Feb. 27, 2014
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - The No. 34-ranked Florida State women's tennis team (7-3, 2-0 ACC) welcome conference foes Georgia Tech and Boston College to Tallahassee this weekend for a pair of matches at the Scott Speicher Tennis Center. It is the first time that FSU is 2-0 in ACC play in head coach Jennifer Hyde's tenure and the first since 2004. The Seminoles have played in the ACC Championship match in two of the last three seasons.
"We played a great match against Georgia Tech last year," said Hyde. "It was indoors up at their place and came down to the last match on No. 1 singles and we lost 6-4 in the third set. So it's a bit of a redemption for both matches for us this weekend as we lost both on the road last year. The weather is going to be nice and we'll to be outside. We should have some nice crowds and are ready to get back on court and keep our streak going in the ACC."
Junior Mia Vriens has won eight matches in a row and nine of her last ten dating back to Oct. 18, 2013. It has also been an impressive spring for senior Kristina Schleich as she has won all four of her singles matches in 2014, with five wins coming on court five. Opponents have failed to score win more than two games in any set in her past three matches.
Junior Kerrie Cartwright has won four of her last five matches with the only loss being a tough three-setter to No. 29 Alexandra Cercone of Florida. Cartwright's win over Wake Forest's Kimmy Guerin would clinch the match for the Seminoles over the Demon Deacons. She played at the No. 1 position for the first time in her career against Maryland and dispatched with Kristina Hovsepyan in straight sets, 6-1, 6-0.
The `Noles are 14-2 in their last 16 non-conference home matches at either the Scott Speicher Tennis Center or the Indoor Tennis Facility. FSU hosted No. 60 LSU as part of USTA's College MatchDay and defeated the Tigers, 4-1, in a match that was streamed on ESPN3.
No. 19 Georgia Tech is 4-2 on the season with three wins over ITA top-30 opponents. They defeated No. 25 Nebraska as part of ITA Kick-Off Weekend and also took down No. 22 Notre Dame and No. 27 Tennessee. The Jackets are led by Kendal Woodard who is ranked No. 94 and has a 6-11 record on the year. Woodard and Megan Kurey have been a seemingly unstoppable pairing as they are 18-5 together this year and are currently ranked No. 1 in the country.
No. 56 Boston College comes to Tallahassee with a 7-2 record and are 0-2 in ACC play. Sophomore Katya Vasilyev has played great for the Eagles on court three and recently defeated ITA No. 69 Whitney Kay of North Carolina, 6-3, 6-2 and No. 40 Rachel Pierson of Virginia, 6-7 (5-7), 6-4, 6-3.
The No. 30 Seminoles face Georgia Tech on Fri., Feb. 28 at 3:00 p.m. Florida State will return to the courts to play Boston College on Sun., March 2 at 12:00 p.m. Both matches will be played at the Scott Speicher Tennis Center.