Oct. 24, 2008
Athens, Ga. – Florida State women’s tennis team began day one of the Wilson/ITA Southern Regional Championships with heavy downpour that led the singles matches to be postponed until Saturday, October 25. In spite of weather conditions, doubles matches continued and the Seminoles hit the courts to compete in the “A” flight.
“Today was a great learning experience with some new doubles partnerships,” said assistant coach Oliver Foreman.
Junior Lauren Macfarlane and sophomore Federica Suess kicked off the day with a victory against University of Alabama-Birmingham’s Jenny Cape and Evelien Strijker, 8-2. In their second attempt, Macfarlane and Suess fell to the No. 1 seed Chelsey Gullickson and Yvette Hyndman of Georgia, 8-2.
“I am very pleased with our performances today,” said Foreman. “It was quite evident more needs to be worked on, but more importantly there has been huge strides made in the quality of our doubles, their positioning on court and their maturity with shot selection has grown. The girls are beginning to read the doubles game.”
Junior Jessica Sucupira (Wente) and sophomore Bonny Davidson also won their first flight against Mississippi State’s Radka Ferancova and Elna de Villiers, 8-3. In spite of Sucupira and Davidson’s effort in their first match, they were defeated in the second stint of the day by Ole Miss’ Kristi Boxx and Karen Nijssen, 8-0.
“We try to teach the girls that regardless of winning or losing, to become a better player you have to learn from each and every match you play,” said Foreman. “I think we are starting to realize the difference between being a great doubles player and a good doubles player can be just a matter of winning the right points at the right time.”
Florida State will hit the courts again tomorrow morning for singles matches beginning at 9 a.m. Stay tuned for up-to-date results at www.seminoles.com.