April 16, 2009
Cary, N.C. – Moving on to the second round of the Atlantic Coast Conference Championships seems to be an easy task for the Seminoles as the No. 17 Florida State women’s tennis team (15-6) will make its 16th quarterfinal’s appearance. With FSU’s domination over NC State earlier today in the first round of the tournament, 4-0, the group will now look for revenge as they face No. 7 Georgia Tech Friday at 12 p.m.
The Garnet and Gold kicked-off the conquest over the Wolfpack early in the match with their wins on courts one and three to earn the doubles point heading into singles. The doubles team of Lauren Macfarlane and Noemie Scharle on court three started the lead with their win of 8-3 over NC State’s Pender Sessoms and Neils Barringer. Securing the point after a tight battle on court one was Katie Rybakova and Federica Suess surpassing Daria Petrovick and Lenka Hojkova, 8-5.
“Getting the doubles’ point was big and that was a definite hump for us to get over,” FSU head coach Jennifer Hyde said. “We sometimes make it a bit difficult for ourselves, but we are working our way through it. It is very encouraging to see.”
Leading Florida State once again and continuing her rule over court six was co-captain Jessica Sucupira (Whitehoue, Texas). The junior was the first to finish for the Seminoles and earned the second point for the squad with her win against Pender Sessoms, 6-0, 6-0.
In spite of being switched from her usual spot on court five to court four for just the second time this season, senior Ania Rynarzewska (Inowroclaw, Poland) adapted well as she prevailed past the Wolfpack’s Neils Barringer 6-4, 6-2 to give FSU its third match point.
Clinching the victory for Florida State despite losing the first set 2-6 was No. 58 Rybakova on court one. The sophomore bounced back in the second set with a 6-1 win over Lenka Hojkova of NC State and continued her defeat over her opponent in the final set with a 6-0 shut out.
“We had a little bit of a slow start going into singles,” Hyde said. “However, once we got rolling in a few spots, we just kept going with the momentum. Everyone played pretty well today. They did a god job of taking care of business even though NC State gave us a bit more trouble than before.”
“The girls are really excited to lace up on the court tomorrow and face Georgia Tech,” Hyde added. “At the end of the day, they are not playing Tech, but playing the ball. They have to play their games and play in their comfort zones. This is another great opportunity for us. We were in the same position last year against Miami. There is a lot on the line and there is so much to be excited about. We are going to enjoy the environment and make the most of tomorrow.”
Keep up with the Seminoles tomorrow as live stats will be available on www.seminoles.com beginning at 12 p.m.
#17 Florida State 4, NC State 0
Singles: Order of Finish 6, 4, 1
1. #58 Katie Rybakova (FSU) def. Lenka Hojkova 2-6, 6-1, 6-0
2. #42 Noemie Scharle (FSU) def. Berkeley Brock DNF
3. Lauren Macfarlane (FSU) def. Daria Petrovic DNF
4. Ania Rynarzewska (FSU) def. Neils Barringer 6-4, 6-2
5. Federica Suess (FSU) def. Diana Mortlock DNF
6. Jessica Sucupira (FSU) def. Pender Sessoms 6-0, 6-0
Doubles: Order of Finish 3, 2, 1
1. Katie Rybakova/Federica Suess def. Petrovick/Hojkova 8-5
2. Brock/Mortlock def. Bonny Davidson/Jessica Sucupira 8-3
3. Lauren Macfarlane/Noemie Scharle def. Sessoms/Barringer 8-3