February 25, 2011 - by
`Noles Ready To Face Jackets

Feb. 25, 2011

Zach Mendelson, Seminoles.com

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The No. 20 Florida State women’s tennis team (3-2, 0-1) are on the road again to play its second Atlantic Coast Conference match on Saturday, February 26th, as they face the No. 15 Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (5-3, 0-0) at 12 p.m. in a “Gold Out” at the Bill Moore Tennis Center on the Georgia Tech campus.

“We are fired up to get on the road and head up to Atlanta to play Georgia Tech,” said head coach Jennifer Hyde. “Every year we have tight matches with them, and I don’t expect this match to be any different. I feel like right now the girls have a lot to prove to themselves, and having an opportunity to play a team like Georgia Tech is perfect timing for us. We need to get over a hump, overcome some hurdles that we have come just short with so far this year, and I just think this is another opportunity for us to go out and prove something’s to ourselves.”

The Seminoles have had some extra time off to improve themselves since dropping a 6-1 decision to No. 10 Miami during a Feb. 13 match in Coral Gables for the Seminoles ACC opener.

“Our plan wasn’t to have a week off; we were hoping to be at the Team Indoors last weekend, so that was a little bit of a disappointment for all of the girls,” added Hyde. “However, it did allow us a little bit of time to catch our breaths and get back on the court and get in some good work. There is no replacement for that hard work in these last two weeks and that has only helped prepare us for Saturday.”

While the Seminoles are faced with playing another highly ranked ACC foe on the road for the second straight match, the coaching staff is much more focused on the development of the team than what the outcome may or may not be.

“I am not too concerned with our conference record right now,” Hyde said. “I am not thinking of anything other than us getting better as the season progresses. That is the number one focus and the number one goal right now. We just need to keep getting better and coming together as a team. That is the goal, that is the focus, and competing against Georgia Tech is just another opportunity for us to keep working on things.”

Florida State and Georgia Tech have faced two of the same opponents having played both Washington and Auburn in dual match play this season. Georgia Tech claimed a 4-2 victory over Washington which defeated FSU in a heartbreaking 4-3 match to advance to the ITA Indoors in Charlottesville, VA. Georgia Tech also beat Auburn 7-0 during a Feb. 13th match in Atlanta, a team the Seminoles had previously when they defeated the Tigers 6-1 two days earlier during a Feb. 11th home match.

Overall Florida State holds a 17-9 edge in the all-time series against Georgia Tech. The two teams last faced each in 2009 when the No. 17 Seminoles defeated the No. 7 Yellow Jackets 4-3 in the quarterfinals of the 2009 ACC Tournament. Last year’s match with Georgia Tech at home was postponed due to rain and the match was never made up.

Following the match against Georgia Tech the team will return home to the Scott Speicher Tennis Center to face the No. 2 Florida Gators (10-1) on Tuesday, March 1st at 4pm in what will be certainly one of the most spirited matches of the season. Admission to all matches is free.

The first fans will receive a FSU tennis car magnet. Fans can follow the match against Georgia Tech with live stats on http://ramblinwreck.cstv.com/.

Follow the women’s tennis team all year on Twitter @FSU_WTENNIS and Facebook on the Florida State Women’s Tennis fan page.

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