October 24, 2006 - by
Slater/Macfarlane Receive At Large Bid To National Indoor Championship

Oct. 24, 2006

Tallahassee, Fla. – The Florida State women’s tennis duo of senior Nicola Slater (Ayr, Scotland) and freshman Lauren Macfarlane (Ogden, Utah) received an at-large entry to the 2006 ITA National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships hosted by the Ohio State University. The tournament is hosted at the Racquet Club of Columbus in Columbus, Ohio. The tournament will take place from November 2-5. Macfarlane/Slater are the first doubles pair in the history of Florida State athletics to play in the National Indoor Championship.

The tournament consists of 32 doubles teams, three of which are from the south region and three teams from the ACC. Florida State, Florida (who received an automatic bid) and Georgia Tech are from the south region while FSU, Georgia Tech and North Carolina are representing the ACC.

“I am so happy for Lauren and Nicola because they are getting an opportunity to participate in this prestigious national event,” stated head coach Jennifer Hyde. “Knowing that they were so close at regionals, and to get a second chance to play in this event is an accomplishment. They are not content just getting the bid however. They want to go and make a statement and prove things to themselves because they know and believe they have no limits. Now we just need to focus on the next week of practice and get physically and mentally prepared.”

The doubles pair has gone 8-1 this season with victories over 43rd ranked Krausova/Nielsen of San Diego State 8-4 at the SDSU Fall Classic and Florida’s fifth seeded duo of Alexander/Srebrovic 8-4 at the ITA South Regional. The one loss of 7-9 came from the 33rd ranked team of Benik/Suvak of Florida in the finals of the ITA South Regional Tournament. The pair went undefeated at the San Diego State Fall Classic.

Florida State hosts the Seminole Invitational this weekend, October 27-29, at the Scott Speicher Tennis Center.

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