April 30, 2013
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –For the seventh-consecutive season, the Florida State women’s tennis team is heading to the NCAA Tournament. The Seminoles (16-9) will travel to Tuscaloosa, Ala. for their first round match against Memphis at 10 a.m. CT on Friday, May 10.
“We’re very excited about our draw,” head coach Jennifer Hyde said. “We thought we may end up in Tuscaloosa. Memphis had a very good season this year. Our records are very similar. I’m just pumped to build off the momentum we have right now from the ACC Championships.”
The Seminoles are coming off one of the best weekends of play in school history, as the `Noles won three matches and appeared in their third-ever ACC Championships Final. Although Florida State fell to (No.10) Miami 4-1, the Seminoles accomplished several feats en route to the championship.
After defeating Wake Forest 4-1 in the opening round, the Seminoles moved on to upset Clemson (No.11), 4-3 in match that lasted over five hours, giving FSU its first win over the Tigers since 2001.
In their fifth semifinal in six seasons, the Seminoles came back and defeated Virginia (No.13) 4-3, after losing the doubles point.
“When you’re coming off a weekend like that, these girls now know what they’re capable of doing,” Hyde said. “That’s something that’s going to be fresh in our minds. We’re just going to put our heads down and get a little fitter and faster before heading off to Tuscaloosa.”
The Tigers (17-9), fell in the C-USA finals to No.24-ranked Tulsa, but have posted wins over then No.16-ranked Virginia and then No.21-ranked Notre Dame during the regular season.
Florida State is 2-0 against Memphis all-time, however both of those matches were played in 1985 and 1987.
The winner of the match will face the victor of Alabama (19-5) and Northwestern State (14-7) on Saturday, May 11 at 1 p.m. CT in the second round of the tournament. The Crimson Tide drew the No.9 seed in the tournament.
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