TALLAHASSEE, Fla- Florida State women’s tennis head coach Jennifer Hyde has announced the team’s 2017-18 schedule.
Coming off a 17-12 season and their first trip to the NCAA Championship in three years, the Seminoles will face 12 teams that ended the 2017 season ranked in the Top-33.
“Every year we are going to have one of the toughest schedules in the country because of our region and conference play,” said head coach Jennifer Hyde. “We want to play against the best teams; we want to be challenged in every match that we step out on the court and our schedule allows that. It also allows for our girls to play in Futures events throughout the year. This helps in getting them to their goal of playing tennis professionally after college.”
Florida State’s fall schedule contains 10 tournaments including the ITA Southeast Regional Championship in Athens, Ga., and the ITA National Fall Championships in Indian Wells, Calif. The Seminoles cap off their fall schedule by hosting the FSU All Conference Showdown in Tallahassee on Nov. 10-12.
“The fall schedule is a great opportunity for us to get some good individual wins and extra playing time,” said Hyde.
The Noles start their spring season on January 8th at the ITF Futures event in Daytona Beach, Fla. They then travel to Hawaii to take on Utah and then compete in a tournament against Utah and Hawaii-Mano (Jan. 11-14). From there the garnet and gold head to Champaign, IL. to take on the Illinois (Jan. 21).
At the end of January, the Seminoles head to Nashville, Tenn. to compete in the ITA Kick-off Weekend hosted by Vanderbilt to take on Virginia and either Vanderbilt or Nebraska (Jan. 26-27).
On February 3rd the Noles head to Lake Nona, Fla. to take on the reigning national champion Florida Gators in the Fresh from Florida Sunshine Showdown. The match is hosted at the USTA National Campus.
Florida State plays at home for the first time on Feb. 10th as they take on Florida Atlantic and Mercer in their first of four double headers of the season. The Noles stay at home the next weekend to take on Air Force in the Military appreciation match and Georgia Southern in another double header on Feb. 17th.
“We are also excited to host our military appreciation event again this February as we play Air Force,” said Hyde. “We will be unveiling our new Scott Spicher memorial in front of the tennis facility. We are proud of the efforts of our athletic department and Billy Francis with the Student Veterans Center, to help recognize this facility properly after so many years.”
The Seminoles open up ACC play the next week against Georgia Tech on Feb. 25th at home before heading to Clemson on March 2nd. The garnet and gold come back home to take on Pitt on March 4th before heading to Orlando, Fla. to compete in the Orlando ITF Futures Event.
The Noles head back to Lake Nona along with the men’s tennis team for their second match of the season at the USTA Tennis Center, this time against Miami on March 9th.
Florida State comes home for a two match stint against NC State (March 16) and North Carolina (March 18) before going on a four-match road trip against Wake Forest (March 23), North Carolina A&T (March 23), Duke (March 29) and Virginia (March 31).
The Noles come home for the final time of the 2018 season against Syracuse (April 6) and Boston College (April 8) before finishing off their home schedule against Virginia tech and Florida A&M on April 13.
Florida State caps off their season on a two-match road trip to Notre Dame and Louisville.
“Our conference is one of the best and deepest conferences in the country,” said Hyde “We can expect come February we will have nothing but an uphill battle and that is exactly what we want with every conference match we compete in.”
The ACC Championships will be held in Cary, N.C. and run from April 25 to April 29.
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