March 2, 2006
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THE WOMEN’S TENNIS 4-1-1:
Florida State, looking to knock-off its first top-10 opponent of the season, opens the 2006 ACC season against No. 10 Miami Friday at 2pm. The Seminoles enter the week with a 7-3 record while the Hurricanes are 6-3 overall. The young Seminole squad has a big task at hand versus the `Canes considering their top player, Carolin Walter, announced early last week that she will not play this season. Therefore, Florida State has two underclassmen playing at the top two singles positions, freshman Ania Rynarzewska and sophomore Tapiwa Marobela. The Seminoles are led by Nicola Slater who has an impressive 7-2 dual record with a 4-1 mark in the fourth slot. As for doubles, FSU has featured 10 different combinations this season and the Suzanna Mansour and Rynarzewska duo has the best record at 5-1.
ITA NATIONAL RANKINGS:
Florida State enters the week ranked No. 56 in the nation and no one is ranked in singles or doubles. The new team rankings are released on Wednesday of each week.
FLORIDA STATE VS. MIAMI:
Friday’s meeting will be the 17th all-time match between the Seminoles and `Canes. Miami owns a 14-2 record. Last season the Hurricanes won 5-2. ON A ROLL: Florida State junior Nicola Slater is on a roll, having won five straight matches. The last time she fell in singles was on Feb. 15 at No. 2 UF.
A LOOK AT THE OPPONENT:
Miami heads to Tallahassee five days after upsetting No. 3 Texas 4-3 on the road. The `Canes have won three straight matches including wins over No. 30 Kentucky and Central Florida. Sophomore Audra Cohen ranks 13th in the nation and has won 11 straight singles matches. Cohen and senior Melissa Applebaum make up the 22nd ranked doubles team in the nation and have won five straight matches at the No. 1 spot.