEB. 13 AT 4:00 PM IN TALLAHASSEE, FLA.

Tallahassee, Fla. – Still basking in last spring’s success, the No. 20-ranked Florida State women’s tennis team will kick off the 2008 season against regional rivals, No. 73-ranked Jacksonville at 1:00 pm this Saturday, Jan. 26 at the Scott Speicher Tennis Center.

Including last season’s 6-1 victory, the Seminoles are 7-0 against the neighboring Dolphins dating back to 1989. Although Saturday’s match will mark just the third time since 2002 that the two South Region squads have gone head-to-head, both teams did meet at last fall’s South Regional tournament as well as the Seminole Invitational.

Florida State dominated both fall encounters with the Dolphins as freshman Katie Rybakova, currently ranked at No. 16 on the ITA/FILA singles charts, defeated Jacksonville’s Lena Willi 6-2, 6-1 at the South Regional in October. A month later at the Seminole Invite, sophomore standout Lauren Macfarlane downed the Dolphins’ Iva Jaresova 6-1, 6-4 while seniors Tapiwa Marobela and Carolin Walter notched a win over JU on the doubles courts, taking down Jaresova and Tatiana Soldatova 8-2.

The Seminoles will jump into the spring season hoping to continue the momentum swing perpetuated by last season’s stellar 16-8 record (8-5 in the ACC). second-round NCAA Tournament appearance and highest ranking to date at No. 13. The team was especially dominant at home, going 9-1 for the year at the Speicher Center.

Florida State has already tacked onto its spring success with a promising fall that showcased not only the team’s returning veterans, but a few shining freshman stars as well. Despite a rough, 0-2 start to her collegiate career, freshman Federica Suess went on to post a 13-4 mark through last weekend’s Hawaii Invitational.

Suess, Rybakova and fellow newcomer Bonny Davidson will mesh with a talented veteran class this spring including Walter and Marobela who are ranked No. 60 and No. 74 in singles respectively. Coming off a nagging injury from the fall, sophomore Jessica Wente looks to be back in perfect form, posting an impressive 3-0 singles record in addition to a 2-1 mark in doubles at the Hawaii Invite.

Prior to facing off with the Dolphins on Saturday, the Seminole women will join forces with the men’s squad for the annual tennis banquet Friday night at the University Center. This year’s banquet will feature former Davis Cup and French Open champion Tony Trabert as the guest of honor.

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