Feb. 13, 2012
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Former standout Florida State women’s tennis player Katie Rybakova was named as a recipient of the Weaver-James-Corrigan Award announced by the Atlantic Coast Conference Commissioner John Swofford on Monday.
The award is given to 36 athletes among the ACC, pursing a graduate degree that have been distinctive in both the classroom and the arena. Among that number Rybakova is one of three recipients from Florida State.
“I’m very proud of Katie and her receiving the ACC postgraduate scholarship,” FSU women’s tennis coach Jennifer Hyde said. “She has been one of the brightest and most academically driven student-athletes I’ve ever coached. It’s great to see her being rewarded for an honor that she has certainly earned. She demonstrates exactly what it means to be a female student-athlete in the women’s tennis program, not only achieving at very high levels on the court but in the classroom as well.”
A member of the team from 2007-2011, Rybakova proved to be one of the most successful women’s tennis players in Florida State history. In all of her four years, she garnered All-ACC honors in addition to qualifying for the NCAA Singles Tournament, three out of her four years. Rybakova holds the school record for the most singles wins in a season, which she accomplished her freshman year at 28. She is only one of four players in Seminole women’s tennis history to reach the 100 career singles wins mark. The Coral Springs, Fla. native racked up the second highest total at 103 career wins, just one shy of teammate Federica Suess who posted 104. Rybakova’s 70 doubles wins rank fifth on the all-time win list.
In addition, Rybakova has contributed to an overall team success. During her career, the Seminoles made four-consecutive NCAA appearances, including their first-ever sweet sixteen. Just last season, Rybakova was a crucial part of the Seminoles’ end of the season run, where FSU won eight straight matches en route to the ACC Championship match against North Carolina. During that span, the Noles beat five teams ranked inside the Top 15.
Rybakova’s academic achievements match her athletic feats, as she was named to the ACC Academic Honor Roll from 2008-2011 in addition to her Golden Torch winnings in 2008 and 2009, given to the member of the team with the highest GPA.
Also contributing to a team aspect, the Florida State Women’s Tennis Team was awarded the Golden Torch Award in 2008, 2009 and 2011. In 2008, the ITA recognized the Seminoles as their All-Academic Team.
As an English Education major, Rybakova is attending grad school at Florida State University before she moves on to pursuing a doctorate degree in English Education with hopes of becoming a college professor.