April 3, 2009
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Continuing the wave of success by earning its fourth-consecutive victory in league play, the No. 17 nationally-ranked Florida State women’s tennis team (11-6, 4-4) opened up its last home-match weekend with a victory against No. 34 Wake Forest, 6-1. The Seminoles hit the courts of the Scott Speicher Tennis Center earlier today to help fight breast cancer while also honoring their lone senior, Ania Rynarzewska (Inowroclaw, Poland).
“Everyone is feeling really confident right now with their fourth-consecutive ACC victory,” FSU head coach Jennifer Hyde said. “Wake Forest is a good team. The girls did a great job after losing the doubles point again. We took an early lead during singles on all six courts by jumping up on all first sets pretty quickly. We did have to play through some adversity. However, all I wanted them to do is to come out and play harder than they did in doubles which they did.”
Florida State monopolized singles as all first sets were won by Seminoles to help earn the win. Winning the first point for FSU to tie up the score was junior co-captain Jessica Sucupira (Whitehouse, Texas). Sucupira dominated Wake’s Katarina Reveche in just two sets on court five with a 6-3, 6-0 win. Quickly following Sucupira’s lead was fellow co-captain Lauren Macfarlane on court three. The Ogden, Utah native defeated Emilee Malvehy 6-3, 6-1 to give FSU its second match point.
Meanwhile, sophomore Katie Rybakova (Coral Springs, Fla.) was taking care of business on court one with her upset of No. 55 Sasha Kulikova after being down 1-4 in her first set. Rybakova came back to win her match 6-4, 6-4.
Court four featured another sophomore in No. 98 Federica Suess (Ludwigshafen, Germany) trumping Wake’s Christian Tara 7-5, 6-4.
Despite being thrown into singles after Rynarzewska was unable to play, sophomore Bonny Davidson (Johannesburg, South Africa) adapted into a singles’ threat as she won on court six against Ryann Cutillo of Wake Forest 6-4, 4-6, 10-6.
Closing out the win for Florida State was freshman Noemie Scharle (Colmar-berg, Luxembourg) proving she bleeds Garnet and Gold. After dominating Sierre Poske of Wake Forest 6-1 in the first set, Scharle was pushed to a second set as the newcomer fell 6-2. In spite of feeling pain from an injury, Scharle flourished back in the third set to defeat Poske 6-1.
The Seminoles will continue to look for the doubles’ point on Sunday against NC State as Florida State was again overpowered with Wake dominating all three courts to gain the point into singles.
“We got on top of Wake Forest making it difficult for them to recover,” Hyde said. “We truly dominated in singles. We are now looking forward to Sunday which is our last home match. We want to pack the stands for our final match.”
Florida State will be back in action Sunday, April 5 to face NC State at 12 p.m. in the last home match of the season. Come cheer on the Seminoles as admission is free.
#17 Florida State 6, #34 Wake Forest 1
Doubles: Order of finish 3, 2, 1
1. Sasha Kulikova/ Sierre Poske def. Katie Rybakova/ Federica Suess 8-4
2. Emiliee Malveny/Aileen Davis def. Jessica Sucupira/Bonny Davidson 8-5
3. Katarina Reveche/Christian Tara def. Noemie Scharle /Lauren Macfarlane 8-2
Singles: Order of finish 5, 3, 1, 4, 6, 2
1. #65 Katie Rybakova def. #55 Sasha Kulikova 6-4, 6-4
2. #30 Noemie Scharle def. Sierre Poske 6-1, 2-6, 6-1
3. Lauren Macfarlane def. Emilee Malvehy 6-3, 6-1
4. #98 Federica Suess def. Christian Tara 7-5, 6-4
5. Jessica Sucupira def. Katarina Reveche 6-3, 6-0
6. Bonny Davidson def. Ryann Cutillo 6-4, 4-6, 10-6