Back in the Dance: Women's Tennis Heads to NCAA Championship!
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Following a late-season surge that saw the Seminoles win six consecutive matches and five straight in the ACC, the Florida State women's tennis team (16-11, 8-7 ACC) was selected as a three seed in the NCAA Team Tennis Championship on Tuesday afternoon. Florida State will travel to the Auburn, Ala. Regional to face the Arizona State Sun Devils in the first round of the NCAA Championship on May 12 at 10:00 a.m.
Florida State will return to the NCAA Team Championship after missing out on the draw each of the last two seasons. Previously, the Seminoles had made the tournament eight seasons in a row and nine times overall under head coach Jennifer Hyde, Florida State's all-time winningest coach.
“We could not be more excited to be playing in the NCAA Championship next week at Auburn against Arizona State,” Hyde said. “This team fought their tails off all year to put themselves back in this position, and they deserve everything that comes with being recognized among the nation's elite teams. When things got tough this season, this team just kept getting tougher. They are peaking at the right time.”
After suffering a few losses mid-season, the Seminoles reeled off six straight against Louisville, Pittsburgh, Boston College, Syracuse, No. 28 Notre Dame, and Florida A&M to catapult themselves into the postseason conversation and ultimately into the NCAA draw.
“I'm so happy for our lone senior, Daniela Schippers, and that she will finish her career at Florida State competing for a national championship,” Hyde said. “She was instrumental in our success this season, and her efforts, along with the efforts of all of her teammates, have put us in the best position moving forward.”
When the Seminoles last made the NCAA draw, Schippers played a pivotal role in FSU's 4-3 upset victory over Arizona in the 2014 NCAA Regionals. She has been a key cog in the lineup, holding down court four all season in singles and earning 13 consecutive doubles wins during the year.
Check Florida State women's tennis on social media for match times for the NCAA tournament as they become available.
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