Sept. 6, 2007
Tallahassee, Fla. – Florida State women’s tennis players Lauren Macfarlane, Carolin Walter and Ania Rynarzewska have been selected to participate in the 2007 Riviera/ITA All-American Championships later this month in Malibu, Ca. Macfarlane will compete in the qualifying round of the singles tournament while Walter and Rynarzewska will start out in the pre-qualifying matches. Macfarlane and Walter will also pair up for the first time to compete in the qualifying round of the doubles tournament.
“Besides the national championships, the Riviera All-American is one of the most prestigious tournaments,” said head coach Jennifer Hyde. “To have three girls selected is a very exciting way to start the fall season.”
Sophomore Macfarlane (Ogden, Utah) participated in last year’s NCAA Individuals Tournament as well as the NCAA Team Tournament alongside her Seminole teammates. Also in her freshman season, Macfarlane posted a 28-8 record, giving her a spot at No. 2 on Florida State’s all-time single-season wins list with an .807 winning percentage. She was ranked as high as 58th during the spring and looks to build on an already impressive career this fall with the Seminoles.
Returning for her senior season, Walter (Bingen, Germany) is appearing in the Riviera All-American for the second consecutive year. In last year’s NCAA Team Tournament, Walter defeated No. 107-ranked Ashley Joelson of UCLA in three sets in the second round. She also notched a 26-9 record in doubles and boasted a No. 16 doubles ranking with partner Nicola Slater.
Junior Rynarzewska (Inowroclaw, Poland) spent most of last season recovering from surgery, but still managed to attain the No. 52 spot in the national rankings and post an 8-1 record on the Seminoles’ home court.
Starting Sept. 29, Rynarzewska and Walter will compete in the first field of 64 trying to earn one of eight spots in the qualifying round with Macfarlane, which begins Oct. 2. It will take three match victories to advance to the 64-player qualifying set and another three victories to advance into the tournament’s final draw of thirty-two.
“The best players in the country will be there,” said Hyde. “I’m excited to put the girls up against them and see how they do.”
Macfarlane and Walter will also begin the qualifying round of the 32-team doubles tournament on Oct. 2 with the final draws for both singles and doubles beginning Oct. 4.