March 29, 2009
BLACKSBURG, Va. – The No. 25 Florida State women’s tennis team continued their winning streak as the Seminoles defeated their third ranked ACC opponent- No. 54 Virginia Tech- to improve their overall record to 10-6 and league record to 3-4.
“Overall we had a pretty good road trip to Virginia,” head coach Jennifer Hyde said. “Our goal was to walk away 2-0 and to avenge last seasons’ loss to Virginia. That loss last year was a big gut check for our team, but to turn around this year and redeem last years loss was great. Today was a battle against Virginia Tech which I have to pay credit to them for coming out ready to play and competing with a lot of purpose.”
After allowing Virginia Tech to dominate the doubles portion of the match with their three wins that earned them the doubles point going into singles, the Seminoles regrouped to strategize what steps were necessary in winning against the league foe. Sophomore Katie Rybakova (Coral Springs, Fla.) and freshmen Noemie Scharle (Colmar-berg, Luxembourg) were the strongest doubles threat to the Hokies as they pushed the opposition to a tie-breaker where the pair eventually were overpowered 9-8 (3).
“After losing three very close doubles matches and losing the doubles point again, I was very pleased with how our girls responded immediately in singles,” Hyde said. “We were up a set quickly in five of our six singles’ matches, which was crucial for us. We needed that momentum swing, and the girls did a great job of making that happen.”
Scharle went to work again on singles as she was the first Seminole to win on her court to earn the point for FSU and tie the match. After having a bit of a losing streak on court one, Rybakova was able to pull through and overcome the setback as she defeated Inga Beerman in a three-set match, 6-3, 1-6, 6-1 to give Florida State the lead.
The Garnet and Gold domination was on a roll with senior Ania Rynarzewska (Inowroclaw, Poland) winning on court five against Courtney Rauscher 6-1, 2-6, 6-3 earning the third point. Securing the victory for FSU was co-captain Jessica Sucupira on court six. The Texas native overpowered the Hokies’ Holly Johnson in the first set 6-1, but fell in the second set, 3-6. With Johnson’s push of Sucupira to a third set, the junior quickly overwhelmed her opponent to win the fourth point for FSU with a 6-2 victory.
Closing out the match for Florida State was Lauren Macfarlane’s (Ogden, Utah) three-set win of Virginia Tech’s Martha Blakely 5-7, 6-4, 7-6.
“After winning those first sets, however, we backed off our game just a bit and Virginia Tech took full advantage of that by winning four or those five second-sets,” Hyde said. “The girls did a great job in their third sets and played their games at a very high level. They played their hearts out and deserved the win today.”
“I was very happy for Lauren,” Hyde added.“She was down 3-5 in the third set after our match had been decided. She worked so hard to get things back to even and go on to win that final point for our team. She showed a lot of poise and heart to battle through that match.”
Florida State heads home now to rest before another busy weekend in Tallahassee as the Seminoles face two matches next weekend.
#25 Florida State 5, #54 Virginia Tech 2
Doubles: order of finish 3, 2, 1
1. Brower/ Johnson def. Jessica Sucupira/ Federica Suess 9-7
2. Blakely/Beerman def. Katie Rybakova/ Noemie Scharle 9-8 (3)
3. Hamza/Walker def. Lauren Macfarlane/ Bonny Davidson 8-5
Singles: order of finish 2, 1, 5, 4, 6, 3
1. #56 Katie Rybakova def. Beerman 6-3, 1-6, 6-1
2. #44 Noemie Scharle def. Brower 6-4, 6-3
3. Lauren Macfarlane def. Blakely 5-7, 6-4, 7-6
4. Hamza def. #76 Federica Suess 3-6, 6-3, 6-3
5. Ania Rynarzewska def. Rauscher 6-1, 2-6, 6-3
6. Jessica Sucupira def. Johnson 6-1, 3-6, 6-2