Sept. 27, 2007
Tallahassee, Fla. - Still riding the waves of a solid performance in Atlanta last weekend, the Florida State women's tennis team continues the fall season this weekend in separate locations at the ITA/Riviera All-American Tournament and the Roberta Alison Invitational.
"Being exposed to that environment early in your career is crucial, so that the expectation is that you should be in that environment," said head coach Jennifer Hyde of the prestigious tournament. "They're going to get the opportunity to play some of the best players in the country in the next week. They're where they belong and I have very high hopes for a successful week."
Macfarlane had a wildly successful freshman year as she finished 28-8 in singles play, giving her an .807 win percentage (third-highest in school history). Rybakova launched her collegiate career last weekend at the Georgia Tech Invite with gusto, completing three rounds of doubles and singles play without a loss. She looks to continue that unbeaten streak Saturday playing singles and doubles with Macfarlane.
Tournament play in doubles and singles at the Riviera will continue through Oct. 7 in California.
Roberta Alison Invitational
"We had a great weekend at Georgia Tech, so I know some of the girls are anxious to get back out there," said assistant coach Oliver Foreman. "They've had a good week of practice, so I'm expecting--and I'm sure they're expecting--pretty good things this weekend."
Florida State last competed at Alabama in the 2006 ITA South Regionals where senior Carolin Walter (Bingen, Germany) took home the Doubles B Draw title while Macfarlane took second in the Doubles A Draw. Senior Tapiwa Marobela (Gabarone, Botswana) and junior Ania Rynarzewska (Inowroclaw, Poland) also advanced deep into the Singles A and B Draws.
The three-day round robin tournament kicks off at 9:00 a.m. Friday morning, Sept. 28, with the first two rounds of doubles as well as the first round of singles.
Following both tournaments, Florida State will begin preparations for the ITA South Regionals in Athens, Ga. on Oct. 20.