Feb. 16, 2006
GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Playing without its top singles player and the 18th-ranked player in the country, Carolin Walter (Bingen, Germany), the Florida State women’s tennis dropped a 7-0 decision to No. 2 Florida Wednesday evening at Linder Stadium at Ring Tennis Complex. The Seminoles fell to 4-1 on the season while the Gators improved to 5-0.
Without Walter, the Seminoles were forced to rearrange the doubles lineup and therefore suffered setbacks on all three courts. At court one, the Tapiwa Marobela (Gaborone, Botswana) and Nicola Slater (Ayr, Scotland) duo fell 8-5 to Whitney Benik and Alexis Gordon. At the second position, Whitney Eber (Naples, Fla.) and Alina Mihailescu (Constanta, Romania) came up short to Lolita Frangulyan and Diana Srebrovic, 8-4. At No. 3 doubles, Florida’s Keri Robinson and Nina Suvak edged Suzanna Mansour (Greenacres, Fla.) and Ania Rynarzewska (Inowroclaw, Poland) 8-7 (7-4).
For the first time this season, the Seminoles dropped all six singles matches. The Gators’ Benik provided the clinching dual match victory over Slater at the No. 3 position, as she posted a 6-0, 6-0 victory. At No. 1 singles, Marobela recorded her first loss at the top spot this season, falling 6-2, 6-0 to Gordon.
Mansour registered her first defeat of the season at court No. 4 with a 6-1, 6-2 loss to Suvak. UF’s Srebrovic posted a 6-1, 6-2 victory over Rynarzewska at the No. 2 position. Srebrovic lost her serve to start the match, but settled down and won the next 10 games, serving out at love to take the match.
On court No. 6, Eber came up short 6-0, 6-4 to Liles. Liles found herself down a break at 3-1 in the second, but broke back in the sixth game and again in the eighth before breaking one final time in the last game to win the straight set decision.
After leading 3-0 and up two breaks at the start of the match, Mihailescu lost the next six games and dropped the first set 6-3 to Frangulyan at court No. 5. The pair traded serves to begin the second set, which was on-serve until Frangulyan broke in the seventh game and again in the final game to win 6-3.
The Seminoles will look to get back to their winning ways Saturday with a doubleheader against Georgia Southern (10 a.m.) and Troy (2 p.m.).