Feb. 22, 2009
BATON ROUGE, La. – Despite losing the doubles’ point, the twenty-sixth ranked Florida State women’s tennis team extended its winning streak to five as they conquered No. 23 LSU, 5-2. The Seminoles improved their all-time record against the Tigers to 8-6 and season record to 6-2.
“As expected, we had another good battle today with LSU,” head coach Jennifer Hyde said. “We had chances to clinch the doubles point, and it was a bit frustrating to miss that opportunity. However, we set the tone very early in singles. The girls demonstrated a huge amount of fight today.”
Although Florida State’s Katie Rybakova (Coral Springs, Fla.) and Bonny Davidson (Johannesburg, South Africa) won the first match in doubles against Hannah Robinson and Nicole Smith, 8-4, the Tigers were still successful in gaining the doubles’ point and leading 1-0 into singles.
“The girls came out strong in singles as we got up in the first four sets very quickly,” Hyde said. “Although Jessica lost her first set, she did a great job of controlling her second and third set. Ania also did a good job of winning on her court and tying the score at 1-1. I’m proud of Federica coming back and battling in her tie-breaker on court four. Lauren and Noemie also did a fantastic job of taking care of business. “
After losing the singles’ point, Florida State knew it had a lot of work to do in order to come back and that’s exactly what they did as five out of six Seminoles remained unconquered on their court. Gaining the first point for the Seminoles was senior Ania Rynarzewska (Inowroclaw, Poland) defeating Nicole Smith, 6-1, 6-3. Newly ranked freshmen, No. 48 Noemie Scharle (Colmar-berg, Luxembourg) , and No. 81 Federica Suess (Ludwigshafen, Germany) followed Rynarzewska’s lead and trumped both their opponents in just two sets to give Florida State the lead 3-2. Securing the victory for the Seminoles on court three was junior co-captain Lauren Macfarlane (Ogden, Utah) trumping Nicole Kantor, 6-4, 6-4. Closing out the match for Florida State was fellow junior co-captain Jessica Sucupira (Whitehouse, Texas) battling three sets against Staten Spencer and succeeding 5-7, 6-3, 6-0.
“I am very happy with the team effort and fight the girls gave today,” Hyde added.
Florida State will now travel back to Tallahassee to prepare as they host in-state rival, No. 12 Florida, on February 28 at 1 p.m. in the Scott Speicher Tennis Center.
No. 26 Florida State- 5, No. 23 LSU- 2
1. No. 15 Megan Falcon and Mykala Hedberg def. Noemie Scharle and Federica Suess 8-3.
2. Nicole Kantor and Staten Spencer def. Lauren Macfarlane and Jessica Sucupira 8-6.
Order of finish: 3, 1, 2
1. No. 12 Megan Falcon def. No. 23 Katie Rybakova 6-2, 2-6, 6-3.
2. No. 48 Noemie Scharle def. Mykala Hedberg 6-3, 6-2.
3. Lauren Macfarlane def. Nicole Kantor 6-4, 6-4.
4. No. 81 Federica Suess def. Hannah Robinson 6-3, 7-6.
5. Ania Rynarzewska def. Nicole Smith 6-1, 6-3.
6. Jessica Sucupira def. Staten Spencer 5-7, 6-3, 6-0.
Order of Finish: 5, 2, 1, 4, 3, 6