Nov. 6, 2009
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida State women’s tennis team opened the first day of the Seminole Invitational Friday morning with an impressive showing from a doubles team that will play in the flight championship Saturday morning at the Scott Speicher Tennis Center. The second day of the tournament will open at 9:00 a.m. with the final round of doubles and the second round of singles.
“Lauren and Francesca have had a lot of opportunities to play together this fall and they have really meshed together,” FSU Head Coach Jennifer Hyde said. “They are one of the stronger partnerships that we have. We had a couple good wins today, especially against Miami. I am sure they are very determined to finish this tournament off right.”
The `Noles opened up the tournament in doubles play and posted an impressive 3-1 record as a unit. Freshmen Francesca Segarelli and senior Lauren McCreless (Macfarlane), seeded first in the garnet bracket, crushed Kline and Stanford of Furman 8-0 to advance to the semifinals. The twosome then overpowered Miami’s Bartenstein and Eichkorn 8-4. Next up for the Seminoles will be to battle USF’s Rehberger and Koning on Saturday at 9:00 a.m. in the flight championship.
“It was a good day in singles today,” Coach Hyde added. “Everyone came out ready to play. It is definitely better to play at home and I think everyone took advantage of that today. We’ve got two more singles matches this weekend and it is just a matter of making sure that whatever happens on Sunday we are a better team than we are today.”
As the only other doubles team to compete in the tournament, junior Federica Suess and senior Jessica Sucupira won their first match over Mississippi State’s Makarychevea and Terpko 8-5 to move on to the semifinal. The duo then matched up to Vasenina and Mueller of USF, but fell 8-4 and will now play for third place against Furman’s Arguello and Betts Saturday at 9:00 a.m.
Opening singles play for FSU was Sucupira in the black bracket as she dominated her match against Memphis’ Ondeck 6-0, 6-1. Sucupira will now play Bauregger of Denver in the semifinals on Saturday and 10:15 a.m.
Also advancing past the first round of singles was Segarelli in the garnet bracket as she upset No. 64 Arguello of Furman 6-2, 6-3. The newcomer faces No. 21 Eichkorn of Miami at 10:15 a.m. on Saturday in the semifinal.
Closing out the day for FSU was McCreless (Macfarlane) rolling past Collins of Memphis 6-3, 6-3. The Seminole will play No. 50 Rehberger of USF at 10:15 a.m. on Saturday.
Earning a bye and moving on automatically into the semifinal of the silver bracket was Suess. The `Nole will match up against Furman’s Bett’s at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday.
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