TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The No. 47 Florida State women’s tennis team (12-8, 5-5 ACC) looks to extend the current four-match ACC winning streak against the No. 28 Notre Dame Fighting Irish (16-5, 7-5 ACC) on ACC Network Extra on Thursday at 4:00 p.m. at the Scott Speicher Tennis Center. The nationally-ranked Seminoles are currently riding a four-match ACC winning streak following wins at Louisville, Pittsburgh, Boston College, and against Syracuse at home two weeks ago.
The streak is the longest in-conference winning streak since Florida State won four straight en route to an appearance in the ACC Championship match in 2013.
“It’s really exciting to get into the end of the regular season, especially with two home matches here this weekend,” 13th-year head coach Jennifer Hyde said. “We always talk about the crowd being a huge factor and I know against Notre Dame it’s going to be a huge factor, no question.”
The match is the third nationally-televised match of the season, following February 21 at Miami and a 4-0 win at Louisville.
The Seminoles are looking to avenge a 4-3 loss in South Bend last season that saw Florida State take the doubles point, fall behind 3-1, and rally from behind in singles to tie the match 3-3 before falling on the final court.
Florida State enters the final homestand of the season with Notre Dame match on Thursday night followed by a match with the No. 46 Clemson Tigers on Sunday at noon. Before the Clemson match, senior Daniela Schippers will be honored as part of Senior Day festivities.
“It’s an exciting time of year and we’ve set ourselves up very well heading into the ACC Championships and just need to keep pushing here these next two weeks,” Hyde said. “Right now, we’re just focused on one match at a time and Notre Dame has got our full focus.”
Noles in the Polls
After a restful week off, the Seminoles stayed put in the ITA poll, checking in at No. 47 in the nation for the second straight week.
The Irish are led by Monica Robinson, who is ranked No. 72 in the ITA polls.
Sophomore Julia Mikulski is ranked No. 105 in the nation in the ITA singles rankings. Mikulski has been ranked in every poll since her career win over No. 4 Sara Daavetila of North Carolina on March 19.
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