TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The 12th ranked Florida State women’s tennis team (9-1, 1-0) hosts No. 3 Duke (7-1) on Friday, February 22 at the Scott Speicher Memorial Tennis Center. The match will be played at the same time as the men’s match against Clemson. Both teams will play doubles on the same side before they split up for singles action.
The Seminoles are hosting Duke after coming off an impressive 4-1 win over No. 24 Florida in Gainesville. FSU is currently 3-0 against ranked opponents, with wins over No. 20 UCF, No. 15 Miami and No. 24 Florida.
Duke comes into Tallahassee after making a run at ITA National Indoors. The Blue Devils defeated No. 16 Ohio State and No. 7 Pepperdine before falling to No. 3 North Carolina in the semifinals.
Duke is led by five ranked players in singles. No. 18 Meible Chi is 4-1 on court two and 2-1 vs. nationally ranked opponents. No. 26 Kelly Chen is 5-2 this spring on court three; she is 8-3 during the 2018-19 season against ranked opponents. On court one, the Blue Devils are led by No. 22 Maria Mateas who is 3-3 in dual matches and 3-2 this year against ranked opponents.
In doubles, Duke has two ranked pairs. They are led by 18th ranked Kaitlyn McCarthy and Ellyse Hamlin. The duo is 7-1 in dual matches with a 5-0 record on court two and a 2-1 record on court one. They are 2-0 against ranked opponents.
Last Time Out
Florida State brought down No. 24 Florida, for their third straight win against their in-state rivals. The Seminoles took the doubles point and then five of six first sets before cruising to a 4-1 win over the Gators. Junior Carla Touly dominated court two winning 6-1, 6-1 over the No. 39 ranked player in the country. The Seminoles improved to 9-1 on the season and 7-0 against teams from the state of Florida.
Numbers to Note
226 – Jennifer Hyde is the winningest women’s tennis coach in school history with 226 wins
38 – Florida State is 38-9 in singles through nine matches, winning all six courts against FAU and Mercer
21 – Florida State is 21-5 in doubles through nine matches and has only dropped one doubles point
19 – The Garnet and Gold are 19-4 in singles at the top three courts.
18 – The Seminoles have been ranked in the ITA rankings for 18 straight weeks dating back to February 10, 2018
9 – Florida State has won nine of 10 doubles points this season
5 – The Noles have swept their opponent five times this season including a 4-0 shutout win over Clemson during ITA Kick-Off Weekend
3 – Florida State won its third straight match over the Gators on Tuesday and are now 3-0 against ranked teams in 2019
Noles in the Polls
In the latest Oracle/ITA poll, Florida State comes in at No. 12. This marks the 18th straight week that the Noles have been ranked in the ITA Poll dating back to February 10, 2018. The Seminoles come in at No. 11 in this week’s USTA Poll.
The Seminoles have one ranked singles player (Carla Touly – 32).
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