TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The 15th ranked Florida State women’s tennis team (3-0) is set to host ITA Kick-off weekend at their Indoor Courts (2566 Pottsdammer St.) as they welcome Tennessee (2-0), LSU (1-0) and Clemson (4-0) into Tallahassee with an opportunity to advance to the National Indoor Championships in Seattle, Wash.
The Seminoles begin the weekend on Friday at 4 pm as they host Tennessee. Their second match will be Saturday at 1 or 4 pm against either LSU or Clemson.
This will be the second time in school history that the Seminoles have hosted Kick-off weekend with the first time coming back in 2011 when the Noles hosted Princeton, Washington and Texas. Florida State has advanced through to National Indoors once back in 2010 when they beat Virginia and Ohio State to advance.
Florida State is 4-4-1 all-time against Tennessee including a 3-1-1 record against the Volunteers at home. Tennessee has two ranked singles players (No. 91 Kaitlin Staines and No. 93 Ariadna Riley) and one ranked doubles pair (No. 33 Kaitlin Staines/Sadie Hammond).
Against LSU, Florida State is 12-8 all-time with a 6-6 record against them in Tallahassee. Florida State is currently on a five-game winning streak against the Tigers and last played LSU in 2014 when FSU won 4-1. LSU has two ranked singles players (No. 13 Eden Richardson, No. 72 Kennan Johnson) and three ranked doubles pairs (No. 9 Jessica Golovin/Eden Richardson, No. 30 Taylor Bridges/Paris Corley, No. 54 Anna Loughlan/Kennan Johnson).
Clemson leads the all-time series against Florida State 31-10-1. When the two teams met a season ago the Seminoles took down the Tigers 6-1. Clemson has no ranked singles players and one ranked doubles pair (No. 3 Fernanda Navarro/Marie Leduc).
Last Time Out
Florida State took down No. 20 UCF 5-2 last Sunday at the FSU Indoor Tennis courts. The Seminoles took the doubles point after wins on courts two and three. Florida State took a 3-0 lead with wins on courts five and three before UCF finally captured a point. The Seminoles went on to clinch the match with a win by Andrea Garcia on court five. Senior Ana Oparenovic took down UCF’s Ksenia Kuznetsova on court two for the Noles final point.
Due to her performance during the first two weeks of the season, Oparenovic earned ACC Co-Player of the Week.
Numbers to Note
2012 – Florida State has not qualified for the National Indoor Championships since 2012
220 – Jennifer Hyde is the winningest Women’s tennis coach in school history with 220 wins
78 – Percent of singles wins from the 2018 season return, led by Junior Andrea Garcia and sophomore Petra Hule, whom both finished 2018 with 28 wins
16 – Florida State is 16-2 in singles through three matches, winning all six courts against FAU and Mercer
15 – The Seminoles have been ranked in the ITA rankings for 15 straight weeks dating back to February 10, 2018
8 – The Garnet and Gold are 8-1 one in singles at the top three courts.
7 – Florida State is 7-1 in doubles through three matches
Noles in the Polls
In the latest Oracle/ITA poll, Florida State comes in at No. 15. This marks the 15th straight week that the Noles have been ranked in the ITA Poll dating back to February 10, 2018.
The Seminoles have two ranked singles players (Carla Touly – 39 and Ana Oparenovic – 125) and one ranked singles pair (Salas/Touly – 40).