May 20, 2009
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Although the day didn’t start as planned for the Florida State Seminoles, it ended with an exciting victory in Noemie Scharle. The freshman will now battle against No. 1 Maria Mosolova of Northwestern in the second round Thursday morning. Scharle’s second round appearance is the first time since 1996 a Seminole has competed in the round of 32.
“The first match at the NCAA Championships is always the toughest to get through,” head coach Jennifer Hyde said. “Noemie did a great job of working through some kinks today and doing what she needed to do to get the win. She is very excited about playing the No. 1 player in the country and the No. 1 seed of these championships. Tomorrow presents an exciting opportunity for Noemie. We will enjoy this first win this evening, get some food and some good rest tonight and get ready to play against one of college’s best players. It’s a great opportunity.”
The day started off slow for the Seminoles as sophomore Katie Rybakova fell in the first match of the day. Ranked 50th in the nation, Rybakova was overpowered by No. 38 Kristy Frilling of Notre Dame 6-1, 6-2.
However, Scharle was there to turn things around for FSU in her match against No. 60 Jenni Heinser of San Francisco. The power-hitting rookie dominated the first set with a 6-4 win. The second set wasn’t successful for Scharle as Heinser pushed the Seminole to a third set after falling 4-6. Scharle retaliated in the third set as the newcomer conquered Heinser with a 6-2 win to close out the match and move on to the second round. Scharle, a Colmar-Berg, Luxembourg native, faces the top player in the country, Mosolova, who enters the competition with a 34-7 record this season as opposed to the Seminole’s 17-6 record.
Scharle is scheduled to play at 11 a.m. Keep up with Scharle’s progress as live stats and video are available on www.seminoles.com.