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Season Finale

April 12, 2012

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The No. 33 Florida State women’s tennis team is home for one final weekend of play to close out the2011-2012 regular season as it is set to host No. 70 Virginia Tech on Friday at 3:30 p.m. and No. 15 Virginia on Sunday at 12 p.m.

Friday’s match will be the “Paint it Pink” event in honor of breast cancer awareness. Fans are encouraged to wear pink and join the team in supporting the cause. T-shirts will be available with a minimum $10 donation and all proceeds will benefit the Sharon Ewing Walker Breast Health Center and Tallahassee Memorial Hospital.”

In addition to the “Paint it Pink” this week serves as Sportsmanship Awareness Week for the ACC, which falls from April 9-15. Established in 2010, this week was created in order to recognize and promote sportsmanship during all of the ACC’s competitions.

“We’re fired up for this weekend,” head coach Jennifer Hyde said. “It’s a very big weekend for seeding purposes heading into the ACC Tournament next weekend. It’s going to be a tough way to finish out the season, but that’s what we want this time of year.”

The Seminoles dropped their matches to then No. 8 North Carolina, 4-0 and then No. 3 Duke 4-2 this past weekend, moving to 11-8 on the season and 4-5 in the ACC. Despite the team losses on Tobacco Road, junior Francesca Segarelli defeated then No. 51 Hanna Mar of Duke at 6-3, 6-4 in singles.

In doubles play, freshman Leyla Erkan and sophomore Ruth Seaborne teamed up for a big win as they defeated the then No. 25 team of Beatrice Capra and Rachel Kahan of Duke, 9-7.

Also to note in doubles, Segarelli and Seaborne surged into the ranking this week as they are listed as the No. 31 pair.

“Although we lost those two matches on the road, things are starting to come together for us,” Hyde said. “That was some of the best matches we’ve played all year long, we just didn’t last very long.”

The Hokies come to Tallahassee with a record of 12-10 on this season with a showing of 3-6 in the conference. In their three ACC wins, Virginia Tech has beaten Maryland, Boston College and Wake Forest.

Virginia will come into town after a match with No. 9 Miami on Friday. The Cavaliers are 15-5 and 6-3 in the ACC with conference losses to No. 18 Clemson, No. 5 North Carolina and No. 3 Duke. In singles, Virginia will field four ranked players in No. 19 Emily Fraser, No. 38 Lindsay Hardenberg, No. 97 Li Xi and No. 109 Hanna Tomlijanovic.

In doubles, expect several combinations of ranked pairs as the Cavaliers have five players in four doubles rankings spots. Leading the way is the No. 14 pair of Xi and Fraser. Fraser is also a part of the No. 32 team along with Hardenberg, who teams up with Erin Vierra as the No. 64 duo. At No.60 is the pair of Vierra and Tomlijanovic.

The Seminoles hold the series advantage over the both the Hokies and the Cavaliers as they are 12-1 against Virginia Tech and 21-3 when facing Virginia.

“Going into the ACC Tournament 2-0 this weekend would be phenomenal,” Hyde said. “That’s exactly what we’re gunning for. This time of year we tend to pick it up and play really well. We’re just going to take it one match at a time this weekend as we have our work cut out for us, but we had a great week of practice and everyone fresh. We’re really excited to get on the court on Friday.”

Florida State will head to Cary, N.C. after this weekend for the ACC Tournament on April 19-22. Check back to Seminoles.com and Twitter for more information as the weekend goes on. Below are the live stat links for both matches.

April 13 vs. Virginia Tech: http://www.seminoles.com/sports/w-tennis/spec-rel/fsu-w-tennis-live-updates-fsuvt.html

April 15 vs. Virginia: http://www.seminoles.com/sports/w-tennis/spec-rel/fsu-w-tennis-live-updates-fsuvirginia.html

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