TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida State women’s tennis team looks to snap a six-match skid this weekend as the Seminoles travel to No. 29 Virginia and No. 62 Virginia Tech. FSU, ranked No. 70 in the latest ITA-Fila National Rankings, faces the Cavs on Saturday, April 8, at 11:00 a.m. and less than 24 hours it battles the Hokies at 10 a.m.
The Seminoles enter the week with an 8-10 overall record and a 1-7 conference mark. Four of Florida State’s last five matches have been against top-25 opponents. FSU, under the direction of head coach Jennifer Hyde, is led by junior Nicola Slater with a team-best 11-6 dual singles record and freshman Suzanna Mansour follows with a 10-7 singles mark.
Sophomore Tapiwa Marobela and senior Alina Mihailescu recorded ranked wins first the first time in their respective careers last week against No. 14 Georgia Tech. Marobela overpowered then-No. 76 Kelly Anderson (6-3, 6-3) and Mihailescu defeated then-No. 105 Tarryn Rudman (6-3, 4-6, 1-0).
The pair of Mansour and freshman Ania Rynarzewska leads the Seminoles in doubles with an 8-6 record that includes three straight wins. The duo is 4-0 at the second spot and 4-1 in the third position.
Four of Florida State’s last five matches have been against top-25 opponents
The Cavs are paced by No. 105 Kristen James who sports an 18-14 singles record. She and partner Lori Stern make up the 11th-ranked duo in the nation with a respectable 25-9 doubles mark. Virginia has lost two of its last three matches.
The Hokies’ Inga Beerman is the lone Virginia Tech player ranked in singles; she is No. 58 nationally with a 26-7 singles mark on the year. The Jennifer Larson and Anat Elazari pair is ranked No. 47 in doubles action. The Hokies have yet to log a league win and have dropped six of its last seven matches. VT’s only victory during that period was on March 29 against unranked Old-Dominion in an out-of-conference match.
Live stats will be available for both road matches this weekend.
Florida State returns home for its ACC regular season finale on April 14 against Duke at 2pm. Mihailescu, the only senior on the team, will be recognized for her commitment and dedication over the last four years.
(Through 4/3/06 Matches)