March 7, 2010
CLEMSON, SC-The Florida State women’s tennis team (5-6, 0-1) suffered its second consecutive loss today to No. 10 Clemson, 5-2, in its Atlantic Coast Conference season opener on the road. The Tigers improved their all-time series record against the `Noles to 18-8 with its ninth-straight win Sunday afternoon at the Sloan Tennis Center.
The Tigers built the momentum early by posting two doubles wins to take the lead into singles.
Court three saw seniors Lauren McCreless and Jessica Sucupira teaming up to post a victory over Estefania Balda and Caroline Magnusson 8-2.
Despite two wins from McCreless and Sucupira in singles, FSU was unable to withstand the Tiger force that won three straight matches on court six, three and four to clinch the match.
Sucupira battled on court five to put Florida State on the board with a victory over Laurianne Henry 6-2, 6-4. The win is Sucupira’s seventh conquest in the last eight matches.
Posting FSU’s second match point was McCreless on court one with her upset of No. 24 Josipa Bek. The senior kicked off her tough match by winning the first set in a 7-6 (3) tiebreaker and went on to rule the court with a 6-2 triumph in the second set. As the highest ranked player McCreless has trumped this season, the senior improves her singles record to 7-6.
Up next for the Seminoles will be No. 35 Pepperdine in Malibu, California on Wednesday, March 10, at 11 a.m. (PST).
The Waves will bring in just one player nationally ranked in singles with No. 81 Arianna Colffer.
The `Noles will face the Waves for just the second time in program history. The last time both programs played each other was in 2001 under former head coach Lisa Gregory in which Pepperdine rolled past FSU 4-3 in Malibu.
Doubles: 1, 3, 2
1. No. 14 Bek/Hadziselimovic def. Rybakova/Suess 8-1
2. Wong/Henry def. Segarelli/Sargeant 8-5
3. McCreless/ Sucupira def. Balda/Magnusson 8-2
Singles: 6, 3, 4, 5, 2, 1
1. No. 46 Lauren McCreless def. No. 24 Josipa Bek 7-6 (3), 6-2
2. No. 58 Keri Wong Francesca Segarelli 6-4, 6-4
3. Ina Hadziselimovic def. No. 115 Katie Rybakova 6-3, 6-1
4. No. 68 Nelly Ciolkowski def. Amy Sargeant 6-2, 6-4
5. Jessica Sucupira def. Laurianne Henry 6-0, 6-3
6. Estefania Balda def. Federica Suess 6-1, 6-1