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FSU’s Suess Advances To

Oct. 22, 2007

Athens, Ga. – Freshman Federica Suess continued to prove herself worthy of a top seed in the singles “B” draw by defeating Alabama’s Andrea Brenes 6-2, 6-3 to advance to the tournament’s final round. Fellow Florida State newcomer Katie Rybakova also made a powerful run at the “A” draw finals, falling in three sets to Georgia Tech’s No. 1-seeded Kristi Miller.

“Federica is really on a mission in this tournament and she’s not going to be satisfied with anything less than winning,” said head coach Jennifer Hyde. “In fact both of these freshman have an expectation of winning and I love that about them. Katie put herself in a position to win today against a very established, dominant player. She played an unbelievable match against the best player in our region.”

Rybakova dropped the first set to Miller 5-7, but came back to take the second match 6-4. In the third set, Rybakova jumped to an early 5-0 lead, but the No. 5 player in the country battled back for a 7-6 victory.

In doubles action, Suess and junior Ania Rynarzewska advanced over van de Stroet and Kirevea of Ole Miss 8-3. The pair will take on the host school’s own Elsberry and Ueshima tomorrow morning in the semi-finals.

Singles consolation play was cancelled due to bad weather.

Following the conclusion of regionals tomorrow, Florida State will return to Tallahassee and begin preparations for the home-hosted FSU Invitational Nov. 2-4 at the Scott Speicher Tennis Center.

Day One Results:
“A” Draw Singles
Romy Farah (UM) def. Jessica Wente (FSU) 6-1, 6-0
Katie Rybakova (FSU) def. Whitney McCray (GT) 7-5, 6-4
Katie Rybakova (FSU) def. Lena Willi (JU) 6-2, 6-1
Bianca Eichkorn (UM) def. Tapiwa Marobela (FSU) 6-4, 6-3
Amanda McDowell (GT) def. Carolin Walter (FSU) 6-4, 6-1
Maya Johansson (GT) def. Ania Rynarzewska (FSU) 6-2, 6-3
“B” Draw Singles
Federica Suess (FSU) def. Anna Leonenko (Stet) 6-0, 6-4

Day Two Results:
“A” Draw Singles
Katie Rybakova (FSU) def. Whitney Benik (UF) 6-3, 6-1
“B” Draw Singles
Federica Suess (FSU) def. Jenny Frisell (UCF) 6-1, 6-4
“A” Draw Doubles
Wente/Rybakova (FSU) def. Welcher/Emery (UA) 8-6
Wente/Rybakova (FSU) def. Chappell/Beelen (AU) 8-6
Walter/Marobela (FSU) def. Marami/Dessbesell (JSt) 8-3
Alexander/Frangulyan (UF) def. Walter Marobela (FSU) 8-5
“B” Draw Doubles
Rynarzewska/Suess (FSU) def. Frisell/Carati (UCF) 8-4
Singles Consolation
Liz Cruz (USF) def. Jessica Wente (FSU) 6-3, ret.
Tapiwa Marobela (FSU) def. Monika Dancevic (UGA) 6-4, 3-6, 1-0(2)
Carolin Walter (FSU) def. Merritt Emery (UA) 6-0, 6-2
Ania Rynarzewska (FSU) def. Whitney Chappell (AU) 6-2, 6-4

Day Three Results:
“A” Draw Singles
Kristi Miller (GT) def. Katie Rybakova (FSU) 5-7, 6-4, 7-6(5)
“B” Draw Singles
Federica Suess (FSU) def. Andrea Brenes 6-2, 6-3
“A” Draw Doubles
McCray/Miller (GT) def. Rybakova/Wente 6-1, ret.
“B” Draw Doubles
Rynarzewska/Suess (FSU) def. van de Stroet/Kirevea (Miss) 8-3


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