Jan. 18, 2009
Tallahassee, Fla. – After a long day of fierce competition in both singles’ and doubles’, No. 20 Florida State finished the second day of the Northwestern Wildcat Invitational with a 2-1 doubles’ record and 8-4 singles’ record.
“I think it’s quite evident the girls are starting to settle in and feel more comfortable with a dual-match situation,” said assistant coach Oliver Foreman. “It’s been about 8 months since their last season dual-match, and against the number 1 team in the country, it felt like they jumped into the swing of things automatically.”
Prevailing past the first doubles’ match-up against Alabama’s Courtney McLane and Taylor Lindsey were junior’s Jessica Sucupira (Whitehouse, Texas) and Lauren Macfarlane (Ogden, Utah), 9-7. The sophomore class was no different as Katie Rybakova (Coral Springs, Fla.) and Bonny Davidson (Johannesburg, South Africa) defeated Merritt Emery and Alice Tunaru (Alabama), 8-2.
“The girls who had finished their matches were behind their teammate’s court cheering the loudest of any team in the facility, and here at Florida State, we love that,” said Foreman.”I’m proud of them as individuals on the court today, and more so as a team. It was a team effort and it will always take a team effort to be the best! I believe we have a lot to look forward to with this team this season!!”
Showing her garnet and gold during singles’ was newcomer Noemi Scharle (Colmar-Berg, Luxembourg) as she conquered her first collegiate ranked opponent, No. 28 Georgia Rose (Northwestern), 6-1, 6-3. Scharle also won her other singles’ match against Anna Redecsi (DePaul), 6-3, 6-1. No. 35 Rybakova won both her singles’ matches defeating No.109 Dunja Antunovic (DePaul), 6-7, 6-4, 6-0 and Samantha Murray, 6-1, 5-7, 6-4. Fellow sophomore, No. 53 Federica Suess (Ludwigshafen, Germany), also triumphed past Sandra Zmak (DePaul) 7-5, 6-4. Senior Ania Rynarzewska (Inowroclaw, Poland) won her first singles’ match of the season against Cali Gustafson (DePaul), 6-1, 6-1. Finishing off conquests for the day was Macfarlane moving past Selma Salkovic (DePaul), 6-4, 6-4 and Elena Chernyakova (Northwestern), 7-6, 6-0.
“Today we proved once again that we are a national championship contender, taking the top team in the country right to the wire,’ added Foreman.”Our 1, 2 and 3 spots were awesome today with Noemi, Lauren and Katie being undefeated in singles today. To see our new signee, Noemi, take the reigns at the number one position against Northwestern and beat a girl of that caliber is rewarding for her, the team and us as coaches.”
Florida State is back in action this morning for their final day at the Northwestern Wildcat Invitational.
Katie Rybakova (FSU) def. Dunja Antunovic (DEP) 6-7, 6-4, 6-0
Noemie Scharle (FSU) def. Anna Redecsi (DEP), 6-3, 6-1
Lauren Macfarlane (FSU) def. Selma Salkovic (DEP), 6-4, 6-4
Federica Suess (FSU) def. Sandra Zmak (DEP), 7-5, 6-4
Gia McKnight (DEP) def. Jessica Wente (FSU), 6-1, 6-3
Ania Rynarzewska (FSU) def. Cali Gustafson (DEP), 6-1, 6-1
Keri Robison (NU) def. Jessica Wente (FSU), 7-5, 6-2
Lauren Macfarlane (FSU) def. Elena Chernyakova (NU), 7-6, 6-0
Noemie Scharle (FSU) def. Georgia Rose (NU), 6-1, 6-3
Stacey Lee (NU) def. Ania Rynarzewska (FSU), 6-1, 6-2
Nazlie Ghazal (NU) def. Federica Suess (FSU), 6-1, 7-5
Katie Rybakova (FSU) def. Samantha Murray (NU), 6-1, 5-7, 6-4
Welcher/Bigos (Alabama) def. Suess/Scharle 9-7
Sucupira/Macfarlane def McLane.Lindsey (Alabama) 9-7
Rybakova/Davidson def Emery/Tunaru (Alalbama) 8-2