Feb. 8, 2006
Looking to keep its perfect record intact, the No. 54-ranked Florida State women’s tennis team hosts UCF on Saturday at 11:00 a.m. and Stetson on Sunday at noon. All matches at Scott Speicher Tennis Center are free of charge. Florida State is led statistically by No. 18 Carolin Walter (Bingen, German/Baylor University) and senior Alina Mihailescu (Constanta, Romania). Walter is considered one of the top players in the country and her 2-0 dual record brings her season total to an impressive 12-2 in singles competition. She is the third-highest ranked player in the ACC.
ITA NATIONAL RANKINGS:
Florida State enters the week ranked No. 54 in the nation and junior Carolin Walter is the lone player ranked in singles (No. 18). DOUBLE TROUBLE: When it comes to the doubles point, the Seminoles are right on cue. FSU is 5-1 and has defeated doubles teams by an average of 4.2 points.
SCOUTING THE OPPONENTS:
The UCF women’s team hosts North Florida Tuesday before traveling to face the Seminoles. As of press time, the Golden Knights are 1-2 with ranked losses to No. 2 Florida and No. 44 USF. Megan Hunter has an 11-3 singles record at the No. 5 spot. Meanwhile, the Stetson Hatters are 3-2 with a recent 6-1 loss to No. 45 South Florida. Florida State and Stetson have one common opponent: Auburn. The Hatters lost 5-2 to Auburn while the Seminoles won 4-3.
THE LAST TIME:
Florida State took on UCF last year (2005) and swept the Golden Knights (7-0) earning head coach Jennifer Hyde her first win leading the Seminoles. The last time the Seminoles battled Stetson was in 2004; FSU prevailed in that match 7-0.
JUST FOR THE RECORD:
The last time FSU started the season out 3-0 was in 2004 under the direction of former head coach Lise Gregory. That year, the Seminoles opened the season with a 6-0 record before losing three straight. The 2004 squad went on to finish the 2004 campaign with an 18-8 mark.
Senior Alina Mihailescu and freshman Suzanna Mansour (Greenacres, Fla.) lead the Florida State squad with a 3-0 dual singles record. Carolin Walter is also a perfect 2-0. She did not compete against Florida A&M.