February 14, 2020 - by
No. 4 Women’s Tennis Is Back Home for Military Appreciation Match

Tallahassee, Fla. – The No. 4 Florida State women’s tennis team (7-1) is back home in Tallahassee, Fla. this weekend as they host the Air Force Academy (12 p.m.) and Florida A&M (5 p.m.) on Saturday (Feb. 15).  These matches will be a part of the tennis team’s fifth Scott Speicher military appreciation match.

The Seminoles are a combined 22-0 against Air Force and FAMU, with a 19-0 record against Florida A&M and a 3-0 record against the Air Force Academy. The Garnet and Gold last took on the Rattlers a season ago, recording their 19th consecutive win against FAMU, 4-1 at home.

Florida State took on Air Force in 2018 for the fourth annual military appreciation weekend, resulting in a 7-0 win against the Falcons.

As part of the event, the Seminoles unveiled the new Scott Speicher memorial in front of the tennis center.  Family members of FSU Alumnus and U.S Navy Capt. Scott Speicher were in attendance for the event.  The university’s tennis center is named after Speicher, who earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting and business management from Florida State in 1980.  He became the first American casualty of the Persian Gulf War when his F/A-18 Hornet fighter was shot down Jan. 17, 1991.

As a token of appreciation for their service, commemorative challenge coins will be presented to Air Force players by the women’s tennis team. The awarding of challenge coins is part of a military tradition that dates back to World War I.

Noles in the Polls
In the latest Oracle/ITA poll, Florida State comes in at No. 4, which is the highest ranking in program history. Their highest ranking before this was earlier this year at No. 9 on January 29, 2020.

The Seminoles have one ranked singles player in senior Nandini Das, who was ranked No. 86 in the latest Oracle/ITA poll. Along with two ranked doubles pairs in No. 15 junior Petra Hule and freshman Victoria Allen, and No. 16 ranked junior Emmanuelle Salas and Allen.

Numbers To Note
-Jennifer Hyde is the winningest women’s tennis coach in school history with 299 wins
4– The Seminoles are currently No. 4 in the ITA rankings
2018- The last year Florida State held their military appreciation weekend
4– The Garnet and Gold return four student-athletes from a season ago and welcome four newcomers to the team this season
15– Junior Petra Hule and freshman Victoria Allen are ranked No. 15 in the ITA doubles rankings
1– The Noles have one ranked singles player in senior Nandini Das at No. 86.

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