Tallahassee, FL - Four Seminoles from the Florida State women’s tennis team will be representing the garnet and gold this weekend, October 3-4, at the 2010 Riviera/ITA Women’s All-American Championships. No. 59 Noemie Scharle, No. 64 Katie Rybakova, Federica Suess and Manon Veldman will battle to earn a spot on the main singles and doubles draw of the championships.
“This is one of the most fun tournaments of the fall season,” FSU head coach Jennifer Hyde said. “They run a first class show and I know the girls really love going out there. The competition there will probably have one of the deepest pools of talent we will see. This tournament is going is give us a good looks at some very good competition. Some of the best players in the country are going to be at this event and it’s going to be a good gauge to see where we are coming off of last weekend’s performance.”
Scharle and Rybakova’s records were strong enough to qualify them for the qualifying singles draw of 64 players. In order for a player to advance to the main draw they must win three matches.
“It’s a three phase tournament with a prequalifying, qualifying and main draw,” continued Hyde. “We are looking for opportunities to work our way to the next draw. We just want to get out there and get busy.”
On the doubles front, all four Seminoles will be competing in the prequalifying draw of 32 teams. Scharle and Rybakova will team up while Veldman and Suess will be FSU’s other doubles team for Florida State. Both doubles teams will have to win three rounds to move on to the qualifying doubles draw.
Rybakova, Suess and Scharle were the only Seminoles in 2009 to travel to the championships. Suess and her former doubles teammate Lauren McCreless (McFarlane) made it to the second round of qualifying double. Rybakova and Scharle both fell is the second round of the consolation draw. The girls look to improve on those results this year, but their coach knows it will not be easy.
“Ideally we would like to be playing some of our best tennis right now,” explained Hyde. “Realistically I don’t know if that is the case, but certainly it’s going to give us an environment where we will be pushed to play our best tennis. We know there is a lot of things we still need to work on and just getting some good matches under our belt this time of year is really crucial and this is just another opportunity for that to happen.”