Oct. 18, 2009
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – On the final day of play at the Seminole Quad Tournament, the Florida State women’s tennis team learned that their freshmen will be imperative to success of the team this season. The Seminoles finished the final day with four singles win as there were no doubles play today, Sunday, October 18.
“All in all we had a very good showing this weekend,” stated head coach Jennifer Hyde. “I was very happy with the way we competed each day considering the icy weather conditions the girls were forced to play in.”
In singles, the freshmen Francesca Segarelli and Amy Sargeant finished in a tie for first place with Iowa’s Sonja Molnar. Sargeant went undefeated on court three to score twelve points while Segarelli won two of the three matches on court one.
Junior Katie Rybakova finished tied for second while senior Jessica Sucupira finished in third after going undefeated in singles. Junior Federica Suess won all of her matches on court four to finish in a tie for fifth. Singles play was out of 24 competitors.
“We had two players from our squad in a 3-way tie for first place, which is very cool to see from our newcomers,” stated Hyde. “Jessica has gone undefeated in singles play since the start of this fall season, and she continues to be very consistent with her results.”
In doubles play Suess, who went undefeated in doubles and singles play for the weekend, tied with Sucupira, who won two of her three matches, to lead the Noles. Sergeant also won two of her three matches in doubles.
“Fede had another long 3-set match today and continues to find a way to win,” said Hyde. “Katie took care of her work today and over powered her opponent from the first game of the match, which is very often the case when Katie plays.”
Suess won today in an exciting three-set match at the Scott Speicher Tennis Center. She defeated Iowa’s Alexis Dorr to win 4-6, 7-5, 6-3. Sargeant and Sucupira had very dominating wins on court three and four, respectively. Sargeant won 6-2, 6-0 on against Iowa’s Zuzi Chmelarova while Jessica Young of Iowa fell to Sucupira 6-1, 6-1. Rybakova defeated Iowa’s Lynne Poggensee-Wei 6-3, 6-2 on court two.
“I think this tournament was a fantastic tune up for all the girls for our big regional event in Atlanta next weekend,” concluded Hyde. “That tournament is wide open, and every player on our team has a chance to win that event and receive an automatic bid into the National Individual Championships in November.”
Florida State heads to Atlanta to compete in the ITA South Region Championships. The Seminoles return to Tallahassee to host the Seminole Invitational on November 6-8.
1) Sonja Molnar (IOWA) def. Francesca Segarelli (FSU) 6-2, 6-2
2) Katie Rybakova (FSU) def. Lynne Poggensee-Wei (IOWA) 6-3, 6-2
3) Amy Sargeant (FSU) def. Zuzi Chmelarova (IOWA) 6-2, 6-0
4) Jessica Sucupira (FSU) def. Jessica Young (IOWA) 6-1, 6-1
5) Federica Suess (FSU) def. Alexis Dorr (IOWA) 4-6, 7-5, 6-3
1) Myrthe Molenveld (AUB) def. Chrissie Seredni (FIU) 6-2, 6-0
2) Caroline Thornton (AUB) def. Mariana Muci (FIU) 5-4 (RET)
3) Maria Spenceley (FIU) def. Jil Hastenrath (AUB) 6-2, 7-6 (3)
4) Paulina Schippers (AUB) def. Maria Valliasciani (FIU) 6-3, 6-3
5) Heather Bybee (AUB) def. Magali Holt (FIU) 6-2, 6-0
6) M. Beelen (Iowa) def. Plamena Kurteva (AUB) 6-1, 6-0