February 16, 2018 - by
Tennis Welcomes back Speicher Family for Military Appreciation Weekend

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –The Florida State women’s tennis team (5-2) continues their home stand this weekend as they host the Air Force Academy (12 p.m.) and Georgia Southern (5 p.m.) on Saturday. These matches will be a part of the tennis team’s fourth annual Scott Speicher military appreciation weekend.

As a part of the military appreciation weekend the unveiling of the new Scott Speicher memorial in front of the tennis center will be unveiled Friday, February 16th at 2:00 p.m.

President John Thrasher, women’s tennis head coach Jennifer Hyde, Student Veterans Center Director Billy Francis and Scott’s squadron mate Buddy Harris will preside over a brief welcoming ceremony. The FSU Air Force ROTC color guard will present the colors and Seminole Sound will play the national anthem.

The event will be attended by members of the family of FSU alumnus and U.S. Navy Capt. Scott Speicher, for whom the university’s tennis center is named. Speicher, who earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting and business management from Florida State in 1980, became the first American casualty of the Persian Gulf War when his F/A-18 Hornet fighter was shot down Jan. 17, 1991.

The Seminoles are a combined 11-0 against their competition this weekend including a 9-0 record against Georgia Southern and a 2-0 record against the Air Force Falcons. Florida State last took on Georgia Southern in 2006 when the Garnet and Gold defeated the Eagles 7-0 in coach Hyde’s second season at FSU. Florida State took on Air Force last season for the third annual military appreciation weekend. The Seminoles took down the Falcons 5-2 in Tallahassee.

Fans and guests are encouraged to arrive early for Saturday’s 12:00 pm match against the Air Force Academy.

As a token of appreciation for their service, commemorative challenge coins will be presented to Air Force players by the women’s tennis team. The awarding of challenge coins is part of a military tradition that dates back to World War I.

Numbers to Note
20 Highest team ranking since the final poll of the 2013 season
3 Ranking of Florida when Florida State defeated them on Feb. 3 was tied for the highest ranked win in program history.
6 Sophomore Carla Touly has recorded six doubles victories in seven matches to lead the Noles in doubles wins this spring.
2 Touly and sophomore Andrea Garcia are tied for the lead in match-clinching wins with two apiece.
4 Garcia and senior Gabby Castaneda lead the team with four singles wins each.
200 Head Coach Jennifer Hyde earned her 200th win at Florida State this past weekend with a 6-1 win against FAU. She is the all-time winningest coach in Florida State women’s tennis history win 201 wins and 256 career wins.
4 Florida State has won six of the seven doubles points this season, including doubles wins over No. 2 Vanderbilt and No. 3 Florida.

Noles in the Polls
In the latest USTA poll, Florida State comes in at No. 20. The Seminoles also have one ranked singles players and one doubles pair. Sophomore Carla Touly came in ranked No. 90 and the duo of sophomore Andrea Garcia and freshman Petra Hule are ranked No. 50 in this week’s Oracle/ITA rankings.

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