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Seminole Insider: A Strong Center Leads To a Strong Team

May 7, 2008

All week leading up the Seminoles’ first home-hosted NCAA Women’s Tennis Championships, is taking an inside look at the talented parts that make up one of the best Florida State women’s tennis squads in school history.

For part three, it’s time to analyze the Seminoles’ core at the number three and four spots. This pair of phenoms have each overcome injury and gained strength from their experiences at Florida State.

Court Four:
Sophomore Jessica Wente is a slow-starter at the number four spot with a penchant for feisty finishes. After struggling to recover from a fall injury, the Texas-native is proving she’s not one to be messed with on the four court. Wente started the season on an 8-0 run, followed by a huge victory over the No. 62 player in the country, Bianca Eichkorn of Miami. The singles win helped lead the Seminoles to a 5-2 upset of the No. 10 Hurricanes to kick-start the team’s conference play.

Wente also played a key role in leading the Seminoles to their second top-15 upset of the season with a win over Laura Reichert of No. 12 UNC. The sophomore is certainly off to a strong start at Florida State with 35 singles wins in her first two years of play.

Court Three:
When the match is on the line, there is no one Florida State trusts more with the team win than senior Carolin Walter. The German-native, who transferred to FSU from Baylor in 2005, surpassed the 50 wins mark in singles earlier this season. Her incredible 20-4 record for the dual match season puts Walter at third on the Seminoles’ all-time Top 10 Dual Match Single Season Win Percentage list with an .833.

Walter’s biggest win of the season came against UNC’s Austin Smith back in March. Walter won a 6-2, second-set tie-break to give the Seminoles’ their second big upset of the season over the 12th ranked team in the nation. Walter also upset No. 80 Romy Farah of Miami at the ACC Championships and had a shot at taking down No. 21 Reka Zsilinszka of Duke in the semi-finals before the team match was ended on another court.

Florida State will start its campaign for the 2008 NCAA Tennis Championship on Friday against the Samford Bulldogs at 11:00 a.m. Fans are encouraged to come out and cheer on the team in their biggest match of the season.


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