Feb. 23, 2012
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Two more matches remain in this eight -match home stand for the No.22 Florida State women's tennis team as they get ready to host No. 39 USF on Friday, Feb. 24 at 3:30 p.m. and No.14 Miami on Sunday, Feb. 26 at 11 a.m. at the Indoor Tennis Facility.
"This is a big week for us," Head Coach Jennifer Hyde said. "We've got three huge matches in the seven days starting with USF on Friday. They're as good as they've been since I've been coaching here at FSU. They've got a deep team. We always have good matches with them but in years past we've struggled early on against them and we are hoping to turn that around."
The 5-1 Seminoles are coming off a 5-2 win against Auburn on Feb. 12. The team of junior Francesca Segarelli and Ruth Seaborne put up another doubles win, climbing to 6-0 on the season. Junior Carolina De los Santos continued her aggressive play, as she has a 6-0 record in singles.
Set to make her debut for the Seminoles is freshman Mia Vriens. A native of Sydney, Australia, Vriens has been as high as No.42 in the IFF junior rankings. During the fall season, Vriens went 2-2 in singles.
"It's an exciting to get Mia into the lineup," Hyde said. "We're expecting a lot from her and she's going to contribute a lot very quickly. She's a smart player, she's patient and we're really excited to see her in garnet and gold this weekend. It's been a long few months for her waiting to compete, and she is ready to go."
South Florida comes into the match against the Seminoles with the No. 26 singles player in Escaterina Vasenina and a team record of 4-3 with wins over UC Santa Barbara, NC State, Syracuse and Ohio State. The Bulls fell to Florida, Miami and Wake Forest, which are all opponents for the Noles this season, however they will play two of those opponents over the span of four days in No. 14 Miami this Sunday before traveling to play No.2 Florida on Wednesday.
The Seminoles hold the advantage in the all-time series at 25-11, but during last season's meeting, the Seminoles dropped the match 5-2. Florida State will open ACC play against in-state conference rival No.14 Miami.
The Hurricanes are 4-1 on the season, having three victories over two ranked teams in No.23 Ole Miss and No. 14 Texas. Their only loss came at the ITA National Indoor Championships against No.7 Cal, 4-0. Miami possesses two ranked players in singles, including No.12 Anna Bartenstein and No.25 Gabriela Mejia.
The Hurricanes hold the series advantage over the Seminoles 22-4, dating back to 1982. Under Coach Hyde, the Noles have only knocked off the Hurricanes once, coming in 2008 with a score of 5-2.
"This years' team us as deeo as any I've coached," Hyde said. "Now that we have a full lineup for the weekend, I'm really excited to see how we kick off this next phase of the season." Both matches have a chance of being moved to the Indoor Tennis Facility, due to in climate weather. Check back to Seminoles.com and Twitter (FSU_Wtennis) for more information. 645-GAME is the weather hotline for Florida State Athletics and can be used to check-in for weather updates.
Live Stats throughout the match can be followed here:
In addition, the 2012 Women's Tennis Almanac is now online at Seminoles.com on the women's tennis page. http://grfx.cstv.com/photos/schools/fsu/sports/w-tennis/auto_pdf/2011-12/misc_non_event/W_TennisAlmanac.pdf