May 14, 2007 - by
Women’s Tennis Coach Jennifer Hyde Wins ITA South Region Coach Of The Year

May 14, 2007

Tallahassee, FL – At the conclusion of the 2006-2007 regular season, the Wilson/ITA named Jennifer Hyde the South Region Coach of the Year. Coach Hyde produced the single best turn around in program history. After beginning the season ranked No. 72, the team is currently ranked No. 17 and has been as high as No. 13.

“I am very excited about being recognized with this award,” stated Jennifer Hyde. “There are so many unbelievably successful and talented coaches in this region and to be recognized amongst that stellar group is a great compliment. I’m also very pleased that the team gets the recognition that they have well earned this year in turning this program around. This is an award not just for me, this is an award for the whole program and everyone who has invested in it. I think it is a great way to cap off the season this team has had.”

This was a season of firsts under the leadership of Hyde. Included is a list of achievements from this season.

– The Seminoles achieved the highest ranking ever in the history of FSU women’s tennis program at no. 13.

– After finishing the 2006 season ranked No. 72 in the nation, FSU has been ranked in the top 19 for the last 9 weeks.

– The season concluded with a record of 16-8, 8-5 in the ACC compared to last season where the Seminoles went 9-13 and 2-10.

-Last season, FSU lost to Duke, Wake Forest, NC State, UVA and Maryland. This year FSU defeated all six teams and had two 4-3 losses to No. 9 Miami, as well as a 4-3 loss to No. 4 Florida.

– In 2006, FSU finished tenth in the ACC. This season, FSU finished No. 5 in the strongest conference in the nation.

– In 2006 the Seminoles did not make the NCAA Tournament. This season, FSU was one spot shy of hosting the NCAA Regionals and advanced to the second round.

– In 2006, FSU’s biggest wins came against No. 67 and No. 68 in the nation. This year, FSU has wins over No 19, No. 22, No. 27, No. 32, No. 36, No. 39, No. 45, and No. 60, with NO losses outside of the top 12 in the nation.

– In 2006, FSU was shut out three times and only shut out one team. In 2007, FSU was shut out only once. The biggest change came when they shut out five teams, including Boston College twice for a total of six matches.

– FSU defeated Duke for the first time since 1983 and the first time since FSU joined the ACC in 1992.

– Doubles team Lauren Macfarlane and Nicola Slater played in the South Region final and was invited to the 2006 Indoor National Championships, the first doubles team or singles player in program history to be invited.

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