Tallahassee, Fla. -- If a 6-0 team record doesn't say enough about the power of FSU's No. 22-ranked women's tennis squad, winning 50 matches in a row to start the season certainly does. With nine more victories in singles and doubles against Jacksonville University today, Feb. 10, the Seminoles pro-longed their record of perfection, which stands as the best spring season start in program history.
"Going 50-0 in the first six dual matches is a pretty incredible feat," said head coach Jennifer Hyde. "We haven't had anyone even slip up and miss a point, which is very impressive. The team has some very specific things they want to accomplish this season and their resolve to do that is impressive. I think it shows in how they've performed in the last 50 matches."
In the 27-year history of FSU women's tennis, no team has ever had such a powerful start to the season. The 2003 and 2004 squads both started with three 7-0 victories, but they pale in comparison to the five dominant 7-0 victories, plus a 6-0 win over Florida A&M yesterday that the Seminoles have posted to start 2008.
Florida State powered past Jacksonville en route to that 50-0 record today, posting all nine wins in straight sets with no tie-breakers. Junior Ania Rynarzewska and senior Tapiwa Marobela clinched the doubles point for the Seminoles with an 8-2 win over Lena Xu and Juliana Umeki 8-2. Sophomore Jessica Wente posted the third singles victory of the day to give Florida State the win with a 6-1, 6-1 defeat of the Dolphins' Iva Jaresova.
"The girls did a great job of just coming out and taking care of business," said Hyde. "They worked hard to improve in the last week. Our goal was to take advantage of having one more opportunity to compete and focus on fine-tuning some things, which we did. I'm very proud of the girls' effort. It's going to be exciting to see how they do as we start getting into the meat of our season in the next couple months with some high-level SEC and ACC tennis."
The Seminoles will start facing some of that high-level SEC talent this Friday, Feb. 15 against No. 29 Auburn at 3:00 p.m. in Tallahassee. They will also face No. 5 Florida, No. 34 LSU and No. 9 Miami before the end of February.
FSU (7), JU (0)
Walter/Suess (FSU) def. Soldatova/Jaresova (JU) 8-1
Macfarlane/Wente (FSU) def. Willi/Carrero (JU) 8-3
Rynarzewska/Marobela (FSU) def. Xu/Umeki (JU) 8-2
Order of finish: 1, 3, 2
Rybakova (FSU) def. Xu (JU) 6-2, 6-2
Macfarlane (FSU) def. Willi (JU) 6-3, 6-1
Walter (FSU) def. Soldatova (JU) 6-2, 6-4
Wente (FSU) def. Jaresova (JU) 6-1, 6-1
Rynarzewska (FSU) def. Carrero (JU) 6-1, 6-3
Suess (FSU) def. Umeki (JU) 6-4, 6-1
Order of finish: 1, 5, 4, 6, 2, 3