Feb. 26, 2012
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The No. 22 Florida State Tennis Team lost to No.14 Miami today at the Indoor Tennis Facility, 5-2 falling to 5-3, 0-1 on the season.
“Even though we fell short today, the team definitely did a better job competing versus our effort on Friday,” Head Coach Jennifer Hyde said. “Today we lacked in execution in some areas, which is something that can be worked on and improved.”
Miami would earn the doubles point, taking two of the three matches. Freshman Leyla Erkan and Ruth Seaborne fell to Gaby Mejia and Lina Lileikite, 8-3 on court three.
After falling behind 6-2, junior Amy Sargeant and freshman Mia Vriens battled back to tie their match on court one, 6-6, with juniors Carolina De los Santos and Francesca Segarelli ahead in their match 4-3 on court two. But, Miami’s Melissa Bolivar and Liat Zimmermann would hold on to defeat Sargeant and Vriens, 8-6 securing the point for the Hurricanes as De Los Santos and Segarelli would outlast Brittany Dubins and Anna Bartenstien, 8-6.
In singles, Segarelli fell to No.7 Bartenstein 6-1, 6-1 on court one, putting Miami ahead 2-0.
Sargeant would make a statement on her court, as she went on to defeat Dubins at number six, 6-2, 6-2 pulling the Seminoles to within one at 2-1.
Erkan bounced back in the second set after falling in the first, but couldn’t force a third set as she lost to Mejia, 6-0, 6-4 on court two.
Minutes later, Bolivar took the match against De Los Santos 6-4, 6-4 on court four, giving the Hurricanes two quick points and the match.
Vriens forced a third tiebreak points set, but could hold on as she fell to Lileikite, 8-6,5-7, 12-10 on court three.
Seaborne would finish out the match for the Seminoles by adding a point on court five as she overcame Zimmermann in three sets, 2-6, 6-3, 6-4 making the final score 5-2.
“There’s no doubt that our best tennis is ahead of us,” Hyde said. “We are still in the process of getting better. We need to start coming out with a ‘never die’ attitude at the start of matches. We have to be better at staying in points longer and executing after we set the points up. We are slowly getting there, but there is plenty of work ahead. ”
The Seminoles will hit the road this week as they travel to Gainesville, Fla. to face No. 2 Florida at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 29. Check back to Seminoles.com and Twitter (FSU_WTennis) for more information.
1. Bolivar/Zimmermann def. Vriens/Sargeant: 8-6
2. De Los Santos/ Segarelli def. Bartenstein/Dubins: 8-6
3. Lileikite/Mejia def. Seaborne/Erkan: 8-3
Order of finish: 3,1,2
1. Bartenstein def. Segarelli: 6-1,6-1
2. Mejia def. Erkan: 6-0, 6-4
3. Lileikite def. Vriens: 8-6,5-7,12-10
4. Bolivar def. De Los Santos: 6-4, 6-4
5. Seaborne def. Zimmermann: 2-6, 6-3, 6-4
6. Sargeant def. Dubins: 6-3, 6-2
Order of finish:1,6,2,4,3,5