January 7, 2010 - by
`Noles Open Up Season At No. 15 in ITA Preseason Polls

Jan. 7, 2010

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – With the 2010 season just a week away, the Florida State women’s tennis team will kick-off the first match as FSU’s highest preseason ranked team at No. 15 on the ITA DI Rankings. Leading the way for the Seminoles is senior Lauren McCreless (Macfarlane) at No. 23, with No. 34 Noemie Scharle, No. 62 Francesca Segarelli and No. 115 Amy Sargeant earning spots on the singles list.

“With our benchmark preseason ranking of No. 15, the highest preseason ranking ever for any FSU Women’s tennis team, the spring season outlook is bright,” FSU head coach Jennifer Hyde said. “However, the season is a marathon, not a sprint. This is a great start for us and we have many big battles ahead of us. We all are very much looking forward to this part of the season. For now, we have to keep our heads down, keep working hard, and make sure we take each day as it comes. This season is going to be a process for us so we need to stay focused on that process and keep putting one foot in front of the other. This is a great start.”

The Atlantic Coast Conference will continue to be one the strongest conferences in the nation this season as it holds five of the top 15 nationally-ranked schools on the list. No. 1 Duke leads the way with No. 7 Miami, No. 10 Georgia Tech and No. 14 Clemson taking the other top 15 spots.

With the addition to Segarelli and Sargeant in the 2009 fall season, Coach Hyde looks to lead the ‘Noles, alongside associate head coach Oliver Foreman, to a higher level of excellence.

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