March 30, 2006 - by
Women’s Tennis Hosts No. 24 Clemson, No. 14 Tech On Friday And Sunday

March 30, 2006



No. 67 Florida State vs. No. 24 Clemson
Friday, March 31, 2006

No. 67 Florida State vs. No. 14 Georgia Tech
Sunday, April 2, 2006
10:00 a.m.



The Noles are back at home this week as the women’s tennis team gears up to take on Clemson at 2pm. Be sure to arrive early and pick up your free FSU picture frame magnet.   The women take on Georgia Tech at 10am Sunday. Fans will receive a free shaker! Admission is free so come on out and support the Noles.


TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida State women’s tennis team (8-8, 1-5 ACC) hopes to knock-off its first top-25 team of the season this week, as No. 24 Clemson (11-4, 4-1 ACC) and No. 14 Georgia Tech (14-3, 5-0 ACC) travel to Tallahassee Friday and Sunday.  The Seminoles will face the Tigers at 2pm Friday followed by a 10:00 a.m. match with Georgia Tech on Sunday. 

“We are exciting to be back at home, facing these top-25 teams,” FSU head coach Jennifer Hyde said.  “We are expecting good crowds for both the men and women’s tennis matches.  Both Clemson and Georgia Tech are very good teams on paper.  I think in this conference everyone is vulnerable in some way and it’s just a matter of us finding that vulnerability and exploiting it.  We have been on the verge of a break through and I think everyone’s expectations are very high.  Our team has had a really good week of practice to prepare for this weekend.”

The Seminoles are a young but feisty team and feature four underclassmen in the lineup regularly.  In dual singles matches, freshman Suzanna Mansour has a respectable 9-6 record and junior Nicola Slater owns a team-best 10-5 mark. 

“Our No. 1 player is a freshman (Ania Rynarzewska),” Hyde commented, “and the majority of our lineup is underclassmen.  However, that is not an excuse I allow my players or team to use.  Everyone is responsible for doing their part and stepping up regardless if they are a freshman.  It has been a big learning process for us but by this point in the season we are looking for them to step up as a group.”

As for doubles play, Hyde has featured 12 different combinations of pairs thanks to injuries and illnesses.  The freshman duo of Mansour and Rynarzewska has competed in 12 matches and has a team-high 6-6 record.  They find the most success at No. 3 where the pair owns a 4-1 mark. 

The Seminoles are coming off four straight losses to teams ranked among the top-50 in the country.  Last week, FSU fell to No. 50 NC State and No. 16 Wake Forest on the road. 

After this week, Florida State has three regular season matches left on the calendar including a home finale against Duke on April 14. 

FSU Stats and Notes:

·          The Seminoles find the most success at the fourth and fifth positions in singles where FSU is 9-7 in both slots.

·          Sophomore Tapiwa Marobela and Alina Mihailescu have competed in all but one position in singles. 

·          Junior Nicola Slater is an impressive 7-3 in her last 10 singles matches.

·          FSU wins 53.3 percent of its doubles matches at the No. 3 spot. 

·          The Seminoles have faced 10 straight ranked teams.  Clemson and Georgia Tech will make 12 consecutive ranked opponents for FSU.

Georgia Tech Stats and Notes:

·          The Jackets have five players ranked in singles, including the nation’s top player: Kristi Miller. 

·          Lyndsay Shosho (No. 51), Alison Silverio (No. 61), Kelly Anderson (No. 76) and Tarryn Rudman (No. 105) are also ranked.

·          Two GT doubles pairs are ranked.  Shosho/Miller are No. 12 and Rudman and Silverio are No. 50 respectively.

·          Tech is 14-3 on the season and a 5-0 in league action. 

Clemson Stats and Notes:

·          The Tigers have three players ranked in singles: Federica van Adrichem (No. 45), Maria Brito (No. 113) and Carol Salge (No. 125).

·          Clemson has had four doubles teams ranked.   Some players are ranked more than once because they make up different pairs.

·          Clemson is 11-4 overall and 4-1 in ACC play. 

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