May 10, 2012
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – After two weeks without a match, the No.36 Florida State women’s tennis team is set for its first round match up of the NCAA Tournament at 11 a.m. on Friday against No.31 Washington State. This contest will be played in Gainesville, Fla. at the Linder Stadium at Ring Tennis Complex, hosted by the University of Florida.
“This time of year is always tough,” Hyde said. “It doesn’t matter where you are seeded, anything can happen. First thing’s first, Washington State is a good team as we have to show up big.”
In FSU’s sixth-straight NCAA appearance, this match will mark the first ever meeting between the Seminoles and the Cougars.
The Cougars finished the season 18-6 as they are coming off a loss to No.5 Stanford in the Pac-12 Tournament. Washington State is led by two ranked singles players in No. 50 Liumila Vasilieva (18-6) and No.108 Elisabeth Fournier (20-6).
“We did a little bit of scouting on Washington State,” Hyde said. “It’s going to be a tough match. They’ve won consistently throughout the year and they haven’t lost a whole lot. It’s going to take all six of us, showing up strong and everyone being ready both mentally and physically. It’s going to be a dogfight.”
The Seminoles closed out the regular season with a record of 12-9 before beating Virginia Tech in the first round of ACC Tournament. In the quarterfinal round, Florida State fell to No.8 North Carolina, moving to 13-10.
Florida State only has one Sweet 16 appearance in 14 trips, coming in 2010 when the Seminoles defeated North Florida and South Carolina before falling to North Carolina. Last season, FSU defeated Southern in the first round before falling to SMU in the second round.
Florida State and Washington State will be the first match of the day. Following at 2 p.m., the No.2 ranked Gators will face South Carolina State in their first round dual. The winner of each match will play in the second round on Saturday at 3 p .m.
“We’ve had good preparation for this tournament,” head coach Jennifer Hyde said. “I think everyone is ready to go. We’ve been competing against each other and we’re just ready to get into it.”
The host website for these NCAA Tennis 1st and 2nd Round Championships can be found on UF’s web page at www.GatorZone.com (or specifically: http://www.gatorzone.com/tennis/tour/ncaa/2012/). Live internet scoring of all matches will be provided through this site, which also will post final results and post-match quotes and notes.