May 6, 2008
All week leading up the Seminoles’ first home-hosted NCAA Women’s Tennis Championships, Seminoles.com is taking an inside look at the talented parts that make up one of the best Florida State women’s tennis squads in school history.
Part two today focuses on the Seminole forces on courts five and six who keep the energy inside Scott Speicher Tennis Center with their unrivaled consistency behind the net.
Freshman Federica Suess is one of three talented newcomers to the 2007-08 Seminole squad, but the Ludwigshafen, Germany-native has yet to show any rookie weaknesses. In fact, with a 31-8 overall record, Suess is the only player on the team thus far to surpass 30 singles wins this year. If the season were to end today, Suess would also have the third-highest dual match single season win percentage in school history.
Suess is so dominant at the number six position she was bumped up to the number five spot during a three-match stretch last month where she went 3-0 including a victory over Georgia Tech’s #39 Kirsten Flower. The Seminole rookie also posted a big win in the number six slot to help push Florida State to a huge victory over #11 Miami in the ACC Tournament. Suess is definitely a rising star to watch out for on the Seminole scene.
On the opposite end of the court from Suess, senior Tapiwa Marobela is laying it all on the line to make her final season at Florida State her best yet. The Botswana-native struggled to find a home in the Seminoles’ line-up early in the season, but found her niche entering the ACC Tournament in April. Playing the number five slot against in-state rivals #11 Miami, Marobela found herself faced with an eerily parallel situation to the second round of the 2007 tournament where she was the last Seminole to fall victim to the Hurricanes and surrender the team win.
This year when Marobela found the team match riding on her shoulders, she put all the cards on the table and played one of the best tennis matches of her life. In spite of crippling cramps in her legs and the late afternoon heat bearing down on her, the veteran star put away her opponent to move the Seminoles into the conference semi-finals for just the second time in school history. Marobela seems determined to finish her senior year with a bang, and that’s just what the Seminoles are hoping for.
Click here to read the part one feature on Florida State’s talented doubles squad.