April 1, 2012
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The No.37 Florida State women’s tennis team pummeled No. 66 Boston College on the way to their fifth-straight victory today defeating the Eagles 5-2, and move to 11-6 (4-2 ACC) on the season.
“We set a team goal to go 5-0 in this stretch and that is exactly what this team did.” Head Coach Jennifer Hyde said. “These were five competitive and very important matches for us, and I’m so happy to see the girls step up and take care of checking that goal off of their list.”
For the fifth-consecutive match, the Seminoles captured the doubles point, taking the 1-0 lead into singles play. Winning on court three was junior Carolina De los Santos and Mia Vriens as beat Ina Kappilua and Katarina Gajic, 8-3.
Junior Francesca Segarelli and sophomore Ruth Seaborne held on to defeat No.38 Alex Kelleher and Olga Khmylev on court one 8-6. Seaborne and Segarelli have knocked off ranked opponents in consecutive matches en route to their tenth win on the season as a pair.
“We handled another big doubles point today.” Hyde said. “Mia and Caro took a quick lead and No. 3, and Ruth and Fran jumped out to a 7-1 lead as well. We let them back in at No.1 for four or five games, buy they did well to clinch the win.”
In singles, Segarelli dominated in her match on court four as she defeated Kelleher 6-0, 6-2. Moments later, Seaborne rolled on to victory on court two against Wacnik, 6-2, 6-3. The pair of Seminole wins made the score 3-0 in favor of FSU.
Snatching the fourth and match sealing point would be junior Amy Sargeant on court six as she defeated Kelly Barry 6-2, 7-5 for her 12th singles win on the spring.
The Eagles would steal a point as Gajic defeated Vriens on court three 7-6 (7-3),6-2 making the score 4-1.
On court five, De Los Santos fell into a 5-2 hole in the second set, but rallied back to take her match against Khymlev 6-1, 7-6 (7-5).
Despite falling in the first set, freshman Leyla Erkan battled back from a 3-1 deficit in the second to force a tiebreak set on court one. Erkan would fall in the tiebreak points against Kikuchi, 6-2, 6-7, 1-0 (10-5) making the final score 5-2.
“As we head into this next phase of the season, we have to focus on playing emotionally consistent tennis,” Hyde said. “Being emotionally consistent each day we compete is something we can continue to work on during this stretch leading into the ACC Championships. I’m so proud of the team and how they’ve performed during this 5-0 streak. That speaks a lot for the progress that’s being made. We still have a lot of learning and growing to do, but we’re right where we need to be heading into these next four big matches.”
The Seminoles will head to Tobacco Road this weekend as they will face No.8 North Carolina on Friday at 11 a.m. and No.3 Duke on Saturday at 11 a.m. Florida State will return home for one final home stand starting on April 13 against Virgina Tech at 3:30 and they’ll close out the season at home against Virginia on April 15 at 12 p.m.
1. Erina Kikuchi def. Leyla Erkan: 6-2, 5-7,1-0 (10-5)
2. Ruth Seaborne def. Jessica Wacnik: 6-2, 6-3
3. Katarina Gajic def. Mia Vriens: 7-6 (7-3), 6-2
4. Francesca Segarelli def. Alex Kelleher: 6-0, 6-2
5. Carolina De los Santos def. Olga Khymlev: 6-1, 7-6 (7-5)
6. Amy Sargeant def.Kelly Barry: 6-2, 7-5
Order of finish: 4,2,6,3,5,1
1. Francesca Segarelli/Ruth Seaborne def. No.38 Kelleher/Khymlev: 8-6
2. Kicuchi/Wacnik def. Erkan/ Sargeant : 8-3
3. De Los Santos/Vriens def. Gajic/Kappuila: 8-3
Order of finish: 3,1,2