April 26, 2011
By Zach Mendelson, Seminoles.com
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – After completing the most successful regular season and ACC Tournament run in program history, the Florida State women’s tennis team have been recognized by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association with the highest ranking in program history at No. 11.
The No. 11 ranking breaks the previous high of No. 14 set by last season’s team. In 2010 Florida State hosted the first two rounds of the NCAA tournament for just the second time in program history, both under coach Hyde, and has been positioned themselves to potentially be selected to host the first and second rounds of the NCAA Tournament again this season.
“We are very excited about the new rankings that came out today,” said head coach Jennifer Hyde. “This team has earned every bit of the recognition they have received from a rankings standpoint. This certainly puts us in a very good position to host the first two rounds of the NCAA Championships and we are anticipating next week’s NCAA Selection Show when the host sites and draws will be announced.”
Florida State advanced to its first ever NCAA Round of 16 appearance in 2010, however another Sweet Sixteen showing is just one of many goals the team has their sights on this year.
“This ranking is the highest in history for any FSU women’s tennis team, but our work is far from done,” added Hyde. “The goals set by this team months ago include more, and this team is on a mission to succeed. We will certainly enjoy the recognition, but there is still much tennis left this spring and more to accomplish in the post-season. Now is when this season really begins and this team definitely believes that there are no limits. We will rest up a bit these next few days, get through the academic challenges of finals week and slowly reset the focus back on us again.”
Leading the way on the ITA Singles Rankings is senior Katie Rybakova (Coral Springs, Florida) who is currently ranked No. 30. Sophomore Noemie Scharle (Colmar-Berg, Luxembourg) checks in at No. 50, while true freshman Ruth Seaborne (London, England) makes her first appearance in the rankings at No. 123. Seaborne is also ranked in doubles, along with sophomore Francesca Segarelli (Rome, Italy) as the duo moved up from No. 81 to No. 72.