April 11, 2013
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -The No.30-ranked Florida State women's tennis team is ready for a top-ten weekend against No. 9 Duke and top-ranked North Carolina. The match against Duke will start at 4 p.m. on Friday, while the dual with UNC will begin at 12 p.m. on Sunday.
"It's our last home weekend," head coach Jennifer Hyde said. "We had a really fun weekend against these teams two years ago and we're looking forward to it again. When you're playing at home it's just a big event with it being `Paint it Pink' and senior weekend."
Florida State has defeated Duke five times in program history. In 2011, the Seminoles defeated the Blue Devils on senior day 4-2, before beating them again in the ACC quarterfinals, 4-3. The all-time series favors Duke, 5-25 and began back in 1983.
In their last match, the 13-5 Blue Devils were able to field only five players in singles, however there are four ranked athletes on their roster. Hanna Mar (23), Ester Goldfield (51), Marianne Jodoin (99) and Mary Clayton (110) are all listed in the latest ITA ranks. Goldfield and Mar are listed as the No.31-ranked doubles pair, while Goldfield also teams up with Annie Mulholland for the 53rd spot in the ITA poll.
In addition to hosting the Blue Devils on Friday, the Seminoles will take part in the `Paint it Pink' event by wearing pink jerseys for the match in order to raise breast cancer awareness. T-Shirts will be sold for a $10 donation and the proceeds will benefit the Tallahassee Memorial Sharon Ewing Walker Breast Health Center. For the eighth-straight week, North Carolina holds the No.1 spot in the ITA poll.
Before Friday's match against Miami, the Tar Heels are 19-2 on the year. Their two losses came against Florida and Virginia. Four of their wins this season were earned during the ITA National Indoor Championships where the `Heels took home the title.
The Seminoles will face the deepest singles line up this season as North Carolina handles five ranked singles players. Gina Suarez-Malaguti takes the court listed as the seventh-ranked player in the nation followed by Whitney Kay (34), Caroline Price (42), Zoe DeBruycker (48) and Ashley Dei (119).
"We get up for these matches," Hyde said. "It's pretty amazing and they're going to be challenged big time with ACC play. We're excited to be at home and let the seniors shine on their last weekend and hopefully pull off some upsets."
"This weekend is always big," Segarelli said. "Duke and UNC, they're big teams and for me as a senior, I always respect them. We beat them both, back-to-back two years ago and I want to beat them again."
Florida State will honor its two seniors before the start of the match on Sunday. Segarelli and Amy Sargeant will be recognized for their achievements while donning the Garnet and Gold.
"I've been emotional for about three weeks now," Sargeant said. "Just looking back at pictures of Fran and I. I've been looking forward to this weekend. It's a big deal. Tennis has to come first and the emotions have to be put aside. We have to get down to business and wear our hearts on our sleeves."
Both matches are slated to take place at the Scott Speicher Tennis Center, however in the case that inclement weather should arise; the match will be moved to the Indoor Tennis Facility. For more information, check back to Seminoles.com, Facebook and Twitter.