March 20, 2009
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The No. 30 Florida State women’s tennis team (7-6, 0-4) loss its fourth consecutive Atlantic Coast Conference match as the Seminoles fell to the Duke Blue Devils 6-1. FSU has yet to win a match in the conference and will continue its search as they host the North Carolina Tar Heels at the Scott Speicher Tennis Center on Sunday, March 22 at 12 p.m.
“We are going to have to last a little longer to win these matches,” head coach Jennifer Hyde said. “We need to fight harder. We are in a bit of a losing streak. However, we are losing to teams in the top 10. In order for us to get over the hump, we have to give more fight. We need to work harder to win points and be more composed in tight situations.”
Despite losing the doubles point to the Blue Devils, junior co-captain Lauren Macfarlane (Ogden, Utah) and sophomore Bonny Davidson (Johannesburg, South Africa) teamed up to win the only double’s match for FSU as they overpowered Ellah Nze and Reka Zsilinska 8-7 (5). Sophomore Federica Suess (Ludwigshafen, Germany) and other co-captain Jessica Sucupira (Whitehouse, Texas) started their doubles match strong, but were unable to sustain their energy and fell to No. 19 Melissa Mang and Amanda Granson 8-4.
“We are going to have to step up when given opportunities,” Hyde said. “We didn’t execute points in doubles. We need to be able to execute the point when its 40-15. Once we learn to do that, we will be able to win these matches. We need to capitalize and be courageous. All you can do is keep pushing and keep your head up.”
Singles was not a better story either as all but one Seminole were defeated by their opponents. FSU’s Sucupira continued her successful run as she was the lone player to win as she conquered Duke’s Jessi Robinson 6-4, 6-2. Concluding the match for the Garnet and Gold was No. 56 nationally-ranked Katie Rybakova (Coral Springs, Fla.) battling No. 32 Mallory Cecil. After winning the first set in a tiebreaker 7-6 (6), Rybakova pushed Cecil into yet another tiebreaker for the second set, but was overpowered 7-6 (1). With the fans cheers and Coach Hyde’s encouragement, Rybakova was able to push through a third set, but unfortunately fell 6-3.
“At this point, we are in the homestretch of the season,” Hyde said. “That’s what we will be focusing on. We are looking to get over this hump against UNC on Sunday. We will get over this hump.”
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#30 Florida State 1, #7 Duke 6
1. Melissa Mang and Amanda Granson def. Federica Suess and Jessica Sucupira 8-4
2. Jessi Robinson and Mallory Cecil def. Noemie Scharle and Katie Rybakova 8-2
Order of finish: 2, 1, 3
1. #32 Mallory Cecil def. # 56 Katie Rybakova 6-7 (6), 7-6 (1), 6-3.
2. #23 Ellah Nze def. #44 Noemie Scharle 7-6 (4), 6-4.
3. #30 Reka Zsilinska def. Lauren Macfarlane 6-4, 6-1.
4. Amanda Gibson def. #76 Federica Suess 6-1, 6-3.
5. Melissa Mang def. Ania Rynarzewska 6-4, 7-5,
6. Jessica Sucupira def. Jessi Robinson 6-4, 7-2.
Order of finish: 4, 6, 3, 5, 2, 1