Feb. 26, 2006
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – In its final non-conference tune-up, the No. 57 Florida State women’s tennis team suffered a setback Sunday afternoon, falling to No. 41 Florida International 5-2 at the Scott Speicher Tennis Center. With the win, FIU improved to 5-2 on the season while the Seminoles dropped to 7-3 overall.
FIU won the doubles point after securing wins in the No. 1 and No. 2 positions. The Golden Panthers’ Paula Zabala and Nikkita Fountain defeated Ania Rynarzewska and Nicola Slater at center court, 8-4, but the Seminoles’ Tapiwa Marobela and Suzanna Mansour answered back with an 8-4 victory over Bruna Discordia and Courtney Jonson in the third slot. After tying it up 6-all at No. 2, FIU’s Shilla D’Armas and Egle Petrauskaite edged junior Whitney Eber and senior Alina Mihailescu (8-6) as the Golden Panthers took the first point.
The Seminoles put their first team points on the board as Slater quickly beat Petrauskaite 6-4, 6-0, in the third position. However, that would be the only win of the day for the home team as the Golden Panthers recorded four straight victories at Nos. 2, 4, 5 and 6 to clinch the team victory.
Although FIU earned the team victory, Rynarzewska refused to give up at the No. 1 slot, giving the Golden Panthers’ Zabala a showdown until the end. Zabala took the first set 7-6 and raced ahead 5-1 in the second set. However, in probably the gutsiest performance of the season, Rynarzewska battled back and won six straight games, defeating Zabala in the second set 7-5. The pair went into the tiebreaker and despite battling for over three hours, the competitors displayed extreme discipline by participating in long volleys. Rynarzewska eventually pulled out with the impressive 10-4 win.
FSU returns to action next week, hosting Miami on Friday at 2:00 p.m. for its first Atlantic Coast Conference match of the season.
No. 41 FIU (5-2) vs. No. 57 FSU (7-3)
February 26, 2006
FINAL SCORE: 5-2
1. Zabala/Fountain (FIU) def. Rynarzewska/Slater (FSU) 8-4
*2. D’Armas/Petrauskaite (FIU) def. Eber/Mihailescu (FSU) 8-6
3. Marobela/Mansour (FSU) def. Discordia/Jonson (FIU) 8-4
1. Ania Rynarzewska (FSU) def. Paula Zabala (FIU) 6-7, 7-5, 10-4
2. Shilla D’Armas (FIU) def. Tapiwa Marobela (FSU) 6-1, 0-6, 6-1
3. Nicola Slater def. Egle Petrauskaite (FIU) 6-4, 6-0
4. Nikkita Fountain (FIU) def. Alina Mihailescu (FSU) 6-1, 6-4
5. Marijana Cutuk (FIU) def. Suzanna Mansour (FSU) 6-3, 6-1
6. Courtney Jonson (FIU) def. Lisa Nystrom-Skold (FSU) 6-3, 6-0