March 22, 2009
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – With the sun shining brightly and the atmosphere of the fans cheering loudly, the No. 30 Florida State women’s tennis team (8-6, 1-4) knew today would be a special day. After being frustrated with their four-match losing streak, the Seminoles came out with a vengeance as they overpowered the No. 15 nationally-ranked North Carolina Tar Heels 5-2 at the Scott Speicher Tennis Center.
“The team was self-motivated today in their win,” head coach Jennifer Hyde said. “They created it for themselves. The girls gave a great fight because they got to that point of being frustrated from being so close to winning. They had been fighting and really struggling these past few weeks in order to get over this hump we were in.”
Florida State kicked off the match against the Tar Heels, who were undefeated in the conference until today, in doubles. After falling on two courts to give UNC the lead into singles, Florida State knew it had even more work ahead of them if a victory was still on their mind. Court three was the lone doubles’ match that found success for FSU as freshman Noemie Scharle (Colmar-berg, Luxembourg) and sophomore Katie Rybakova (Coral Springs, Fla.) teamed up to defeat Sanaz Marand and Jelena Durisic, 8-6.
Singles was a sight to see as Florida State gave the Tar Heels a lot of trouble and frustration with five Seminoles defeating their opponents. Winning the first point for Florida State to tie the match, 1-1, was No. 76 sophomore Federica Suess (Ludwigshafen, Germany) trouncing Jelena Durisic 6-2, 6-3. Continuing her triumphs on court six was junior co-captain Jessica Sucupira (Whitehouse, Texas) with her victory against Jocelyn Ffriend 6-3, 6-1. Meanwhile, the other co-captain, Lauren Macfarlane (Ogden, Utah), was taking care of business on court three as she surpassed Austin Smith of UNC, 6-4, 6-4, to make the score 3-2.
The remaining two Seminoles continued the battle on court two and five in hopes of clinching the point for the Garnet and Gold. Court two featured No. 44 Scharle while senior Ania Rynarzewska (Inowroclaw, Poland) was on court five. After winning the first set 6-3 against Laura Reichert, Rynarzewska was on her way to win the point as she was up on the second set 5-4. Simultaneously on court two was Scharle fighting back from losing the first set 1-6, then coming back to win the second set 6-3. After going back and forth with Reichert, Rynarzewska clinched the point for the Seminoles with her second set win of 6-3. Scharle too earned her win as she rallied back in the third set to trump No. 53 Sanaz Marand 6-4.
“We were relentless in singles,” Hyde said. “They had to play with a belief in themselves. They had to buy into that belief even though we had been coming up short. Playing with that attitude made a huge difference. They truly hung in there and never stopped fighting.”
#30 Florida State 5, # 15 North Carolina 2
1. Katrin Tsang/ Autsin Smith def. Federica Suess and Jessica Sucupira 8-3
3. Noemie Scharle and Katie Rybakova def. Sanaz Marand/ Jelena Durisic 8-6
Order of finish: 1, 2, 3
1. # 93 Katrina Tsang def. #53 Katie Rybakova 6-4, 6-1
2. #44 Noemie Scharle def. #53 Sanaz Marand 1-6, 6-3, 6-4
3. Lauren Macfarlane def. Austin Smith 6-4, 6-4
4. #76 Federica Suess def Jelena Durisic 6-2, 6-3
5. Ania Rynarzewska def. Laura Reichert 6-3, 6-3
6. Jessica Sucupira def Jocelyn Ffriends 6-3, 6-1 Order of finish: 4, 1, 6, 3, 5, 2