March 10, 2010
MALIBU, Calif. – The No. 15 Florida State women’s tennis team (6-6, 0-1) closed out its spring break road trip with a 6-1 win over No. 35 Pepperdine Wednesday afternoon at the Ralphs-Straus Tennis Center. In its second trip out to the Waves in program history, the Seminoles extended their 2-0 all-time series record over Pepperdine by posting a total of seven wins including freshman Francesca Segarelli’s match winning point on court two to secure the victory.
“It was a good day,” FSU Head Coach Jennifer Hyde said. “We started off really well with doubles. We were working on some new things in doubles and the girls did a heck of a job executing. We did a good job of starting the match with us not playing from behind. I was very proud of us setting the tone early with getting that doubles point.”
Florida State opened the match strong by posting two doubles victories on court three and two. Court three featured Lauren McCreless and Jessica Sucupira teaming up to knock down Tara Panu and Tania Rice 8-0.
After Pepperdine posted a win on court one to tie the doubles score, Amy Sargeant and Francesca Segarelli responded on court two with an 8-5 win over Andrea Oates and Ali Walters to give the ‘Noles the lead point into singles.
“In singles we jumped out with four first sets,” Coach Hyde said. “I really feel like the girls took control of the match in those positions really quickly. They really never backed down after that. They did a good job of beating a good Pepperdine team who is going to win against some really good people this year. I feel good about how we did today.”
Singles saw all but one Seminole posting wins with No.46 Lauren McCreless leading the way on court one as she trumped No. 81 Arianna Colffer 6-0, 6-2. This is the second consecutive ranked opponent McCreless has beaten as she upset No. 24 Josipa Bek of Clemson last Sunday.
Junior Federica Suess scored FSU’s third match point with her 6-3, 6-2 win over Tania Rice on court six.
Segarelli continued to impress as the freshman surpassed Anamika Bhargava 7-5, 6-1 on court two to earn Florida State’s fourth point and secure the victory.
Stepping up on court five was Sucupira as the ‘Nole took down Andrea Oates in a 6-1, 6-2 win FSU’s fifth point.
Closing out the successful day for the squad was No. 115 Katie Rybakova on court three. Despite falling in the first set, 3-6, to Ali Walters, the junior fought back to win the second set 6-2 and push the match to a third set. The junior closed out her match by posting a 6-2 win to score FSU’s final match point.
The Seminoles will now take a couple days off before opening Atlantic Coast Conference play in Tallahassee as they host Georgia Tech on March 17 at 4 p.m. Follow the team on Twitter at FSU_WTENNIS and Facebook on the Florida State Women’s Tennis fan page.
Doubles: 3, 1, 2*
1) Anamika Bhargava/Marie Zalameda (PEP) def. Katie Rybakova/Federica Suess (FSU), 8-5
2) Amy Sargeant/Francesca Segarelli (FSU) def. Andrea Oates/Ali Walters (PEP), 8-5
3) Lauren McCreless/Jessica Sucupira (FSU) def. Tara Panu/Tania Rice (PEP), 8-0
Singles: 4, 1, 6, 2*, 5, 3
1) #46 Lauren McCreless (FSU) def. #81 Arianna Colffer (PEP), 6-0, 6-2
2) Francesca Segarelli (FSU) def. Anamika Bhargava (PEP), 7-5, 6-1
3) #115 Katie Rybakova (FSU) def. Ali Walters (PEP), 3-6, 6-2, 6-2
4) Marie Zalameda (PEP) def. Amy Sargeant (FSU), 6-1, 6-3
5) Jessica Sucupira (FSU) def. Andrea Oates (PEP), 6-1, 6-2
6) Federica Suess (FSU) def. Tania Rice (PEP), 6-3, 6-2