February 14, 2009 - by
Florida State Overpowers Furman To Win First Of Two Matches In Tampa

Feb. 14, 2009

Tampa, Fla. – Coming off a 2-0 record at last week’s double-header, the twenty-sixth ranked Seminoles used their good foundation to overpower the Paladins, 6-1. Winning the doubles’ point and earning the rest of their points in singles’, Florida State defeated Furman on USF Varsity Tennis Courts and will now face No. 55 South Florida on Sunday, February 15.

Florida State’s goal of perfecting its doubles’ teams was successful as the Seminoles won all their doubles’ matches. Earning the doubles’ point for the Seminoles was sophomore’s doubles’ threat Katie Rybakova (Coral Springs, Fla.) and Bonny Davidson’s (Johannesburg, South Africa) victory over Laura Giola and Monica Arguello 8-6. Freshman Noemie Scharle (Colmar-Berg, Luxembourg) and sophomore Federica Suess (Ludwigshafen, Germany) secured the point as they defeated Jennifer Betts and Lauren Tomory 8-5.

The Seminoles dominated the Paladins in singles’ as they were victorious on all but one court. In one of the toughest matches of the day, No. 35 Rybakova successfully battled No. 37 Monica Arguello, 6-2, 6-7 (11-9). Clinching the fourth point for Florida State was junior co-captain Jessica Sucupira (Whitehouse, Texas) conquering Susan Bitetti, 6-1, 6-2. Other Seminoles winning their matches were junior co-captain Lauren Macfarlane (Ogden, Utah), senior Ania Rynarzewska (Inowroclaw, Poland) and No. 53 Suess.

Florida State matches-up against South Florida tomorrow, February 15, at 11 a.m. on USF Varsity Tennis Courts.




1. Macfarlane/Sucupira def. Giola/ Arguello. 8-6

2. Scharle/Suess def. Betts/ Tomory. 8-5

3. Rybakova/Davidson def. Preeg/Bitteti 8-1


1. No. 9 Giola def. Scharle 6-2, 6-2

2. No. 35 Rybakova def. No. 37 Arguello 6-2, 6-7, (11-9)

3. Macfarlane def. Preeg 6-3, 6-2

4. No. 53 Suess def. Bitteti 6-1, 6-2

5. Rynarzewska def. Tomory 1-6, 6-2,( 10-4)

6. Sucupira def. Betts 6-0, 6-2 *

Order: 4, 3, 6, 1, 5, 2

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