JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - North Florida women's tennis earned a No. 3 seed in the region for the first time in program history as it faces off with No. 17 Florida State in the first round of the NCAA Tournament in Gainesville on Friday, May 11.
"This is the first time that we're a third seed and we're excited to get the recognition that we've worked hard for," said head coach Mariana Cobra. "We have put in the work and now we are ready to take care of business next week against Florida State."
North Florida (17-7) earns its fourth straight bid to the NCAA Tournament after winning the ASUN Championship. It is the first time UNF will face Florida State (18-8) in the NCAA tournament and will be the sixth meeting overall with the Seminoles taking each of the previous meetings. Florida State was the fifth seed in the ACC Tournament and bowed out in the second round. The Seminoles are ranked No. 17 in the latest ITA poll, have two players ranked in the top 125 singles and two pairs in the top 90 doubles.
In addition to FSU and UNF, No. 10 Florida hosts Youngstown State as well.
The Ospreys are led by ASUN Tournament MVP Luise Intert who was named to the ASUN All-Conference first team and earned Scholar Athlete of the Year honors. Junior Rafaela Gomez joined her on the first team, while three others earned All-ASUN honors. UNF defeated Stetson, 4-1, win its fourth straight ASUN tournament and its seventh in eight years.
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