October 7, 2009 - by
FSU Wraps Up Riviera/ ITA All-American Championships

Oct. 7, 2009

Pacific Palisades, Calif. – The Florida State women’s tennis team will head home after an exciting trip to Riviera/ITA All-American Championships that ended with a doubles team posting a notable 4-1 record.

Senior Lauren McCreless (Macfarlane) and junior Federica Suess opened the day in the second round of the qualifying doubles draw matching up against No. 30 Markhoff and Matzenauer of Cal Poly. Although the dynamic duo had gone undefeated up to this point, the twosome fell 8-2 to end their winning streak.

“Fede and Lauren did a great job working their way through the prequalifying doubles championships,” FSU head coach Jennifer Hyde said. “They had a very solid four-match win streak at this event which is not an easy thing to do considering the level of competition they faced in each match. I know they both gained tremendous experience while they were out here, and I know they will take what they learned back to Tallahassee with them. They are better because of this experience.”

Junior Katie Rybakova and sophomore Noemie Scharle also fell in their consolation match against No. 31 Redecsi and Salkovic of DePaul 8-4.

As the only Seminole left in the singles draw, No. 28 Rybakova hit the courts to face No. 97 McCall Jones of BYU in the second round of the consolation draw, but was unable to withstand the force and fell 7-5, 7-5.

“Katie came across a tough opponent today,” Coach Hyde said. “I’m not sure I’ve ever seen two girls hit the ball as hard as both of these girls did today, and the level of tennis at times was very high. The difference in Katie’s match today was missed opportunities and not executing on the big points. She had opportunities to win both sets, and it’s frustrating for her to be so close but not come through in those situations. She struck the ball as well as she has all semester though, and I hope she can take some of that confidence into our next fall event.”

Next up for the Garnet and Gold is the team’s first home fall tournament in the Seminole Quad Tournament beginning Friday, October 16 – 18th.

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