April 18, 2012
CARY, N.C.- The No.32 Florida State women's tennis team will look to improve upon last season Championship Match berth at this year's 2012 ACC Championships at the Cary Tennis Center in Cary, N.C. As the No.7 seed in the tournament, the Seminoles with play the No.10 seeded Virginia Tech tomorrow at 12 p.m.
"There is something about this tournament every year," head coach Jennifer Hyde said. "When we walk into that facility, everything lifts a little bit. Bottom line is we have to come out strong in that first match against Virginia Tech. It's a good first round match for us and we've got to get past that first round match."
The Seminoles are fresh from competition with the Hokies as they`ve faced them just this past Friday. Florida State earned their first 7-0 sweep of the season and their fifth ACC win.
The Seminoles closed out the regular season with a record of 12-8 and 5-6 outing in the ACC. In addition to No.32 ranking, the doubles team of sophomore Ruth Seaborne and Francesca Segarelli surged into the rankings last week and are currently listed as the No.40 pair. Together, they are 10-2 for the spring and 2-1 over ranked opponents.
Including Segarelli and Seaborne, two others are listed with ten or more singles wins on the spring. Leading the way is junior Amy Sargeant who finished the regular season with a 15-5 showing, with the majority of her work coming off of court six. Junior Carolina De los Santos played the majority of her matches on court five where she posted a spring record of 14-6. Seaborne is now 11-9 and Segarelli is listed at 12-8.
Last season, the Seminoles closed out the season on an eight-match winning streak en route to a berth in the Championship Match for the second time ever in school history.
"Making a run takes a lot of work," Hyde said. "You have to take it one match at a time and not get too far ahead of yourself. The ACC is very deep and there isn't a weak team in the field and everyone is going in there to win it. I think that if we realize we can string together those days where all six courts are firing, we can beat anyone, but we're going to start off with round one."
After beating Wake Forest, Virginia and Duke, the Seminoles would fall to North Carolina 4-3 in the final match of the ACC Tournament.
Check back to Seminoles.com and Twitter for more information on Championship week. Below is the live stats link, which can be viewed throughout the match.
Live stats/ FSU vs. VT: http://www.seminoles.com/sports/w-tennis/spec-rel/fsu-w-tennis-live-updates-fsuvt.html