May 5, 2008
After juggling the doubles line-ups all season, the No. 15 Florida State women’s tennis squad seems to have finally found the key to success. At the 2008 ACC Championships the Seminoles won the doubles point in each of their three team matches with the same line-up that will be featured at the NCAA Tournament. In fact, Florida State has not lost a doubles point since facing Georgia Tech on April 2 in Tallahassee.
Playing in the spotlight on court one at this year’s NCAA Tournament is a Seminole duo that is certainly no stranger to the center stage. Junior Ania Rynarzewska and freshman Katie Rybakova have the most appearances in the number one doubles spot for the Seminoles this season, with 10 starts under their collective belts. Ranked as high as No. 33 during the season, the team’s doubles highlight came against No. 6 Duke when the duo combined to overpower the No. 3 doubles team in the nation, Melissa Mang and Amanda Granson. Rynarzewska and Rybakova started playing together in the fall where they posted a 5-1 record, earning them a spot at No. 34 in the doubles rankings to start the spring season.
Starting on court two is a pair of German natives who have become Seminole staples in doubles play during the second half of the season. Senior Carolin Walter and Federica Suess are 5-2 in the two spot and 12-4 overall. Walter is a known force in doubles for Florida State after a successful 2007 season where she and partner Nicola Slater posted a 14-5 record and reached as high as No. 14 in the doubles polls. Now she’s found a new ally in Suess who is blossoming into a major doubles threat as well with a 13-4 dual match record (22-6 overall) for her first year at Florida State.
Sophomore sensations Lauren Macfarlane and Jessica Wente share the most history of Florida State’s three go-to doubles squads. The duo holds an impressive 26-5 record for the 2007-08 season including a powerful 20-3 dual match mark. Playing in the number three spot Macfarlane and Wente holds a 12-2 mark including an undefeated stand at the ACC Tournament. Though only in her second year as a Seminole, Utah-native Macfarlane has extra NCAA doubles experience under her belt after playing in the 2006 Indoor Doubles Championships with partner Nicola Slater after posting an 18-6 mark with Slater for the fall and spring.