Jan. 27, 2006
THIS WEEK: The Florida State women’s tennis team jumpstarts the 2006 dual season this weekend with a noon home match against Auburn Sunday at the Scott Speicher Tennis Center. On Friday evening, Jan 27, over 500 tennis fans, members of the media and Florida State boosters will gather on the campus of Florida State University to celebrate the upcoming men’s and women’s tennis season at the 4th Annual “First Serve” Preseason Banquet. Many of the attendees are expected to attend Sunday’s match.
“We are really excited to start the spring season,” Florida State head coach Jennifer Hyde said. “Historically, Auburn is a good program and they come into the match with three wins under their belt. Although this is our first official dual match, we did gain valuable experience last weekend at the Northwestern quad tournament. We hope that people who attend tonight’s banquet will come out and support us in our first home competition of the season.”
ITA NATIONAL RANKINGS: Florida State starts the 2006 season ranked No. 50 in the first ITA poll of the season, released on Jan. 10. The Seminoles newest member of the team, Carolin Walter (Bingen, Germany/Baylor University) earned a preseason ranking of No. 18 (singles) by the ITA.
We hope that people who attend tonight’s banquet will come out and support us in our first home competition of the season.”
A LOOK AT THE OPPONENT: Auburn, picked to finish 11th in the Southeastern Conference, owns a 3-0 record with victories over Jacksonville, North Florida and Stetson. Auburn junior Dzelian Memisis earned SEC Co-Player of the Week this past Monday with two singles wins against Jacksonville and North Florida at the No. 4 position.
THE SERIES: Sunday’s match marks the 15th all-time meeting between the two schools with Florida State owning a 12-4 mark.
WALTER JOINS TEAM: Florida State junior transfer Carolin Walter, ranked No. 18 in singles nationally, joined the team just two weeks ago and will make her Florida State debut Sunday. Walter finished last spring ranked No. 50 in the country before storming on the court during the fall season and posting an impressive 10-2 singles record that allowed her to jump 32 spots in the preseason rankings. She posted wins over the No. 9, No. 15 and No. 92 players in the country.