April 20, 2006
CARY, N.C. – The No. 10-seeded Florida State women’s tennis team saw its ACC Title hopes come to an end Thursday as the Seminoles fell 4-1 to seventh-seeded Wake Forest in the opening round of the 2006 ACC Women’s Tennis Championship at the Cary Tennis Center. The Seminoles dropped to 9-13 overall while the Demon Deacons improved to 13-8.
FSU came out strong and captured the doubles point with victories at Nos. 2 and 3. First the freshmen pair of Ania Rynarzewska and Suzanna Mansour overpowered Ashlee Davis and Ana Jerman, 8-3, and the Tapiwa Marobela-Alina Mihailescu duo followed suit with a 9-7 win at No. 3.
“This was our best doubles performances of the year at Nos. 2 and 3,” FSU head coach Jennifer Hyde said. “It was great for Alina [Mihailescu] to finish up her career really strong. This has been the best I have seen her play in doubles since I started coaching here.”
Wake Forest stormed back in singles and recorded victories at Nos. 1, 3, 4 and 5. First, the Deacons’ Jerman upended junior Nicola Slater 6-0, 6-3 in the third slot and Wake’s Christian Tara upended Marobela by scores of 6-1, 6-1 at No. 4. Wake Forest grabbed its final two wins at courts one and five as Alex Hirsch defeated Rynarzewska 6-3, 6-4, and Sierra Poske registered a 6-4, 6-2 victory over Mansour in the fifth position for the team win.
“It’s been a long season with the injuries and other things we couldn’t control,” Hyde said. “But I cannot say enough about the character and heart of this team. Everyone competed hard all season long and I can honestly say we had a blast together this season and that shows a lot about their character. When we got knocked down, they’d get right back up. I am extremely proud of our team and I just adore each and every one of them. As a coach, you couldn’t ask for more. We have the intangibles intact and next year we’ll have the numbers. Again, I cannot express and describe what a joy it has been to work with these girls this season.”
No. 7 Wake Forest vs. No. 12 Florida State
Hirsch/Poske (WF) def. Slater/Eber (FSU), 8-1
Rynzarzewska/Mansour (FSU) def Davis/Jerman (WF), 8-3
Marobela/Mihailescu (FSU) def. Tara Simpson (WF), 9-7
Order of Finish: 1,2,3
Alex Hirsch (WF) def. Ania Rynzarzewska (FSU), 6-3, 6-4
Ashlee Davis (WF) DNF
Alena Mihailescu (FSU)
Ana Jerman (WF) def. Nicola Slater (FSU), 6-0, 6-3
Christian Tara (WF) def Tapiwa Marobela (FSU), 6-1, 6-1
Sierra Poske (WF) def. Suzanna Mansour (FSU), 6-4, 6-2
Christine Simpson (WF) DNF
Whitney Eber (FSU)
Order of Finish: