February 21, 2006 - by
Seminoles Continue Home Swing Against LSU, UAB And FIU This Week

Feb. 21, 2006

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Entering this week’s three-match home swing, the Seminoles are 6-1 thanks to two victories against No. 72 Troy and Georgia Southern last weekend at the Scott Speicher Tennis CenterFlorida State also has wins over Auburn, Bethune-Cookman, Florida A&M and Stetson. The Seminoles’ lone loss came at the helm of second-ranked Florida on Feb. 15.   Florida State, looking for its first upset of the season against higher-ranked LSU, will enter this week with a solid lineup from top to bottom.  After the loss of No. 1 singles player Carolin Walter two matches into the season, sophomore Tapiwa Marobela has played primarily at No. 1 and has put together a 3-1 record at the top slot and a 4-3 overall dual record.  Freshman Suzanna Mansour, who primarily competes at No. 5, owns a team-best 6-1 dual mark.  In doubles action, the No. 3 pair of Mansour and freshman Ania Rynarzewska sport a respectable 4-1 doubles record.   

As of press time, Florida State enters the week ranked No. 56 in the nation and junior Carolin Walter is the lone player ranked in singles (No. 18).  The new team rankings should be released on Wednesday.  

Florida State (6-1) head coach Jennifer Hyde announced Tuesday morning that junior Carolin Walter, the Seminoles’ No. 1 singles player and the 18th-ranked player in the nation, and will miss the remainder of the season with a torn tendon in her foot. Walter competed in the first two matches of the dual season and went 2-0 in singles and doubles before the tear. She will have surgery on the injury next week and afterwards Hyde will seek a medical redshirt season for Walter.

 “Obviously it’s very frustrating, but this is unfortunately a part of college athletics that all teams go through.” Hyde said. “Carolin is a very strong player and you hate to lose someone of her caliber. Nonetheless, I think our team proved after this weekend that we can compete at a very high level without her. Our young team members are really starting to do a lot of the right things and they can see their improvements come along each day. We will definitely miss Carolin and we wish her a speedy recovery.”

If the Seminoles defeat LSU and improve to 7-1, it will be the best start for the program since the 1999 season.  During the 1999 season and under the direction of former head coach Lise Gregory, Florida State began the spring season with an outstanding 8-1 record.  Not to jump ahead, but assuming the Seminoles win all three matches this week and improve to 9-1, it will be the best start ever for the program. 

Wednesday will be the 11th all-time meeting between the Seminoles and Tigers and the series is split right down the middle at 5-5.  The last time Florida State faced LSU was in the 2004 season; the Tigers edged the Seminoles, 4-3.  Senior Alina Mihailescu is the only current Seminole who was on the team that year.

The LSU women’s tennis team, ranked No. 43 as of press time, received its first loss of the season against No. 32 Texas A&M on Sunday, 7-0.  The Tigers have victories over La. Tech,  UL-Lafayette, Southern and No. 55 Rice.  Lauren Seaman, who plays at No. 2, has a 4-1 record along with Marina Chiarelli (No. 3) and Camila Caliari (No. 6). 

Friday marks the third all-time series between Florida State and Alabama-Birmingham.  FSU is 2-0 in the series.

Florida State and FIU will meet on Sunday for the 17th time in school history.  The Seminoles are 12-4 against the Golden Panthers.  Last season, the Tribe lost two matches to FIU.  The first was a 5-2 decision during the regular season and then the Golden Panthers eliminated Florida State from the NCAA Tournament with a 4-2 victory.   

he Tribe has relied on the solid play of doubles early in the dual season.  Overall, the team has a dual doubles record of 12-6 and if it wasn’t for the three losses at No. 2 Florida, the Seminoles would have a remarkable 12-3 doubles mark.  Because of the loss of Carolin Walter, the pairs have shifted with junior Nicola Slater and Tapiwa Marobela competing at No. 1 and freshman Whitney Eber and senior Alina Mihailescu playing at No. 2.  Marobela and Slater have a 2-2 record while Eber and Mihailescu own a 2-2 mark.  The third team of freshman Suzanna Mansour and Ania Rynarzewska has a team-best 4-1 record. 

Seminoles.com, the official website of Florida State tennis, will provide live results during home matches this season.  To access the live stats, go the women’s tennis schedule page and click on the match.  Please note that the results are updated about every 10-20 minutes or so. 





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