April 13, 2006
The Noles return home this Friday for their last regular season home match this year. The Noles will be taking on the Duke Blue Devils at 2pm at the Scott Speicher Tennis Center. It’s senior day at women’s tennis so come out and help us salute this year’s senior women’s tennis player. There will be plenty of free giveaways as well as FREE PIZZA!
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida State women’s tennis team (9-11, 2-8 ACC) returns to the friendly confines of Scott Speicher Tennis Center for its regular season finale against No. 7 Duke (15-5, 8-1 ACC) on Friday. The match will begin at 2:00 p.m. and it will officially be “Alina Mihailescu Day” as the lone senior on the team will be honored for her contributions to Florida State over the last four seasons.
“Alina has dedicated a lot of time and effort to the Seminole tennis program during the last few years,” FSU head coach Jennifer Hyde said. “We will be excited to recognize her tomorrow for the outstanding contributions she has made both on the court and in the classroom. Alina is an outstanding student-athlete and she will be greatly missed.”
Led by Suzanna Mansour, Nicola Slater and Lisa Nystrom Skold, the Seminoles edged Virginia Tech, 4-3, in their last outing on Sunday, April 9. Besides grabbing three singles victories, FSU clinched the doubles point with wins at Nos. 1 and 2. The unranked Ania Rynarzewska and Mansour doubles team logged their first upset of the season with an 8-5 win over the No. 47th-ranked Elazari/Larson duo.
Duke holds a 22-1 all-time advantage over Florida State, having last defeated the Seminoles, 4-3, in Durham in 2005. Florida State’s only win came back in March of 1983, with a 5-4 score being settled in Tallahassee.
Five of Duke’s six singles players are ranked – Daniela Bercek at No. 6, Jackie Carleton at No. 29, Tara Iyer at No. 70, Clelia Deltour at No. 103 and Melissa Mang at No. 109.
Florida State, ranked No. 65 nationally, does not have a ranked singles player or doubles team in the Fila Collegiate Tennis Rankings.
The Seminoles will look to keep their season post-season chances alive next week as Florida State travels to the ACC Championship in Cary, North Carolina, April 20-23.