March 28, 2010
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Despite weather conditions that pushed singles to be played first, the No. 17 Florida State women’s tennis team (8-7, 2-2) earned its second-consecutive Atlantic Coast Conference victory Sunday as it trumped Virginia Tech, 6-1, at the Scott Speicher Tennis Center. With both seniors extending their winning streaks today, FSU’s career singles wins leader is still a three-way tie between Lauren McCreless, Jessica Sucupira and former ‘Nole Ali Weber.
“The girls did a great job this weekend,” FSU Head Coach Jennifer Hyde said. “We knew Virginia and Virginia Tech were both going to come in and compete hard which they did. However, our girls did a better job of getting it done so there is definitely some confidence to be taken from this weekend.”
No. 27 McCreless kicked-off the match on a high note for FSU as the senior overpowered Martha Blakely 6-1, 6-1 on court one to win the squads first match point. McCreless now holds a 10-7 singles record.
Next up was Amy Sargeant on court six as she defeated Holly Johnson 6-3, 6-2 to earn the second point for Florida State and shift her singles record to 4-10.
Federica Suess scored the squad’s third point in her 6-3, 6-2 victory over Courtney Rauscher on court five. The junior bettered her singles record to 10-8.
Securing the triumph for the Garnet and Gold and improving her singles record to 12-5 was Sucupira as she surpassed Emily Lauten 6-1, 6-1 on court four.
As Virginia Tech earned its first match point on court two, No. 104 Katie Rybakova was fighting back on court three. Although the ‘Nole dominated the first set 6-1 against Shannon Betts, the Hokie responded by taking the second set 6-3. The third set saw Rybakova striking back to win the match with a 6-3 mark.
With the sun appearing in the latter half of singles, both teams pushed through to play doubles in which FSU governed the courts again to take the last match point with wins on all three courts.
“We earned two doubles points this weekend,” Coach Hyde said. “We’ve been very hot and cold in regards to doubles, but we’ve mixed our lineup quite a bit. I think we have found some partnerships that are working a bit better. We are trying to find the best lineup that will increase the likelihood of us getting the doubles point.”
McCreless continued her momentum as she teamed up with Francesca Segarelli to down Yazmin Hazman and Johnson 8-5 to win the first match.
Clinching the doubles point was the dynamic duo of Suess and Sucupira on court two as the Seminoles defeated Blakely and Lauten 8-4.
Closing out the day was Sargeant and Rybakova on court three as both ‘Noles were pushed into a tiebreaker by Betts and Rauscher, but successfully finished the match with a 9-8 victory.
“Anytime you get a couple wins under your belt and on top of that a strong showing in doubles and singles, it’s going to give you a lot of confidence,” Coach Hyde said. “We need to take that into next weekend. We are going up against two very tough opponents on the road.”
The Seminoles will hit the road again to face two more nationally-ranked conference foes in No. 62 Wake Forest Friday, April 2 at 3:30 p.m. and No. 26 NC State on Saturday at 1 p.m.
Singles: 1, 6, 5, 4*, 2, 3
1. No. 27 Lauren McCreless def. Martha Blakely 6-1, 6-1
2. Yazmin Hazman def. Francesca Segarelli 7-6(4), 6-1
3. No. 104 Katie Rybakova def. Shannon Betts 6-1, 3-6, 6-3
4. Jessica Sucupira def. Emily Lauten 6-1, 6-1
5. Federica Suess def. Courtney Rauscher 6-3, 6-2
6. Amy Sargeant def. Holly Johnson 6-3, 6-2
Doubles: 1, 2*, 3
1. McCreless/Segarelli def. Hazman/Johnson 8-5
2. Suess/Sucupira def. Blakely/Lauten 8-4
3. Sargeant/Rybakova Betts/Rauscher 9-8