Sept. 27, 2009
GREENVILLE, S.C. – The Florida State women’s tennis team closed out the final day of its first fall tournament of the season with three singles flight championships at the Furman Fall Classic. What began as a good day of singles play on Friday turned out to be great preparation in the final day of singles matches with a freshman and two seniors taking home the crowns.
“Overall, we can take away some very positive things from this weekend,” FSU head coach Jennifer Hyde said. “For our first competition of the season I think everyone did a good job against some very tough opponents.”
Senior Jessica Sucupira (Wente) and Lauren McCreless (Macfarlane) had an outstanding day on the courts by notching two flight championships in their bracket. Sucupira dominated Northwestern’s Elena Chernyakova in flight seven with a 6-2, 6-2 victory while McCreless toppled over Kata Szekely of Tennessee 6-3, 6-1.
“I’m very pleased our two seniors, Lauren and Jessica, were each able to win their flight championship matches this weekend, along with Jessica becoming the all-time leader in doubles wins in FSU women’s tennis history,” Coach Hyde added. “Her name will forever be in the record books, and I’m so proud she was able to accomplish that amazing feat in her career. I loved to see our senior leadership step up on this first weekend of competitive matches.
“It was also good for us to have a look at our two freshmen, Amy and Francesca, in a tournament setting. Francesca advanced to the final of her flight, but lost a tough three-setter to a seasoned opponent from Vanderbilt. Playing at the No. 3 position this weekend exposed her to high level tennis, and it was great to see her do so well.”
Flight two featured junior Katie Rybakova battling for fifth place against Lauren Kline of Furman where the Seminole came out on top with a 6-4, 6-1 victory.
“After a tough loss in her first singles match, Katie did a great job bouncing back to win both of her singles matches to follow,” Coach Hyde said. “Noemie also competed at a very high level this weekend as well, losing two very close three-set matches against the No. 1 and No. 9 players in the nation, both of which she had opportunities to win.”
Next up for Florida State will be the Riviera All-American Championships held in Malibu, Calif., beginning October 3rd.
“We have four players heading out to the Riviera All-American Championships next weekend, and the matches we played this weekend will be of a huge benefit for us,” Coach Hyde said. “We have our eyes on some things we need to work on, and we look forward to our next test ahead.”
#9 Josipa Bek (CU) def. #24 Noemie Scharle 7-6, 1-6, 7-6
#28 Katie Rybakova def. Lauren Kline (FU) 6-4, 6-1
Chelsea Preeg (VU) def. Francesca Segarelli 7-6, 2-6, 6-3
Lauren McCreless (Macfarlane) def. Kata Szekely (UT) 6-3, 6-1
Rosalia Alda (UT) def. Amy Sargeant 6-2, 6-3
Nelly Golkowski (CU) def. #82 Federica Suess 6-1, 6-2
Jessica Sucupira (Wente) def. Elena Chernyakova (NWU) 6-2, 6-2