TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Highlighting the second day of the Seminole Invitational was freshman Francesca Segarelli as she upset No. 21 Bianca Eichkorn of Miami 6-4, 6-2 to earn a spot in the flight championship. Florida State will hit the courts for the last day of fall play and the final round of singles Sunday at 9:00 a.m. on the Scott Speicher Tennis Courts.
“What a huge credit to Francesca and the level she is playing at right now,” FSU Head Coach Jennifer Hyde said. “To get another ranked top 25 win says a lot I think it says again for how good of a career she could have. She is getting better and making different changes in her game. She is playing more aggressively and playing her game. As long as she can play at the level there will not be a lot of people that will be able to beat her.”
Posting the first win of the day for Florida State was senior Jessica Sucupira and junior Federica Suess earning third place in the Gold doubles bracket after posting a win over Furman’s Arguello and Betts 8-3.
Suess, ranked No. 82, went on to also earn the first singles win as she defeated Furman’s Brown 6-0, 6-1. The ‘Nole will now play USF’s Mueller in the flight championship.
As the second Seminole to earn a spot in her flight championship, No. 93 Lauren McCreless (Macfarlane) dominated her match against No. 50 Rehberger of USF and now faces teammate Segarelli on Sunday.
Sucupira will also hit the courts tomorrow morning to battle for a third-place finish as she fell in the quarterfinals to Denver’s Bauregger 6-3, 6-1.
Falling in the Garnet doubles flight championship was McCreless and Segarelli to USF’s Rehberger and Koning 8-2.
“It will be nice to end the fall season with four victories tomorrow,” Coach Hyde added. “I think everyone has something to play for. There is not a match that doesn’t matter. I don’t know who is going to be playing where in our lineup next spring and that every bit of effort we do now is going to make a difference for spring. We’ve got such a deep team we don’t know what’s going to happen. I hope they can go out tomorrow and finish on a good note.”
Tennis fans are encouraged to come support the Seminoles as admission to the Scott Speicher Tennis Center is free.