TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – This weekend the Scott Speicher Tennis Center
will host the 1999 Lady Seminole Classic which promises to showcase some of
the top talent in the
country. The field will consist of twelve teams including host Florida
State. The Lady Seminoles are coming of a 21-7 season where they finished
the year ranked 23rd in the country. This year’s veteran squad is looking
to pick up where they left off last season.
Eight of the twelve teams in the field will be making repeat
appearances at the tournament. The new additions will bolster the
competition with Alabama, Houston (#60), Kansas (#32),and Northwestern
(#24) entering the picture. The matches will undoubtedly be fierce with
four of the teams finishing last year’s dual match season in the top 25 –
Vanderbilt (#13), Miami (#21), Florida State (#23), and Northwestern (#24).
Florida A&M, Florida International, Georgia Southern, Jacksonville and
South Florida make up the rest of the competition. Overall, this year’s
field consists of seven ranked teams from
the last ITA rankings.
The top headliners of the Classic will be sure to provide some
memorable moments. 1998 individual winners from this year’s participating
schools include Miami’s Lioudmila Skavronskaia (Singles A), Vanderbilt’s
Ann Plessinger and Staci Ryan (Co-Singles A Consolation), FSU’s Marina Raic
(Singles B), Miami’s Meredith Laughlin (Singles B Consolation),
Vanderbilt’s Kristy Blumberg and Kate Burson (Doubles A), FIU’s Alexandra
Guzman and Maria Montoya (Doubles A Consolation), Vanderbilt’s Jenny Miller
and Staci Ryan (Doubles B Consolation), and FAMU’s Jamie Barnes and Amber
Pipkins (Doubles B Consolation).
In addition to displaying some great tennis, the tournament will
serve as a measuring stick for the Lady Seminoles as they face some of the
country’s elite programs and players. The match-ups will take on added
importance as the team will face six of this weekend’s competitors later in
The Lady Seminole Classic will run from Friday, October 15th
through Sunday, October 17th. Play will begin each morning at 8:00 a.m.