May 10, 2009
GAINESVILLE, Fla. – In one of the most upsetting losses of the season, the No. 18 Florida State women’s tennis team fell to in-state rival No. 15 Florida earlier this afternoon in the second round of the 2009 NCAA Tournament. After battling with the Gators in temperatures higher than 90 degrees Fahrenheit and earning two victories in singles, the Seminoles were unable to handle Florida’s force and loss 4-2.
“We played well, but we just didn’t capitalize on opportunities that we had,” FSU head coach Jennifer Hyde said. “There is a not a player on my team who I don’t fully believe in. We left it all out there today. It was a great match. We had a great year. We were a match short of where we wanted to go this year. I am unbelievably proud of my team. They really came together. They bought in all season. They got better and that process was achieved at a very high level. We did play our best tennis at the end of the year. We just came across the Florida team who was a little bit better than us in certain spots. The girls have no reason to walk out of here with heads low.”
The heated battle started off early in doubles as the Seminoles cruised past the Gators on court three with Lauren Macfarlane and Noemie Scharle stomping on Brooke Allen and Lauren Wolken, 8-0, to earn the first doubles win.Unfortunately, the Gators were quick to respond as the Orange and Blue won court one with No. 18 Marrit Boonstra and Joanna Mather. Earning the third doubles victory and giving Florida the lead into singles was the No. 25 nationally-ranked team of Jessica Alexander and Anastasia Revzina beating Jessica Sucupira and Bonny Davidson, 8-4.
In spite of losing the doubles point, the Seminoles were able to prevail past the set back and continue to battle with Florida. Taking court six with an easy victory and continuing her reign was Sucupira as the junior co-captain trumped Lauren Wolken 6-0, 6-0 to tie up the score, 1-1.
Court four was the next to finish as the Gators’ Alexander took control of sophomore Federica Suess, 6-2, 6-2, to give UF the lead again. Despite winning the first set, 6-1, against Florida’s No. 8 Boonstra, No. 50 Katie Rybakova was overpowered by the Gator in the next two sets as she fell 6-2, 6-1, to give UF its third match point.
Gaining FSU’s second match point was Scharle of court two with an amazing comeback. The freshman fell in the first set, 2-6, but was able to prevail past Anastasia Revzina in the second set, 6-2, to push the Gator to a third set where the Seminole again dominated the court, 6-1.
“Noemie did a great job of outlasting her opponent,” Hyde added. “She has been dealing with a lot in her freshman year. Yesterday she had a bit of a rough day. She didn’t lose, but she still was getting through some hurdles. She did a lot today and shows you what a career she is going to have at Florida State.”
The victory was now in the hands of court three with Macfarlane and court five with Ania Rynarzewska.
Macfarlane appeared to be overpowering Joanna Mather as the Seminoles won the first set 6-2. However, the match hit a halt for FSU as Macfarlane fell in her second set 4-6. Simultaneously, the lone Florida State senior, Rynarzewska, was in one of her toughest matches of the season against Barbara Pinterova on court five. Rynarzewska fell in the first set 2-6, but was able to fight back and win the tie breaker in the second set 7-6 (3). As Florida State continued to persevere through the warpath, the Seminoles fell in a heartbreaking match point as Mather overpowered Macfarlane to take the point and clinch the victory for Florida, 6-3, in the third set.
In even more upsetting reality, the Seminoles also said goodbye to their lone senior as it was her last match wearing Garnet and Gold. Rynarzewska was complimented by Hyde when said she was an excellent player in that she could always outlast her opponent.
“Ania did a fantastic job all year with clinching matches and coming back from behind,” Hyde said. “I knew she was going to outlast her opponent. Not just this year, but in her whole career she as been able to do it. She had an unbelievable career. I can’t even believe it’s over for her. We have been through so much. She was on the team when we weren’t even making the NCAA Tournament and now she is playing for a position in the top 16. She has taken the team to new levels. She has ownership in setting the foundation of what the program is now. We are going to miss her dearly.”
#18 Florida State 2, #15 Florida 4
Singles: Order of Finish 6, 4, 1, 2, 3
1. #8 Marrit Boonstra def. #50 Katie Rybakova 1-6, 6-2, 6-1
2. #30 Noemie Scharle (FSU) def. #40 Anastasia Revizina 2-6, 6-2, 6-1
3. Joanna Mather def. Lauren Macfarlane (FSU) 2-6, 6-4, 6-3
4. Jessica Alexander def. #106 Federica Suess (FSU) 6-2, 6-2
5. Ania Rynarzewska (FSU) vs. Barbara Pinterova
6. Jessica Sucupira (FSU) def. Lauren Wolken 6-0, 6-0
Doubles: Order of Finish 3, 1, 2
1. #18Marrit Boonstra and Joanna Mather def. Katie Rybakova/Federica Suess 8-5
2. #25 Jessica Alexander and Anastasia Revzina def. Davidson/Sucupira def. 8-4
3. Scharle and Macfarlane def. Brooke Allen and Lauren Wolken 8-0