GREENVILLE, S.C. – The Florida State women’s tennis team kicks off its 2017 fall season on Friday as they head to the Debbie Southern Fall Classic hosted by Furman. The field is comprised of 11 teams including Florida State, Furman, Clemson, Mississippi, Mississippi State, North Carolina, Ohio State, Tennessee, Texas, Vanderbilt and Wake Forest that will compete in flighted competition.
“This is a great way to start off the fall season. We are playing an event at Furman that has nine other Top-50 teams,” said head coach Jennifer Hyde. “The competition will be great right from the beginning and that is exactly the way we want to start off the fall.”
Doubles play is set to begin at 9 a.m. on Friday with singles starting at 1 p.m. Play is set to begin on both Saturday and Sunday at 9 a.m. as well.
“We are excited to have our first road trip of the year and some time to spend together,” said Hyde. “We will use this weekend as an opportunity to improve and get better.”
Florida State’s freshman duo of Lucie Prochazkova and Petra Hule look to get their first taste of what it is like to play tennis in a Florida State uniform, while the rest of the team looks to build of what they did a season ago.
“We are very excited to get our freshmen, Petra (Hule) and Lucie (Prochazkova), in their uniforms for the first time and to get their first college matches under their belt this weekend,” said Hyde. “They are excited to get going and start their careers.”
The Seminoles look to reach the NCAA postseason for the second consecutive season. Florida State returns seven of eight players from last season’s team that went 17-12, including all but one from last spring’s regular rotation.
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