October 7, 2009 - by
FSU Shines In Doubles At Riviera/ITA All-American Championships

Oct. 7, 2009

Pacific Palisades, Calif. – The Florida State women’s tennis team shined at the Riviera/ITA All-American Championships Tuesday, October 6, by posting an impressive doubles win against a nationally-ranked opponent and needs just two more victories to advance to the main draw. The Seminoles will be back in action Wednesday, October 7, at the Riviera Tennis Club Courts.

FSU’s Lauren McCreless (Macfarlane) and Federica Suess opened the day in doubles facing No. 22 Taylor Ormond and Jelena Stanivuk of Baylor. After posting a notable 3-0 record in the prequalifying rounds last weekend, the Seminoles remained undefeated in their battle and upset the Bears 8-5 in the first round of the qualifying draw. The dynamic duo will hit the courts Wednesday to match up against Cal Poly’s Markhoff and Matzenauer who are ranked nationally at No. 30.

Although the twosome of Katie Rybakova and Noemie Scharle fell in the first round of the prequalifying draw, they will have a second chance to redeem themselves in the consolation doubles draw. The Seminoles will match up against No. 31 Anna Redecsi and Selma Salkovic of DePaul Wednesday at 1:00 p.m. (est.).

On the singles front, the Seminoles struggled and lost all three of their first round qualifying matches. Although two of Florida State’s players were seeded in the top five of the draw, the ‘Noles were unable fight back.

As the highest ranked Seminole in the national polls at No. 24, Scharle entered her first qualifying match as the No. 2 seed and set to play No. 75 Carolyn McVeigh of Stanford. In spite of pushing the match to three sets, Scharle fell 6-1, 2-6, 7-5. The sophomore was also not successful in the consolation draw as she lost to No. 120 Lutflana Budiharto of Wichita State 6-0, 6-0.

Seeded at number five in the draw, No. 28 Rybakova fell to No. 58 Denise Dy of Washington 6-1, 6-1. Rybakova then moved on to the consolation round where she fought back against No. 66 Anna Redecsi of DePaul and won 7-6 (6), 6-4. The junior now faces No. 97 McCall Jones of BYU on Wednesday at 4:45 p.m. (est.).

No. 82 Suess was the last ‘Nole to hit the courts in her match against No. 90 Kristina Nedeltcheva of UNLV and was upset 6-3, 6-1 to end the day. Suess then went on to the consolation draw where she lost to TCU’s Kayla Duncan 7-6 (3), 7-5.

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