April 21, 2010
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – After wrapping up regular season play last weekend, the No. 14 Florida State women’s tennis team (12-9, 6-4) will travel back to North Carolina to kick off the post season beginning Thursday, April 22 at the 2010 Atlantic Coast Conference Championship in Cary. The Seminoles are slated to face Maryland in the first round at 9 a.m. and if successful would battle No. 10 Duke in the quarterfinals on Friday at 9 a.m.
“We are ready to get going,” FSU head coach Jennifer Hyde said. “We are ready for postseason play. It’s that time of year. It’ll be a good match tomorrow and the weather looks good for it. It’s going to be tough competition as it is in any match in the ACC.”
Since her arrival at Florida State, Coach Hyde, alongside Associate Head Coach Oliver Foreman, has set the bar high at the conference championship. Coach Hyde has led the Seminoles to not only two consecutive semifinal appearances, but has also boasted a total of six `Noles on the All-ACC list eight times.
Florida State enters the championship with a 19-18 tournament record and has only fallen twice in the first round of the 18 years in competition.
In FSU’s first match of the tournament, the Garnet and Gold will revisit the Terrapins. In the squads first battle this season, the `Noles dominated Maryland in Tallahassee by shutting out the conference foe 7-0.
“It gives us a little bit of confidence to play Maryland after already beating them,” Coach Hyde said. “However, there is not a team in our league we can take lightly and we are certainly not going to approach the day any differently than we would if we were facing a top seed.”
The fifth seeded Seminoles lead the all-time series record over 12th seeded Maryland 15-2 since their first meeting in 1993. FSU has only faced Maryland once at the ACC Tournament which was in 2002 when the Garnet and Gold surpassed the ACC opponent 4-3 in the first round.
The Terrapins will enter the match having no athletes ranked in the ITA Singles Polls as opposed to FSU’s three athletes in No. 25 Lauren McCreless, No. 71 Noemie Scharle and No. 101 Francesca Segarelli.
At the 2009 championship, FSU opened the first round facing NC State for the second time that season. Already having a win under their belt from the first match the `Noles dominated the Wolfpack, 4-0, to face No. 7 Georgia Tech. In spite of having lost in regular season to the Yellow Jackets, 5-2, Florida State came out strong in the quarterfinals and shocked the ACC rival by overpowering them 4-3 to move on to the semifinals for just the third time in school history. Coach Hyde went on to take her team into battle against the No. 6 Miami Hurricanes, but unfortunately fell to the opponent 4-0.
“We are going to eat some good food tonight and get some rest this evening to get ready to go in the morning,” Coach Hyde added.
All of FSU’s matches throughout the week can be followed with live stats, daily photo galleries and video highlights and match recaps on www.seminoles.com. Keep up with the latest Seminole news on the Florida State Women’s Tennis fan page on Facebook and Twitter @FSU_WTENNIS.