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No. 21 FSU Women’s Tennis Kicks Off Weekend Tripleheader Friday vs. Rice

Jan. 31, 2008

Tallahassee, Fla. – After having to postpone last weekend’s season-opener because of bad weather, Florida State’s No. 21-ranked women’s tennis team is anxious to take to the courts Friday afternoon, Feb. 1 against Rice at 4:00 p.m. The match will kick start a tennis-filled weekend for the Seminoles as the women will return to the courts at Scott Speicher Tennis Center on Sunday for a doubleheader against Illinois at 11:00 a.m. and Stetson at 2:00 p.m.

Versus Rice, Friday, Feb. 1, 4:00 p.m.

In the 25 year history between Florida State and Rice, FSU holds the upper hand with an 8-4 overall record, including six straight wins since 1994.

Last time the Seminoles and the Owls met in 2007, they were ranked No. 60 and No. 62 in the country, respectively. After a tough battle, it was Florida State that came away with the victory 6-1.

In their first appearance against Rice as freshman last year, Lauren Macfarlane and Jessica Wente both secured big wins last year as Macfarlane defeated Julie Chao 7-6(1), 6-3 and Wente defeated Tiffany Lee 6-4, 3-6, 10-4. Senior Tapiwa Marobela also notched a victory against Emily Braid 6-3, 6-1.

Rice is coming off a three-game winning streak to start the spring season, looking to upset a Florida State squad that has yet to start dual-match play. But the Seminoles will fight back with a vengeance, hoping to post their seventh consecutive win over the Owls.

Versus Illinois, Sunday, Feb. 3, 11:00 a.m.

Florida State takes to the courts Sunday morning for its first match against Illinois since the NCAA Tournament in 2000. The Fighting Illini are seeking revenge on the Seminoles after they ended the team’s tournament hopes in Gainesville, Fla.

In the teams’ last face-off, Florida State, ranked No. 22 at the time, pulled out a tough, 5-3 victory over No. 34 Illinois in the first round of the 2000 NCAA Tournament, notching their fourth win in as many years over the Fighting Illini.

Versus Stetson, Sunday, Feb. 3, 3:00 p.m.

In-state rivals Stetson will arrive in Tallahassee Sunday for the eighth showdown in program history between the Hatters and the Seminoles. Thus far in the series Florida State has managed to go undefeated against its neighbors to the south, posting a 7-0 record since the teams’ first meeting in 1983.

Last time the Hatters came to town in 2007, Florida State dominated the court, posting a sound 7-0 victory, FSU’s fourth shut-out against Stetson. In fact, Stetson has only managed to score a combined four points on Florida State since the series began.

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