Feb. 11, 2010
MADISON, Wis. – The No. 21 Florida State women’s tennis team (3-2) will travel to its first ITA National Indoor Championships beginning Friday, February 12, as the Seminoles are slated to open the first round against No. 5 Baylor at 10 a.m. (EST). Host Wisconsin will welcome 16 of the top teams in the nation to the A.C. Nielsen Tennis Stadium.
“The first two rounds of Indoors out in California definitely worked in our favor,” FSU Head Coach Jennifer Hyde said. “The girls definitely took advantage of taking the opportunity to make it to the final 16 for the first time in program history. We haven’t seen Baylor in five years. They have been a national powerhouse since then.”
In what will be the Seminoles strongest preparation for conference and postseason play, FSU will join No. 2 Northwestern, No. 3 California, No. 4 Georgia, No. 7 Florida, No. 8 USC, No. 10 Tennessee, No. 12 UCLA, No. 16 Michigan and ACC rivals No. 1 Duke, No. 6 Miami, No. 9 Georgia Tech, No. 11 North Carolina and No. 15 Clemson in Madison, Wis.
“The great thing about this tournament is that there is not a weak team so regardless of how we do, it’s going to be a weekend of endless opportunity for us,” Coach Hyde added. “First and for most we are really going to have to dig our teeth into the match against Baylor and take advantage of the fact we have had a lot of indoor play in the past week. We need to take some of the momentum from last week into this weekend and really focus on that first match.”
Baylor enters the match with four players ranked in the singles poll in No. 17 Lenka Broosova, No. 24 Nin Secerbegovic, No. 55 Jelena Stanivuk and No. 70 Csilla Borsanyi and one doubles threat in No. 13 Broosova and Borsanyi.
Although FSU also has nationally-ranked players in No. 23 Lauren McCreless, No. 62 Francesca Segarelli and No. 115 Amy Sargeant, it will take every ‘Nole to take care of business on their court in order to overcome the hurdle and move on to the next round.
The Garnet and Gold lead the all-time series record over Baylor 5-3, with the last meeting being in 2005 where FSU fell to the Bears 5-2 in the season opener.
If successful in the first round, FSU would face either Georgia or conference rival North Carolina in the quarterfinals at 4:30 p.m. (EST) on Saturday.
“It was great to play Northwestern last week because they were No. 2 in the country. Having exposure on a consistent basis to the best teams in the country is going to prepare us for later in the season. We need to take advantage of those opportunities because it’s really going to help us in the long run.”
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