The eighth-ranked Florida State women’s tennis team is going head-to-head with No. 21 Florida this afternoon, and we met with FSU Head Coach Jennifer Hyde to discuss this classic rivalry matchup.
“These players have a tremendous amount of excitement going into the game. It’s everything you want- a big rivalry, at home, displayed on the ACC Network Extra,” coach Hyde said. She mentioned how ready these athletes are to preform after a great deal of practice leading up to this game.
Florida State has won the last three meetings in the series against UF, and coach Hyde said, “I’m sure the Gators are a little irritated with the fact that we have won the past few games, so we are expecting their best efforts.”
But again, she highlighted that her players are just as ready to give it their all this afternoon. This current group of Seminoles is undefeated when it comes to playing the Gators and that was huge for the head coach.
“Of course we want to keep that winning streak, but that means we have to go out and earn that win, especially for these seniors.” Hyde also stated that winning this game is a challenge that comes with a lot of responsibility for the athletes.
With this being an out-of-conference game for Florida State, Hyde says this will “help prep the players for ACC matchups later on in the season.” She noted how they have quite a tough schedule and they are prepping for each game one day at a time.
The game will be at FSU’s home courts and with this being the first time the ‘Noles are hosting Florida since 2015, Coach Hyde reiterated that excitement her and the team have for this matchup.
“While we are at home, the pressure is still on. We’re just excited to host UF this season, and even with the capacity limitations, we are expecting a great turnout”, said Hyde.
And along with this matchup being at home, it will also be broadcasted on the ACC Network Extra.
“We wanted to put this game on the network because everyone loves a rivalry game and college tennis is extremely entertaining to watch”, said Hyde.
Be sure to catch the ‘Noles at the Scott Speicher Memorial Tennis Center today. If you can’t be there in person, the ACC Network Extra broadcast will begin at 5:30 p.m. following doubles which are slated for a 4:45 start.