April 29, 2009
TALLAHASSEE, Fla.– For the first time since 1994, two Florida State women’s tennis players have been selected to compete at the 2009 Division 1 Women’s Singles Tennis Championships. Freshman No. 35 Noemie Scharle and sophomore No. 50 Katie Rybakova will be representing the Garnet and Gold in College Station, Texas beginning May 15-25. This is Rybakova’s second-consecutive year competing at the singles’ tournament. The last and only time FSU has boasted two names on the list was in 1994, head coach Jennifer Hyde’s senior season.
“We are so excited for Katie and Noemie to have been selected,” FSU head coach Jennifer Hyde said. “This is the first time in many years since we have had this many players for this prestigious event. We are excited to have them both stamp their names in history.”
Scharle, a Colmar-Berg, Luxembourg native, has not stopped making an impression on Florida State and the rest of the tennis community since her arrival in January. The newcomer has been nationally-ranked throughout the entire season and has been one of the most instrumental tools for FSU in its successful season this year. Scharle enters the NCAA Tournament next weekend in Gainesville with a dominant 11-3 record on court two.
“We are thrilled Noemie was chosen so young in her career,” Hyde added. “It will be great for her to get a taste of this experience. Any time you come in as a freshman and you make it to the NCAA Championships, it says a lot about your level and says a lot for what’s ahead for your career.”
Rybakova on the other hand has had to prove herself on court one with numerous tough battles. The Coral Springs, Fla. native entered her second season with FSU with a lot of accomplishment her first year. So far this season, Rybakova has led FSU on court one with her defeats of nine nationally-ranked foes. The Seminole enters the tournament with a 14-11 record.
“Katie grew a tremendous amount during this season and persevered through a lot of adversity and for her to be rewarded with a selection is a wonderful pay off for her,” Hyde said.