January 27, 2010 - by
`Noles Head West For ITA Kick-Off Weekend

Jan. 27, 2010


TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The No. 25 Florida State women’s tennis team will look to bounce back this Saturday, January 30th, as the team will head west to Fresno, Calif., for the ITA Division I Kick-Off Weekend. In addition to the `Noles, host No. 15 Fresno State will welcome No. 38 Ohio State as well as ACC rival Virginia, ranked No. 26.

“The upcoming weekend is a very big weekend for college tennis,” FSU Head Coach Jennifer Hyde said. “There are 64 teams that have a chance to advance to the final site and Sweet 16 of the National Team Indoor Championships. Our first match is against a very good University of Virginia team. Since and because of our loss last weekend, we have learned some invaluable lessons which may not have been learned had we won last Saturday. I’m excited to see how the team responds after a very solid week of practice and preparation for the weekend ahead.”

The second seeded Seminoles will open tournament play against third seeded Virginia at 10 a.m. while Fresno State, seeded No. 1, and fourth seeded Ohio State close competition at 2 p.m. The consolation round will be played on Sunday at 2 p.m. with the championship match beginning at 2 p.m.

The Garnet and Gold look to earn their first dual-match victory with their four nationally-ranked players leading the way including No. 23 Lauren McCreless, No. 34 Noemie Scharle, No. 62 Francesca Segarelli and No. 115 Amy Sargeant.

Although FSU enters the tournament with the most players ranked, they will face stiff competition in No. 4 Anastasia Petukhova of Fresno State, No. 53 Kirsten Flower of Ohio State and Virginia’s No. 72 Lindsey Hardenberg.

At the last championships in 2008, FSU was unable to surpass the first round as it fell 4-1 to Arizona State and again loss in the consolation round to TCU 4-2.

There will be no live stats available, but fans can keep up with the matches as recaps will be available each day on www.seminoles.com.

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