Sept. 14, 2007
Tallahassee, Fla. – The Intercollegiate Tennis Association released the women’s preseason singles and doubles rankings Friday, featuring three members of the Florida State women’s tennis squad. In the singles rankings, freshman Lauren Macfarlane is spotlighted at No. 41, followed by junior Ania Rynarzewska at No. 94. On the doubles side, Macfarlane and senior Carolin Walter make the list at No. 27.
Macfarlane (Ogden, Utah), a participant in the NCAA Individual Tournament earlier this year, will start 2007-08 for the Seminoles at her highest ranking to date having climbed as high as No. 58 last season. In just her first year at FSU, Macfarlane made a place for herself in the Seminole history books, notching a 28-8 record for an .807 win percentage, which ranks No. 3 in FSU lore. She also tied for fourth place in program history for single-season dual match wins with 21.
“Lauren did a great job this year,” said teammate Rynarzewska (Inowroclaw, Poland). “She definitely deserves to be ranked. I know she will continue to work hard to get a better ranking.”
Opposite Macfarlane, Rynarzewska had a slow season in 2006-07 while recovering from elbow surgery. Still, she managed a 15-11 singles season including an 8-1 record at home.
“I am happy to be ranked because I was injured last year and it was very hard to come back,” said Rynarzewska. “I struggled, but I’m ready for the season.”
Senior Carolin Walter also made the list with doubles partner Macfarlane. Though the two have never played together, both experienced separate success in doubles play last season. Walter finished the season 26-9, playing mostly with former Seminole Nicola Slater. The pair climbed to the No. 14 ranking during the season before closing it out at No. 16. Macfarlane posted a 26-14 record and was invited to the 2006 Indoor National Championships for doubles with Slater.
“Carolin did an excellent job with doubles last year,” said Rynarzewska. “It’s not a surprise that she’s ranked and I’m sure than she can improve her rankings this year playing with Lauren, she’s very experienced.”
The Seminoles will kick off the season next week on Sept.21 in Atlanta for the Georgia Tech Invite.