Nov. 2, 2008
Tallahassee- Florida State concluded the annual Seminole Invitational having two players take home top honors in their singles flight championships. The 2008 Seminole Invitational included Denver, Air Force, Oregon and two in-state rivals, USF and FIU.
“Overall it was a pretty good weekend for us,” said head coach Jennifer Hyde. “We had some very good results from a few players, and we also identified some things we need to continue to work on.”
In the garnet bracket, sophomore Katie Rybakova defeated Denver’s M. Voelker, 6-4, 6-2. No. 24 Rybakova completed the invitational with a 3-0 record. In the same bracket was No. 40 junior Lauren Macfarlane winning against USAFA’s K. Eromin, 6-2, 6-0 to take seventh place.
“Katie did a great job today against a very good opponent,” said Hyde. “Her focus is very narrow right now as she is heading into this week’s National Indoor Championships.
No. 113 Federica Suess was triumphant in finishing the Seminole Invitational with a perfect singles record as she rolled passed University of South Florida’s L. Schumate, 6-4, 3-1 (ret.).
“The fall season provides great opportunities for us to learn and work out some kinks before heading into the challenging spring dual match season,” said Hyde.
The white bracket consisted of sophomore Bonny Davidson prevailed against Oregon’s S. Cavan, 6-2, 6-2 to place third.
Despite her best efforts to progress to the black singles championship, junior Jessica Sucupira (Wente) fell to Denver’s J. Bauregger 6-2, 6-1.
“The team as well as the coaches had a very productive meeting at the conclusion of the event today and discussed some of those kinks we need to straighten out,” said Hyde. “There is a new focus within the team now, and whenever you can rally as a unit around adapting, changing and improving, it’s a very motivating thing.”
The Seminoles will now focus to cheer on teammate Rybakova as she travels to the 2008 National Indoor Championships to compete in the 32 singles player’s matches.
“She’s on a mission and is itching to get up to Virginia for the Championships,” said Hyde. “We have a few days of practice ahead, but she will be ready to go come game time.”
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