March 11, 2008
Las Vegas – It’s going to be a dicey spring break for the No. 16 ranked Florida State women’s tennis squad as the team heads west to face No. 42 UNLV (8-3, 0-0) for the first time in program history on Wednesday at 5:00 p.m. EST (2:00 p.m. PDT).
The Seminoles (10-2, 1-1) are hoping the trip west will be a successful one, especially after a tough 5-2 home loss to No. 42 Clemson on Sunday, March 9. Still, FSU holds a winning 4-2 record over ranked opponents this season including a 6-0 win over FIU, who also fell 6-1 to UNLV on Feb. 24.
UNLV and FSU each have two losses for the season, all of which have come against ranked teams. Despite their losses at No. 5 Florida and at home against Clemson, the Seminoles are still off to one of the best starts in program history. Through twelve matches, Florida State has only given up 16 points to its opponents.
Florida State’s four ranked singles players–No. 31 Katie Rybakova, No. 74 Lauren Macfarlane, No. 104 Carolin Walter and No. 118 Tapiwa Marobela–will match up with UNLV’s lone ranked competitor, No. 28 Elena Gantcheva.
Walter, one of two Seminole seniors, leads the team in singles victories with an 11-1 record while Macfarlane follows close behind at 10-1. Along with partner and fellow sophomore Jessica Wente, Macfarlane is also 10-1 in doubles.
Following Wednesday’s match against the Rebels, the Seminoles will take a week off before embarking on another road trip to face conference rivals Virginia Tech and Virginia on March 22-23.