May 1, 2008
Tallahassee, Fla.- Freshman Katie Rybakova topped off a phenomenal freshman season with an at-large bid to the NCAA Singles Championships in Tulsa, Ok. May 22-27. The Coral Springs, Fla. native is only the seventh player in Florida State women’s tennis history to earn the honor and the first since 2005.
“We are very proud and happy for Katie,” said head coach Jennifer Hyde. “It’s a huge feat in her first year for her to come out and make that type of statement. We play in one of the best regions in the country and she’s one of the best players in this region.”
Up to this point in the post-season, Rybakova has posted an impressive 17-6 singles record in her first year as a Seminole and an overall mark of 27-10. She’s 2-1 against top 15 opponents with a pair of huge regular season victories over Duke’s #14 Ellah Nze and Georgia Tech’s #4 Amanda McDowell from earlier in the season.
Rybakova was one of only two Seminoles to earn playing time in the number one spot where she earned seven victories in 12 outings. She also dominated play in the fall season as she went 10-2 with four victories over opponents who would go on to earn Top 30 rankings in the spring.
But before Rybakova can start taking down her competition at the NCAA Individual tournament, she’ll have to face the teams headed to Tallahassee next weekend, May 9-11 for the NCAA Tennis Championships. No. 15 Florida State will kick off the tournament Friday May 9, against Ohio Valley Conference champions Samford at 11:00 a.m. No. 19 Texas and No. 43 USF will also compete to make it to the second round finals on Saturday at 4:00 p.m.
All Tallahassee tennis fans are encouraged to attend the Seminoles’ first experience hosting the women’s tennis national championships in program history at the Scott Speicher Tennis Center.
Tickets are on sale now at Seminoles.com.