March 27, 2009
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – After earning its first ACC win of the season, the No. 25 Florida State women’s tennis team practiced strenuously this week to continue the momentum and it worked. Due to weather conditions that caused Florida State to move indoors after starting the first set of singles play, the Seminoles were able to prevail over the distractions as they earned their second victory of the season to improve its record to 9-6, 2-4 and upset another league opponent in No. 22 Virginia, 4-3.
“I’m really proud of the way the girls fought today,” head coach Jennifer Hyde said. “We dealt with the adversity of moving from outdoors to indoors very well, and as soon as we started play after the move, we competed at a level we needed to win.”
Losing the doubles point is definitely something FSU did not have planned, but that is exactly what happened as the Seminoles were overpowered on two courts. The doubles team of sophomore Bonny Davidson (Johannesburg, South Africa) and junior Lauren Macfarlane (Ogden, Utah) were the lone team to win for FSU in doubles as they defeated Claire Bartlett and Maggie Yahner after pushing the Cavaliers threat to a tie breaker 9-8 (4).
Once again the Seminoles were faced to step up their game on singles in order to win the match. Earning the first point for FSU to tie up the score was freshman Noemie Scharle (Colmar-berg, Luxembourg) defeating #78 Jennifer Stevens 6-1, 6-2. Leading the Seminoles to their second point in the face-off was junior co-captain Jessica Sucupira (Whitehouse, Texas) as she continued her reign on court six with her win against Neela Vaez 6-4, 6-3. Fellow co-captain Macfarlane continued the upward push as she overcame Lindsey Hardenbergh’s power in two tie-breaker sets, 7-6 (4), 7-6 (4), to give Florida State its third point and tie the score once again at 3-3.
Earning another victory for the Garnet and Gold as she clinched the point in her third set was senior Ania Rynarzewska (Inowroclaw, Poland). Rynarzewska did not start off the match well as she was overpowered by Bartlett 6-0 in the first set. The second set featured the foes battling, but the Seminole was able to pull through as she won 6-4. Rynarzewska, already having secured two other matches for FSU against Florida and UNC, knew how hard she would have to work to come out successful if her team had a shot to win the match. After leading by as much as three points in the third set, the senior was able to push herself to trump Bartlett and win the set 6-2.
“We lost a very close doubles point that we let slip out of our hands,” Hyde said. “I can’t say enough about Ania’s effort today. To be down a set and 0-3 in the second, and find a way to win says so much about her heart. She knew the match was going to come down to her and was an absolute bulldog with this match on her shoulders. We needed this win today, and it was a huge effort by everyone, especially our senior. We will enjoy this win for the next 24 hours or so, but then we have to get focused and ready for another tough match on Sunday.”
Florida State now has a quick turn-around as they face #54 Virginia Tech Sunday, March 29 at 10:30 a.m.
#25 Florida State 4, #22 Virginia 3
Doubles: Order of finish -3, 1, 2
1. #48 Stevens/Fraser def. Jessica Sucupira/ Federica Suess 9-8 (5)
2. #64 Vaez, Rales def. Katie Rybakova/Noemie Scharle 8-5
3. Bonny Davidson/Lauren Macfarlane def. Bartlett/Yahner 9-8 (4)
Singles: Order of finished 2, 4, 6, 1, 3, 5
1. #81 Emily Fraser def. # 56 Katie Rybakova 2-6, 6-1, 6-3
2. #44 Noemie Scharle defeated # 78 Jennifer Stevens 6-1, 6-2
3. Lauren Macfarlane def. Lindsey Hardenbergh 7-6 (4), 7-6 (4)
4. Amanda Rales def. #76 Federica Suess 6-2, 6-2
5. Ania Rynarzewska def. Claire Bartlett 0-6, 6-4, 6-2
6. Jessica Sucupira def. Neela Vaez 6-4, 6-3