April 9, 2006
It makes sense considering the native of Greenacres, Fla., recorded a triumphant victory at No. 5 singles that ultimately allowed FSU to upset No. 62 Virginia Tech, 4-3, at the Burrows-Burleson Tennis Center.
The Seminoles snapped a seven-match skid and improved to 9-11 on the season and 2-8 in ACC action. The Hokies dropped to 11-11 overall and 0-9 in the conference.
“Suzanna was absolutely incredible today,” said Hyde, who will lead her team to a regular season finale at home against Duke on Friday. “She had the match on her shoulders because she was the last person left on the court with the score tied 3-3. She played with heart, grind and was really aggressive. Suzi did an awesome job and we are just so proud of her.”
While Mansour’s singles performance caused great jubilation, it didn’t overshadow the fact that the Seminoles’ No. 1 doubles team of freshman Ania Rynarzewska and Mansour also recorded an upset in doubles. The pair defeated No. 47 J.J. Larson and Anat Elazari, 8-5. The Seminoles added another win at No. 2 doubles as juniors Nicola Slater and Whitney Eber earned a hard-fought 8-6 win over Inga Beerman and Jessica Long.
Thanks to the two wins, FSU captured the doubles point and took an early 1-0 lead heading into singles action.
The Tribe extended its lead to 3-0 with wins at Nos. 3 and 6. Slater dominated Larson 6-3, 6-0 and freshman Lisa Nystrom Skold registered a 6-3, 6-2 victory over Tech’s Abbey Walker. As the Seminoles took a healthy lead, the Hokies answered back with victories at Nos. 1, 4 and 2 singles. First, No. 58-ranked Inga Beerman toppled Rynarzewska 6-0, 6-2 at center court. Tech’s Ashley James defeated sophomore Tapiwa Marobela 6-4, 6-3 at No. 4 and Elazari upended senior Alina Mihailescu 6-0, 6-3 at No. 2.
With the score tied at 3-all, Mansour and Jessica Long battled it out in a three-set marathon but Mansour eventually prevailed 4-6, 7-5, 6-2.
“I’m just really proud of our entire team,” commented Hyde. “They played with a ton of heart and passion. This wasn’t our best overall match, but it goes to show you that we capable of beating some strong teams if we put forth more effort. This win will give us momentum going into the Duke match.”
The Seminoles will wrap up its regular season at home against Duke and honor Mihailescu, the lone senior on the team, Friday, April 14 at 2pm. Free pizza will be available for all fans in attendance.
1. #58 Inga Beermann (VT) def. Ania Rynarzewska (FSU), 6-0, 6-2
2. Anat Elazari (VT) def. Alina Mihailescu (FSU), 6-0, 6-3
3. Nicole Slater (FSU) def. J.J. Larson (VT), 6-3, 6-0
4. Ashley James (VT) def. Tapiwa Marobela (FSU), 6-4, 6-3
5. Suzanna Mansour (FSU) def. Jessica Long (VT), 4-6, 7-5, 6-2
6. Lisa Nystrom Skold (FSU) def. Abbey Walker (VT), 6-3, 6-2
1. Rynarzewska/Mansour (FSU) def. #47 Elazari/Larson (VT), 8-5
2. Slater/Whitney Eber (FSU) def. Beermann/Long (VT), 8-6
3. #37 Brouwer/James (VT) def. Marobela/Mihailescu (FSU), 9-8 (7-2)
Order of Finish: Doubles: 1, 2, 3
Singles: 3, 6, 1, 4, 2, 5