March 29, 2014
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The No. 36-ranked Florida State women’s tennis team (9-7) take to the court on March 30 for a pair of matches against Florida A&M (5-7) at 12:00 p.m. and North Florida (9-4) at 6:00 p.m. Both matches will be held at the Scott Speicher Tennis Center.
There will be a ceremony between the doubles and singles portion of our noon match against FAMU to honor head coach Jennifer Hyde on becoming Florida State’s winningest women’s tennis coach. She accomplished the feat on March 22 with the Seminoles’ 5-2 win at NC State.
“We’ve been hitting the road quite a bit, so it is nice to be home,” said Hyde. “We have a big weekend coming up with North Florida and Florida A&M. North Florida is a good school. They have improved a ton in the last couple of years with their new, young and energetic head coach that came in. We have to be ready and work hard to get prepared.”
The `Noles are 11-1 in their last 12 non-conference home matches at either the Scott Speicher Tennis Center or the Indoor Tennis Facility. Florida State defeated Stetson (4-2), UAB (4-1), LSU (4-1) and Mercer (7-0) and earlier this season at the Indoor Tennis Facility and took down No. 62 USF, 5-1, at the outdoor courts.
Florida State is 7-1 versus the UNF Ospreys all-time and has won all 10 matches played against Florida A&M in program history. The lone loss to North Florida came in 1988 as the Ospreys defeated FSU by a score of 6-3.
Senior Kristina Schleich lost a close three-setter last time out against No. 94 Alyssa Smith of Duke, 5-7, 6-1, 0-6. She is 6-6 in her last 12 singles matches, but only one of those six losses were in straight sets.
FSU’s doubles team of Daniela Schippers and Vriens are 5-2 with spring and are currently on a three match winning streak on court number two together. Overall, each of them are undefeated against conference opponents during doubles.