Tallahassee, FL – Florida State has announced the addition of transfer Lesedi Jacobs who spent the previous four seasons at the University of Kentucky. As a sophomore and junior, Gibbons combine to post a 20-12 record in dual meets in singles and an 8-6 record in SEC play.
“We are so excited to add a player like Sedi to Noles women’s tennis family,” said FSU Head Coach Jen Hyde. “She has such great experience competing at the highest levels, and she will have an immediate impact in all facets of our program. Sedi is a great fit for what we want to accomplish in the upcoming 2021 season, as we continue to compete in the nation’s deepest and best conference.
“Not only is she a seasoned competitor, but she is also a stellar student, which exactly aligns with the culture of our women’s tennis program. We can’t wait to get Lesedi to campus and get to work.”
The native of Windhoek, Namibia spent her junior season playing on line two in singles before moving up to the No. 1 line when the Wildcats moved into SEC play. Jacobs posted a 3-0 record on court one in conference play and an 8-3 record in dual matches during singles play on the top two lines. In doubles, Jacobs posted an 11-1 record in dual matches and a perfect 4-0 mark in SEC play. Overall, she was 14-7 in singles action and 21-2 in doubles.
As a sophomore, Jacobs played in the No. 2 and No. 3 singles spots during the dual season, racking up a 5-7 mark on court No. 2 and a 7-2 mark on court No. 3, recording a 12-9 overall record and a 5-6 record in the league. In the midst of the season, Jacobs held an eight-match win streak between courts Nos. 2 and 3, from January to March. In doubles, Jacobs notched an 18-6 mark including winning 11 straight matches to start the season for the best win streak on the team this season in doubles and tying the best in singles. Reached No. 76 in the ITA/Oracle National Doubles Rankings.
As a redshirt freshman, Jacobs played primarily at the No. 5 singles spot throughout the dual season. She compiled an overall singles record of 16-10, including a 7-3 record in the fall season including a ranked singles win over NC State’s No. 61 Claudia Wiktorian, 6-3, 7-5. Towards the end of the dual season, Jacobs started teaming up with Emily Fanning, compiling a 4-1 record on the No. 1 doubles court including a 3-1 record vs. ranked foes. Her highest ranked doubles win came against LSU’s No. 36 Eden Richardson and Jessica Golovin.
Off the court, Jacobs has made an impact in the classroom and in the community. She is a three-time member of the SEC Spring Academic Honor Roll and was named to the SEC First-Year Academic Honor Roll in 2017. She was also named a 2018-19 ITA Scholar-Athlete. In 2020, Jacobs was named to the SEC Community Service Team and a Frank G. Ham Society of Character selection.
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