Jan. 17, 2008
Honolulu, Hawaii – Just over twenty-four hours after arriving in Hawaii, the Florida State women’s tennis team put jet lag behind them in order to dominate day one at the Hawaii Invitational. The Seminoles swept doubles, winning all four matches, and finished the day 3-3 for singles play.
On the doubles courts, sophomores Lauren Macfarlane and Jessica Wente had a dominant 8-3 doubles win over Martinez/Valenzuela of No. 56-ranked Sacramento State. Florida State’s other three pairs matched veterans and freshmen with impressive results. Freshman Bonny Davidson made her collegiate debut partnered with senior Tapiwa Marobela for an 8-3 victory over Torarczyk/Martinez of Kansas. Fellow senior Carolin Walter combined with freshman standout Katie Rybakova for a hard-fought, 8-6 triumph over the Welcher/Bigos pairing from regional rival Alabama.
In singles competition, freshman Federica Seuss overpowered Aileen Tsan of Sacramento State 7-5, 6-1 while Wente doused regional rival Andrea Brenes of Alabama 6-2, 6-3. Veteran Walter defeated Elizaveta Avdeeva of Kansas 6-2, 6-3 and junior Ania Rynarzewska gave Florida State its fourth singles victory with a win over Edina Horvath of Kansas 6-3, 6-0.
Competition will continue today at 4:00 pm Hawaii time in day two of the Hawaii Invitational. The Seminoles will open the home season at Scott Speicher Tennis Center in just nine days against Jacksonville University at 1:00 pm EST.
Seuss/Rynarzewska (FSU) def. Goff/Gorham (Kansas), 8-1
Walter/Rybakova (FSU) def. Welcher/Bigos (Alabama), 8-6
Macfarlane/Wente (FSU) def. J. Martinez/Valenzuela (Sac. State), 8-3
Marobela/Davidson (FSU) def. Torarczyk/M. Martinez (Kansas), 8-3
Kobuch (UH) def. Rybakova (FSU), 6-4, 0-6, 6-1
Walter (FSU) def. Avdeeva (Kansas), 6-2, 6-3
Zheltova (Sac. State) def. Macfarlane (FSU), 7-6(2), 6-7(4), 6-2
Welcher (Alabama) def. Marobela (FSU), 6-4, 6-4
Rynarzewska (FSU) def. Horvath (Kansas), 6-3, 6-0
Seuss (FSU) def. Tsan (Sac. State), 7-5, 6-1
Wente (FSU) def. Brenes (Alabama), 6-2, 6-3