April 1, 2009 - by

April 1, 2009

**Senior Ania Rynarzewska will now be honored Friday, April 3 due to inclement weather heading towards Tallahassee Sunday. Please be advised the Paint it Pick match will still be on Friday as well as senior day for Rynarzewska. If you have any questions, please contact Tania Fernandez at (850) 644-5653 or (786) 554-0527.**


TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – After enjoying a nice jump in the rankings to No.17, the Florida State women’s tennis team (10-6, 3-4) will look to close out the home-match season this weekend on a positive note as it hosts No.34 Wake Forest Friday, April 3 at 3 p.m. and NC State Sunday, April 5 at 12 p.m.

“This weekend is a big weekend for our program, and there are many things going on,” head coach Jennifer Hyde said. “On Friday we play Wake Forest and have our ‘Paint it Pink’ day, helping support the cure for Breast Cancer. Sunday is senior day where we have an opportunity to recognize our lone senior Ania Rynarzewska.”

First up for FSU will be the Wake Forest Demon Deacons. The league foe holds the most wins in the all-time series record with 19 as opposed to FSU’s eight. The last victory for Florida State came last season as the Seminoles dominated five singles courts in addition to winning the doubles point to defeat Wake Forest, 6-1.

This match will have an important meaning to the Seminoles as the team will sport new pink uniforms to support breast cancer research. Fans are encouraged to give to the cause with all proceeds being donated to Susan G. Komen For the Cure foundation.

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After losing to NC State in its final regular season match last year, Florida State is ready for revenge in its second match of the weekend. Although the Seminoles led the all-time series record last year with 14 wins to the Wolfpack’s two, FSU seemed to have trouble last year in closing out the win. After winning the double’s point and earning the first single’s point to have the lead over NC State 2-0, the momentum quickly died down as the Wolfpack fought back with three straight wins. Despite having won the next point to tie the match, Florida State fell to NC State 4-3.

The Sunday match will also pay a special tribute to senior Ania Rynarzewska (Inowroclaw, Poland) as it will be her last home match in her FSU career.

“After our very difficult first half ACC season, we are now on a three-match winning streak we want to keep alive. We are fired up to play at home this weekend and to keep the momentum we have rolling. These are our two final home regular season matches and we really want to take full advantage of playing at home and pack the stands for both matches.”

The Scott Speicher Tennis Center will feature an array of nationally-ranked players this weekend. While Wake Forest brings No.55 Sasha Kulikova, NC State looks to utilize No.104 Lenka Hojkova and No. 113 Berkeley Brock. Hojkova and Brock also make up the doubles threat ranked at No.41. FSU brings in top ranked players in No.30 Noemie Scharle (Colmar-Berg, Luxembourg), No.65 Katie Rybakova (Coral Springs, Fla.) and No.98 Federica Suess (Ludwigshafen, Germany).

Come cheer on the Seminoles and help fight cancer at the Scott Speicher Tennis Center this weekend as admission is free. For more information on promotions taking place throughout both matches, contact marketing assistant Drew Longenecker at dlongenecker@fsu.edu.

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