March 15, 2009
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The No.24-ranked Florida State women’s tennis team (7-5, 0-3) was unable to win its first Atlantic Coast Conference victory of the season as they fell 1-5 to No.12 Clemson. After moving the match up an hour due to inclement weather headed to the Tallahassee area, the Tigers left the Scott Speicher Tennis Center still leading the overall series against the Seminoles 17-8.
“Clemson did a little bit of a better job competing in certain spots than we did today,” head coach Jennifer Hyde said. “In these big ACC matches, it takes the whole team to show up on a consistent basis to get the win, and unfortunately we didn’t do that today.”
Battling on court three and taking Clemson’s Estefania Balda to three sets, the only Seminole to find success on her court was No. 38 Noemie Scharle (Colmar-Berg, Luxembourg). Although Scharle fell in the first set 4-6, with the help of assistant coach Oliver Foreman’s encouraging words, the freshman was able to step up and defeat Balda in the final two sets, 6-4, 6-3.
Court six featured co-captain Jessica Sucupira’s (Whitehouse, Texas) hard fought match-up against the Tigers’ Laurianne Henry. Sucupira kicked-off her match with a win in the first set, 6-3. After Henry continued to fight back, Sucupira was pushed into a second-set tiebreaker where the junior fell 7-6 (6). With her team cheering her on and Hyde’s support, Sucupira was able to continue the push in her attempt to win, but unfortunately fell to Henry 7-5 in the final set.
“We have a lot of work to do this week to prepare for two more big ACC matches against Duke on Friday and UNC on Sunday,” Hyde said. “The spring season is a process which includes both highs and lows. Every team in the nation experiences those same ups and downs, but the better teams are able to stabilize those peaks and valleys. We have a lot of tennis matches ahead of us. As long as we continue to get better in practices and matches and prepare as perfectly as we can for game day, we are moving in the right direction.”
The Garnet and Gold will continue to look for their first ACC victory of the season as they host the Duke Blue Devils on March 20 at 4 p.m.
Final Score: #24 Florida State 1, #12 Clemson 5
No. 1: #2 Ani Mijak def. #41 Katie Rybakova 6-0, 6-1
No. 2: #15 Josipa Bek def. Lauren Macfarlane 7-5, 6-3
No. 3: #38 Noemie Scharle def. Estefania Balda 4-6, 6-4, 6-3
No. 4: Ina Hadziselmovic def #81 Federica Suess 6-1, 6-3
No. 5: #114 Keri Wong def. Ania Rynarzewska 6-0, 6-2
No. 6: Laurianna Henry def. Jessica Sucupira 3-6, 7-6 (6), 7-5
Order of finish: 1, 5, 4, 2, 3, 6