April 22, 2010
CARY, NC– After earning a second-round spot at the 2010 Atlantic Coast Conference Championship Thursday, the No. 14 Florida State women’s tennis team received the news that not only did Francesca Segarelli earn the ACC Freshman of the Year award, but that senior Lauren McCreless and junior Katie Rybakova were named to the All-ACC list for the third time in their career.
“For Fran to get ACC Freshman of the Year, which is the first for one of my players to earn it, says a lot about the respect she has earned in one year,” FSU Head Coach Jennifer Hyde said. “That definitely will give her some confidence this weekend and the rest of the post season. She has had a great freshman campaign. We look forward to seeing her more awards throughout her career.”
In just her first year representing the Garnet and Gold, Segarelli has had an immediate impact on the success of the team as she has posted a 19-15 singles record that includes five wins over ranked opponents and a doubles mark of 18-16.
For most of the season, Segarelli has held the No. 2 spot for FSU and owns an 8-5 record in the position. Currently ranked No. 101 in the ITA Singles Poll, the Rome, Italy native looks to continue a successful post season with the Seminoles.
No strangers to receiving conference accolades, McCreless and Rybakova earned the recognition for their notable conference play.
McCreless, currently ranked No. 25, has owned the No. 1 position for the Seminoles all season. The Ogden, Utah native holds a 12-8 mark in dual-match play including seven victories over ranked players.
In doubles, McCreless has shared the court with Segarelli for most of the season. The senior holds a 12-8 mark in the dual-match season .
In her third-consecutive All-ACC award, Rybakova has also been a vital reason FSU has been ranked in the top 25 all season. The Coral Springs, Fla., native holds an 12-8 singles mark on court two and a 8-12 doubles record in dual-match play.
“I am really excited for the ACC awards that were earned this year,” Coach Hyde said. “For Katie and Lauren to be a three-time All-ACC honoree is great. I am excited for them.”
Aside from UNC, Florida State was the only school to have both of its selections repeat an appearance on the All-ACC list.