Feb. 8, 2009
TALLHASSEE, Fla. – The twenty-sixth ranked Florida State women’s tennis team knew they had a difficult Sunday ahead, but that didn’t stop the Seminoles from standing unconquered 2-0 in their only double-header of the season.
“It’s always good to walk away with two wins which was our objective today,” said Head Coach Jennifer Hyde. “It was good to see people step up even when they are not quite feeling their best. I am very proud of the girls in their effort with that. This was a good weekend. “
Florida State kicked off the day with a solid victory over Georgia State 5-2. In spite of the Panthers winning the doubles’ point, the Seminoles came back with a strong showing in singles. Taking the first match was freshman Noemie Scharle (Colmar-Berg, Luxembourg) overpowering Martina Nitkova, 6-1, 7-5. Senior Ania Rynarzewska (Inowroclaw, Poland) was the next Seminole to conquer her opponent, Martina Ondrackova, 6-3, 6-3. Other Seminoles defeating their opponents were junior co-captain’s Lauren Macfarlane (Ogden, Utah) and Jessica Sucupira (Whitehouse, Texas) and sophomore Federica Suess (Ludwigshafen, Germany).
“Georgia State was very competitive,” said Hyde. “Our girls did a good job of outlasting our opponents which is very important in our first match.”
The lone Florida State doubles’ team to win their match-up against Georgia State was the defeat of Diana Nakovic and Linda Hricistova of by Katie Rybakova (Coral Springs, Fla.) and sophomore Bonny Davidson (Johannesburg, South Africa), 8-5.
Next up on the Seminoles list was UNC-Greensboro. The Spartans began their fall to Florida State in doubles as Macfarlane and Sucupira defeated Lindsey Doughtery and V. Behr 8-2 to win the first match. The second win to give Florida State the doubles’ point and the lead was Davidson and Rybakova winning against Jessica Elben and Britany Cloer 8-0.
“We played a lot better in doubles, but it is something we need to continue to improve on,” added Hyde.
Closing off the triumph for Florida State’s day was all six Seminoles winning their singles’ matches. Leading the Seminoles to their victory of 7-0 over UNC-Greensboro was Sucupira trumping B. Cloer 6-0, 6-0 and Davidson overwhelming Courtney Akel 6-1, 6-1.
“All in all it was a good team effort to get the job done,” said Hyde. “We are going to take some time off to take care of our bodies and then get back to work. We have a lot of tough matches ahead we need to prepare for.”
The Seminoles improves their record to 3-2 this season. Florida State will not take some time to recuperate and regroup until their next match-up against Furman on Valentines Day, February 14.
Final Score: #26 Florida State 5, Georgia State 2
Court 1- Diana Nakovic def. Katie Rybakova, 5-7, 6-0
Court 2 – Noemie Scharle def. Martina Nitkova, 6-1, 7-5
Court 3 – Lauren Macfarlane def. Dariana Kozmina, 7-5, 6-2
Court 4 – Federica Suess def. Katarina Gresova, 6-4, 9-7
Court 5 – Ania Rynarzewska def. Martina Ondrackova, 6-3, 6-3
Court 6 – Jessica Sucupira def. Linda Hricistova, 6-2, 6-4
Order of finish: 2, 5, 1, 6, 3, 4
Court 1- Martina Nitkova and Katarina Gresova def. Noemie Scharle, 8-5.
Court 2- Dariana Kozmina and Kiara Powell def. Jessica Sucupira and Lauren Macfarlane, 8-2.
Order of finish: 2, 3, 1
Final Score: #26 Florida State 7, UNC-Greensboro 0
Court 1- Katie Rybakova def. A. Guerra , 10-8
Court 2 – Lauren Macfarlane def. A. VonStrolley 6-1, 6-2
Court 3 – Federica Suess def. V.Behr 6-1,6-0
Court 4 – Jessica Sucupira def. B. Cloer 6-0, 6-0
Court 5 – Bonny Davidson def. Akel 6-1, 6-1
Court 6 – Ania Rynarzewska def. L. Doughtery 7-6 (1), 6-0
Order of finish: 4, 5, 3, 2, 6
Court 1- A. Guerra and A. VonStrolley def. Scharle and Suess 8-7
Court 2- Sucupira and Macfarlane def. L. Doughtery and V. Behr 8-2
Court 3- Davidson and Rybakova def. J. Elben and B. Cloer 8-0
Order of finish: 3, 2, 1