March 11, 2001
TALLAHASSEE, FL.–The Florida State women’s tennis team almost pulled off an upset today when they took on the 11th ranked Pepperdine University in Malibu, California. However, winning three out of six singles matches was not enough for the Seminoles, as they fall 3-4 to the Wave.
Pepperdine put the pressure on the visiting Seminoles by capturing the important doubles point by the smallest possible margin. The No. 2 ranked doubles team in the nation, Paola Palencia and Ipek Senoglu, clinched the point for the Wave by defeating FSU’s Jessica Balbuena and Samantha Schoeffel in a tie-breaker at the No.1 position.
Both Schoeffel and Balbuena rebounded in singles play, winning their matches in straight sets at the No. 4 and 5 position respectively. Christina Denny also recorded a win for the Noles at No. 2, but Pepperdine came out on top in the other singles matches and thereby avoided the upset. The loss puts FSU at 6-6 for the season while the Wave improves to 7-6.
The next match for the Seminoles is scheduled for Monday March 12th when they visit Loyola Marymount University at 1:30 p.m.
#11 Pepperdine 4
# 40 Florida State 3
No. 1 Ipek Senoglu (PU) d. Alida Gallovits (FSU) 6-3, 6-3
No. 2 Christina Denny (FSU0 d. Paola Palencia (PU) 6-4, 6-1
No. 3 Cintia Tortorella (PU) d. Nanette Duxin (FSU) 7-6, 6-2
No. 4 Samantha Schoeffel (FSU) d. Charlotte Vernaz (PU) 6-1, 6-1
No. 5 Jessica Balbuena (FSU) d. Anh Nguyen (PU) 7-5, 7-6
No. 6 Maren Mueller (PU) d. Natalie Carratala’ (FSU) 6-2, 6-2
No. 1 Palencia/Senoglu (PU) d. Balbuena/Schoeffel (FSU) 9-7
No. 2 Duxin/Gallovits (FSU) d. Mueller/ Tortorella (PU) 8-4
No. 3 Nguyen/Vernaz (PU) d. Denny/Raic (FSU) 8-4