Feb. 23, 2008
Tallahassee, Fla. – The No. 20-ranked Florida State women’s tennis squad will start its second five-match home stand this Sunday, Feb. 24 against No. 29 Louisiana State. The Seminoles are still rolling through their best season start in program history with a 7-1 record including six straight shutouts.
Nearly a month into the season, sophomore Lauren Macfarlane (Odgen, Utah) remains unbeaten in singles play through the team’s eight matches. Most recently, Macfarlane picked up one of the biggest wins of her career over the University of Florida’s No. 58-ranked Megan Alexander in straight sets 6-1, 6-0.
Sunday’s match with LSU marks the Seminoles’ third straight match against a ranked opponent, as well as their third straight match against the SEC. Florida State overpowered No. 30 Auburn last weekend 5-2 at home before falling to No. 5 Florida on the road Wednesday night 6-1.
The Tigers will bring a powerful line-up to Tallahassee including junior No. 15 Megan Falcon, and the No. 56 ranked duo in the country, Staten Spencer and Mykala Hedberg. But the Seminoles have power of their own in freshman No. 46 Katie Rybakova (Coral Springs, Fla.) and the No. 40 doubles team of Rybakova and junior Ania Rynarzewska (Inowroclaw, Poland).
In all-time meetings between the two teams FSU and LSU are tied 6-6 in the teams’ combined 12 meetings since 1982. Last year, Florida State evened out the record in Baton Rouge, La. with a 5-2 victory over the Tigers. In addition to winning the doubles point, Rynarzewska, Wente, Macfarlane and senior Carolin Walter all posted singles victories to give the Seminoles a win.
After dispensing with its final SEC opponent of the season on Sunday, Florida State will open ACC play next Friday, Feb. 29 against the University of Miami at the Scott Speicher Tennis Center.