March 18, 2008 - by
Macfarlane Breaks Three-Year Drought, Wins ACC Performer of the Week

March 18, 2008

Greensboro, N.C.- For the first time since February 2005, a member of the No. 15-ranked Florida State women’s tennis squad picked up the conference’s top weekly honor as sophomore Lauren Macfarlane earned the ACC Performer of the Week award today, March 18.

The Utah native was ranked at No. 74 last week when she squashed the No. 28 player in the country at UNLV, securing her 11th win of the season and finally breaking the Seminoles’ three-year conference honor drought.

“I am ecstatic that Lauren finally received some recognition within our conference,” said head coach Jennifer Hyde. “With the incredibly high level of play in the ACC, it’s not easy to earn performer of the week. There’s always a team or an individual who’s stepping up and having a great week, and this week just happens to be Lauren’s.”

Macfarlane is 11-1 for the year in both singles and doubles where she has spent the majority of the season bouncing between the No. 1 and No. 2 spots in the Seminole rotation. As a freshman last year, Macfarlane was the only FSU team member to post 20 wins for the season, placing her at number two on the Seminoles’ Top 10 All-Time Single Season Win Leaders.

Florida State also received a new batch of team and individual rankings today from the Intercollegiate Tennis Association. The team moved up from No. 16 to No. 15 after defeating UNLV 7-0 to move their record to 11-2 for the year. Freshman Katie Rybakova slipped two spots to No. 33 while Macfarlane moved up six spots to No. 68. Senior Carolin Walter also slid up to No. 100. Rybakova and junior Ania Rynarzewska remain the Seminoles’ only ranked doubles pairing at No. 53.

The Seminoles will head north this weekend to face No. 47 Virginia Tech on Friday, March 22, and No. 50 Virginia on Saturday, March 23.


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