March 21, 2012
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The No.40 Florida State women’s tennis team started off their match against No.39 TCU by claiming four of the six courts, including one gutsy comeback victory as they went on to defeat the Horned Frogs today 5-2 at the Scott Speicher Tennis Center.
“That was an unbelievably exciting match today,” Head Coach Jennifer Hyde said. “Considering the adversity this team is in the midst of, they did a fantastic job of stepping up in a number of different spots and across the board.”
Just when it looked like the Horned Frogs were about to tie the match at 3-3, the heroic comeback on court five proved just to be the opposite. After falling in the first set, sophomore Ruth Seaborne fought back to take the second set against Federica Denti, forcing a third. Once again, the London, England native found herself in a hole as she was down 5-0 in the third set. Seaborne did the unthinkable and won seven straight games to take her match, 4-6, 6-3, 7-5, sealing the victory for the Seminoles and making the score 4-2 before doubles.
“Being down 0-5 in her match and finding a way to win seven straight games was something that Ruth needed to see in herself, and also something this team needed to see.” Hyde said. “This win for Ruth, and for the team, could not have come at a better time as we head in to two big ACC road matches this weekend.”
Junior Francesca Segarelli put the Noles on the board first as she came away with a convincing victory over Olivia Smith 6-1, 6-2 on court three.
Continuing her court six dominance was junior Amy Sargeant as she defeated Gaby Mastrimarino 6-1, 6-1, making the score 2-0 FSU.
TCU would earn their first point on court one as Stefanie Tan beat freshman Leyla Erkan 6-3, 6-0. The Horned Frogs would tie the match at 2-2 as they claimed the match on court two with Simona Parajova defeating freshman Mia Vriens, 6-4, 6-2.
The match wouldn’t stay tied for long as junior Carolina De los Santos blazed to a win on court four against Millie Nichols, 6-4, 6-2 making the score 3-2. Seaborne sealed the deal on court five for the Noles with her epic comeback.
Just minutes after her singles triumph, Seaborne teamed up with Segarelli in doubles to go on to defeat Barbosa and Smith, 8-6 on court one. Sargeant and Erkan would secure the doubles point as they beat Tan and Kelsey Sunduram 8-4 on court two.
“I hope the girls enjoy the feeling after a big win like this,” Hyde said. “Because there is so much parody in college tennis nowadays, every time you step on the court and get a win it’s a big win. On any given day, it seems like anyone can beat anybody. We did a great job of sticking to our guns today. I’m proud of them and I’m happy that they can enjoy this win as we head into the weekend.”
Florida State will take their first trip of the season to North Carolina to take on NC State on Saturday at 12 p.m. and Wake Forest on Sunday at 12 p.m. Check back to Seminoles.com and Twitter (FSU_Wtennis) for more updates.
1. Seaborne/Segarelli def. Barbosa/Smith: 8-6
2. Sargeant/Erkan def. Tan/Sundaram: 8-4
3. Mastromarino/Parajova def.Vriens/Simmons: 8-4
Order of finish: 3,2,1
1. Stefanie Tan def. Leyla Erkan: 6-3, 6-0
2. Simona Parajova def. Mia Vriens: 6-4, 6-2
3. Francesca Segarelli def. Olivia Smith : 6-1,6-2
4. Carolina De los Santos def. Millie Nichols: 6-3, 6-0
5. Ruth Seaborne def. Federica Denti:4-6, 6-3, 7-5
6. Amy Sargeant (FSU) def. Gaby Mastromarino: 6-1, 6-1
Order of finish: 3,6,1,2,4,5