March 8, 2007
Tallahassee, FL – No. 27 Florida State women’s tennis plays two matches this weekend against ACC foes No. 38 N.C. State and No. 14 Wake Forest. The Seminoles face the Wolfpack at 3 pm Friday, March 9 and then take on the Demon Deacons at noon on Sunday, March 11. The matches are held at the Scott Speicher Tennis Center and admission is free to all.
First Serve – NC State
The Seminoles are facing NC State for the 16th time in school history. Florida State lost last season 2-5 but held a seven match win streak dating back to 1999 before the loss. The Wolfpack’s only two wins came in 1998 and 2006. The first match between the schools took place when Florida State joined the ACC in 1992.
Second Serve – Wake Forest
Florida State is 6-17 all-time against the Demon Deacons with Wake Forest currently holding a three match winning streak. Florida State won the first match that was played between the teams in 1985. The largest margin of victory for the Seminoles came in 2004 with a 6-1 win and in 1985 with a 7-2 victory. All of the other matches have been won by one point.
Creeping Up The Rankings
The Seminoles have been itching up the ITA/FILA rankings all season long. At the conclusion of last season, the Seminoles were ranked No. 72 in the nation. To begin this season Florida State was ranked 61 in the nation. The Seminoles have been slowly creeping up the rankings this season and were No. 50 last weekend. Florida State is now No. 27 in the nation, the highest since June 4, 2004 when they were ranked 26th to finish the season.
Florida State currently has three players ranked in singles and two teams in doubles. At No. 62 is freshman Lauren Macfarlane (Ogden, Utah). Sophomore Ania Rynarzewska (Inowroclaw, Poland) is ranked at 82 while senior Nicola Slater (Ayr, Scotland) is No. 92. Slater and junior Carolin Walter (Bingen, Germany) have upset the No. 8, 11 and 20 doubles team to earn a ranking of No. 23. Slater and Macfarlane are ranked No. 35 in doubles as well.
ACC In The ITA/FILA Collegiate Rankings
The ACC is the toughest conference in tennis is it shows with three teams in the top 10, six teams in the top 25 and ten teams in the top 70 of the nation. Although Florida State sits at No. 27 in the rankings, there are six teams in the ACC sitting above them. In singles the ACC boasts three top ten players, including the No. 1 student-athlete in the nation, Audra Cohen of Miami. The ACC has 28 singles and 20 doubles teams in the ITA/FILA rankings.
ACC Schools In The Rankings
7 Georgia Tech
10 North Carolina
14 Wake Forest
27 Florida State
38 NC State
Florida State’s Nicola Slater and Carolin Walter have only played four doubles matches with each other, but they have won all four including victories over the No. 8, 11 and 20 teams in the nation. Both girls have a current winning streak of seven matches, although three of them were played with different partners.