January 15, 2010 - by
FSU Kicks Off Season At UCF Quad Tournament

Jan. 15, 2010

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The No. 15 Florida State women’s tennis team will open the 2010 season Saturday, January 16, in Orlando, Fla., at the UCF Quad Tournament for the second-straight season. The UCF Tennis Complex will welcome No. 25 Alabama and No. 33 Illinois in addition to the Seminoles and Knights. This is the last tournament for FSU before opening their dual-match season next Saturday, January 23, in Tallahassee against South Florida.

“The team is fired up to get a jump on our spring season,” FSU Head Coach Jennifer Hyde said. “This weekend will give us an opportunity to get quite a few matches under our belts before we begin our dual-match season next weekend at home. Practices have been going very well these last few weeks, regardless of the colder weather we’ve been having. All four teams who will be competing in Orlando are very good and talented, and it will be great to get out on the courts and compete against them. I’m excited to see how we respond and very excited to use this weekend as good preparation for the dual matches ahead of us.”

Florida State will lead the weekend with the most number of athletes nationally-ranked on the singles poll in No. 23 Lauren McCreless (Ogden, Utah), No. 34 Noemie Scharle (Colmar-Berg, Luxembourg), No. 62 Francesca Segarelli (Rome, Italy) and No. 115 Amy Sargeant (Walsall, England). Illinois and Alabama both have one player ranked in No. 33 Rachael White and No. 82 Alexa Guatachi, respectively.

The ‘Noles are slated to play one singles match and one doubles match per day with the first doubles match set for 10 a.m. on Saturday against Alabama and singles to follow against Illinois at 11:30 a.m. Sunday will feature the Seminoles facing host UCF at 10 a.m. in doubles and turning around to play Alabama in singles at 2 p.m. The Garnet and Gold will close out the tournament on Monday with doubles play against Illinois at 10 a.m. and singles play against UCF at 2 p.m.

Fans can keep up with Sunday and Mondays matches on RadioTennis.com as they will be broadcasting a global web cast of the matches.

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