Sept. 8, 2008
Tallahassee, Fla.– The Intercollegiate Tennis Association released the preseason polls Monday and leading Florida State on the singles list was Sophomore Katie Rybakova (Coral Spring, FL) at 24. Named along with Rybakova was junior Lauren Macfarlane (Ogden, UT) in 53rd and sophomore Federica Suess (Ludwigshafen, Germany) finishing off the Seminoles at No. 113. Earning additional spots on the doubles rankings were Rybakova and Macfarlane at No. 40.
“Lauren and Katie have limited doubles playing time together thus far, but we are going to focus on continuing to develop them as a partnership. They have been selected into the All-American Qualifying Doubles Championships (along with both making it into the Qualifying Singles Championship), so they will have some early opportunities against some of the best players in the nation,” head coach Jennifer Hyde said. “Both of these girls have amazing singles and doubles talents and we look forward to continuing their development in both singles and doubles.”
Hyde can now add one more accomplishment to her resume. She has now coached three Seminoles on the ITA Preseason Rankings list, the most in her coaching stint at Florida State.
“I’m very excited for these three young ladies to be getting recognition on the ITA rankings. Our hope is to have this be the case for as many players on our squad as possible as the season progresses,” said Hyde. “We have tremendous depth and look forward to the opportunities this fall that can allow every player a chance to sneak their way into the rankings.”
Two-time All-ACC Honoree Macfarlane, who finished last season with a regional ranking of No. 17, leads the list in being named on both the singles and doubles list. Macfarlane and Rybakova were the only Seminoles named on the doubles list at No. 40.
“Lauren is very eager to compete. She missed a majority of the major tournaments last fall due to an ankle sprain and she is poised and ready to step up this fall and make up for some lost time from last season. She has her mind set and wants to take full advantage of the opportunities that are ahead in the coming weeks.”
As for the singles poll, Rybakova is showing to be one of the most talented players Florida State has seen. As the only freshman to see playing time on court one last seaspm, Rybakova finished with a regional ranking of five on the singles chart and ninth in the doubles poll along with senior Ania Rynarzewska.
“Katie is coming off an incredible freshman year. She was one of only a handful of players to beat last seasons NCAA Champion and with a bit more maturity and growth since this time last year, it will be exciting to watch her compete this fall as she prepares for the spring season. There’s no limit to what she can accomplish this season,” said Hyde.
Rounding off the Seminoles on the singles list was Suess at 113. Suess along with Rybakova had a tremendous freshman season and helped place Florida State in its highest season ranking, No. 12.
“Federica was one of our most consistent performers as a freshman last year. She was `in a habit’ of winning, and I’m so pleased that she is being recognized for her tremendous success during her freshman year. She had quite a few matches on her shoulders last spring where she came through for the team and she has absolutely earned this acknowledgement.”