April 22, 2010
CARY, NC– The No. 14 Florida State women’s tennis team (13-9) opened its first day of post-season play with a first round victory over Maryland 4-0 at the 2010 Atlantic Coast Conference Championship. The Seminoles will face No. 10 Duke for the second time this season in the second round of the tournament on Friday at 9 a.m. at the Cary Tennis Park.
“We started off a little slow in doubles today,” FSU head coach Jennifer Hyde said. “It took a little bit of time to get into the match, but in the end we came through and won the doubles point. In singles, after a game or two, a couple of spots did a good job of taking full control.”
For the 16th year, Florida State earned a second round spot as they crushed the Terrapins and improved the all-time series record against the ACC rival 15-3 since the first meeting in 1993.
The ‘Noles started the momentum early by earning the doubles point with wins on court three and two.
Posting the second doubles victory was Jessica Sucupira and Federica Suess on court two as they surpassed Burce Kurkan and Lexi Brand 8-5.
The Garnet and Gold continued to impress in singles with all the Seminoles winning their matches in two sets.
No. 25 Lauren McCreless scored FSU’s second point as the senior dominated Maggie MacKeever 6-1, 6-0 on court one.
Marking the Seminoles third point was Suess as the junior toppled Brand 6-4, 6-0 on court five.
Securing Florida State’s triumph by winning the fourth point was Sucupira on court six as the senior defeated Kurkan 6-0, 6-2.
FSU will be seeking revenge in their second match at the tournament as they take on the Blue Devils. Just last weekend Duke broke FSU’s six-match winning streak at the Ambler Stadium with a 4-0 victory in Durham. With the win, Duke improved the all-time series record against the ‘Noles to 25-2 since their first meeting in 1983.
“One thing that will be important for us tomorrow is to set the tone early in doubles,” Coach Hyde said. “We have to take command and not sit back on our heels and wait for things to happen. I think a quick start will be crucial for us to have a successful match. They are a good team, but it’s time for us to start stepping up with these big opportunities on our shoulders.”
Duke will enter the match with three players ranked in the ITA Singles Poll including No. 35 Reka Zsilinszka, No. 38 Ellah Nze, No. 72 Elizabeth Plotkin, while having three doubles pairs ranked in No. 38 Amanda Granson and Nze, No. 53 Monica Gorny and Mary Clayton and No. 81 Plotkin and Zsilinszka.
If successful, this would be just the fourth time, third consecutive, semifinal appearance at the tournament for Florida State.
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DOUBLES: 3, 2*
1. McCreless/Segarelli def. Miller/MacKeever DNF
2. Suess/Sucupira def. Kurkan/Brand 8-5
3. Sargeant/Rybakova def. Hansbrough/ Huschke 8-3
SINGLES: 1, 5, 6*
1. No. 25 Lauren McCreless def. Maggie MacKeever 6-1, 6-0
2. Katie Rybakova vs. Lisa Miller DNF
3. No. 101 Francesca Segarelli def. Julia Huschke
4. Amy Sargeant vs. Jordan Hansbrough DNF
5. Federica Suess def. Lexi Brand 6-4, 6-0
6. Jessica Sucupira def. Burce Kurkan 6-0, 6-2