Sept. 20, 2007
Tallahassee, Fla. – Florida State’s women’s tennis team heads to Atlanta this weekend to kick off the 2007-08 season at the Georgia Tech Invitational. In addition to the ACC-rival and 2007 NCAA Champion Yellow Jackets, FSU will also take on Georgia and Harvard.
“It’s always exciting to start the fall season out against such terrific competition as [Georgia] Tech, Georgia and Harvard,” said head coach Jennifer Hyde. “This weekend will be a good gauge for us to see where we are so far.”
Ready and Ranked
Florida State enters the tournament with two players ranked in the preseason singles polls and one team ranked in the preseason doubles polls. Sophomore standout Lauren Macfarlane (Ogden, Utah) starts the season at No. 41, 18 places higher than she finished in the spring. Junior Ania Rynarzewska (Inowroclaw, Poland) has fully recovered from elbow surgery
last year and enters her third collegiate season ranked at No. 94, 20 spots up from her spring finish. Macfarlane and senior Carolin Walter (Bingen, Germany) will pair up in Atlanta for the first time, backed by a No. 27 spot in the preseason doubles rankings.
Seminoles Hold Overall Edge on Yellow Jackets
Tournament play kicks of Friday, with Florida State facing Georgia Tech on the doubles courts. The Seminoles are 16-7 against the Yellow Jackets, including the most recent match-up between the ACC rivals in Atlanta last March. Despite losing the team match, Florida State took a big win as Macfarlane toppled Georgia Tech’s No.116-ranked Alison Silverio.
This year’s Jacket squad features five players in the top 65 singles rankings including No. 5 Kristi Miller. Miller and fellow senior Whitney McCray also make up one of two Georgia Tech teams in the top 60 doubles rankings, starting off this season at No. 3 in the nation.
Dogs Difficult for Seminoles to Keep on a Leash
Following Friday morning’s doubles matches, Florida State will face Georgia on the singles courts for the second time this year. In 11 pairings, the Seminoles have defeated the Bulldogs five times since the teams started playing in 1982. Earlier this year, Florida State fell to Georgia in Athens, but not before former Seminole Nicola Slater (Ayr, Scotland) took down the Bulldogs’ No. 20-ranked Darya Ivanov.
Georgia brings three players into this season with top 125 rankings, including junior Monika Dancevic ranked No. 22. The Bulldogs also boast three teams in the top 50 doubles rankings, highlighted by the No. 19 team, sisters Kelley and Yvette Hyndman.
Garnet and Gold Undefeated By Crimson
Saturday afternoon will mark the Seminoles’ first match-up against the Harvard Crimson since March of 2002. In a tight duel in Tallahassee between No. 41 Florida State and No. 42 Harvard, the Seminoles railed against the Crimson to take away a victory.
Harvard finished last season with a 4-16 overall record (2-5 in the Ivy League). This year’s Crimson squad returns seven players, with just two new additions to the roster since the spring.
A Familiar Foe
This will mark the Seminoles’ first visit to Atlanta since the Yellow Jackets named former Florida State standout Anca Dumitrescu as Georgia Tech’s assistant coach. As one of FSU’s top singles players, Dumitrescu earned top-60 national rankings in each of her four years of play, while also snagging spots on the All-ACC team her last two seasons. In 2002 and 2004, she was also invited to compete in the singles competition at the NCAA Tournament.
Next Up for the Florida State
While the Seminole football team battles Alabama in the River City Showdown next weekend, the Seminole women’s tennis team will head to Tuscaloosa, Ala. to take on the Crimson Tide on their home turf at the Roberta Alison Invitational.
GEORGIA TECH INVITATIONAL
10:00 am Doubles vs. Georgia Tech
11:30 am Singles vs. Georgia
10:00 am Doubles vs. Harvard
2:00 pm Singles vs. Georgia Tech
10:00 am Doubles vs Georgia
11:30 am Singles vs. Harvard