Tallahassee, Fla. – The ITA/FILA Collegiate Rankings release today, January 9th, ranked Florida State women’s tennis up 11 spots from last year to 61 in the nation. Doubles partners senior Nicola Slater (Ayr, Scotland) and freshman Lauren Macfarlane (Ogden, UT) are ranked 27th in the nation in doubles, while Macfarlane is ranked 58th in singles.
“It’s nice to see that the rankings have gone up,” stated head coach Jennifer Hyde. “However I think there is not one person on the team that is happy with the current ranking.. I think events such as getting into the National Indoor Championship were recognized to an extent, but the rankings that matter the most are the ones that come out at the end of April after regular season play expires for NCAA tournament bids, followed by final rankings published in June. We are motivated to continue to focus on getting to where we need to be between now and then. We have to go out now and prove it when it matters the most, which is during the spring season.”
Slater and Macfarlane garnering 27th in the doubles ranking is great for the program. In the fall season, the pair became the first in Florida State history to play in the National Indoor Championship.
“I definitely think that Nic and Lauren had a couple of losses that kept them a bit lower than they should be, this definitely gives them something to build upon for the meat of the season ahead, ” stated Hyde. “They will have a multitude of chances to play against the best doubles teams in the nation.”
Macfarlane receiving a singles ranking as 58 in the nation is huge for her and as well as the team. Her fall highlights include winning the Gold Draw championship at the Seminole Invitational at Florida State.
“For a freshman, it is very exciting to see the success she has had in a very short period of time. It’s very encouraging to see that she is getting recognition that she defiantly deserves,” stated Hyde.
The women’s season opens on January 20-21 hosting a tournament in Tallahassee with Northwestern, Penn State and Jacksonville at the Scott Speicher Tennis Court.