Feb. 13, 2010
MADISON, Wis. – The No. 20 Florida State women’s tennis team (3-4) suffered its second loss at the ITA Indoor Championships to No. 10 Georgia, 6-1, Saturday, February 13. The Seminoles still have the chance to win one match at Indoors as they take the courts to face No. 13 Tennessee at the Nielsen Tennis Stadium Sunday morning at 10 a.m. (EST).
“We started off really well,” FSU Head Coach Jennifer Hyde said. “Lauren and Francesca definitely put themselves in a position to win their matches. I think at the end of the matches you could see a little of the belief dwindle. You could see Georgia felt like they were going to win, and I think we were a bit hesitant knowing that. That’s the big difference between us getting over that hurdle in those two spots especially.”
The Bulldogs kicked off the match strong by posting three wins in doubles to secure the 1-0 lead into singles.
Although a pair of `Noles were able to win first sets in singles, FSU was unable to withstand the Bulldog’s force with all but one `Nole falling.
As freshman Amy Sargeant fell on court five to give Georgia its second match point, both No. 23 Lauren McCreless and No. 62 Francesca Segarelli seemed to be taking care of business with both `Noles dominating their first sets.
Unfortunately that wouldn’t be the case for the other two sets as No. 14 Chelsea Gullickson would be too much for McCreless on court one as she fell 6-7(2), 6-3, 6-2, while Segarelli was also unsuccessful on court three as Yvette Hyndman fought back to win the match 2-6, 7-5, 6-2 to earn Georgia’s fourth point.
Court six saw FSU winning a point as senior Jessica Sucupira’s opponent, Lara Fakhoury, pulled out of the match due to injuries.
Despite winning in yesterday’s match, Rybakova was not able to continue the momentum as she fell 6-4, 6-3 to No. 57 Nadja Gilchrist.
Closing out the day for the Garnet and Gold was Suess as the `Nole fell to Naoko Ueshima 6-2, 6-3 to give Georgia its sixth point.
“We need to get over that top 10, top 20 monkey off our back,” Coach Hyde added. “It’s a process. We are going to keep our heads down and we are going to get ready for our match against Tennessee. We have to bounce back with a lot of courage, a lot of gut, a lot of belief and a lot of faith when we get on the court.”
Sunday’s match will feature two Vols ranked in singles with No. 6 Cailtin Whoriskey and No. 51 Maria Sorbello and doubles threat No. 1 Whoriskey and Natalie Pluskota. Both FSU and Tennessee are tied 3-3 in the all-time series record with the last meeting being in 1995.
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Doubles: 1, 2*, 3
1. Gullickson/Gilchrist (Ga.) def. McCreless/Segarelli 8-3
2. Hyndman/ Ellis (Ga.) def. Suess/Rybakova 8-4
3. Ueshima/ Fakhoury (Ga.) def. Sargeant/Sucupira 8-2
Singles: 5, 1, 3*, 6, 2, 4
1. No. 14 C. Gullickson def. No. 23 Lauren McCreless 6-7 (2), 6-3, 6-2
2. No. 57 N. Gilchrist def. Katie Rybakova 6-4, 6-3
3. Y. Hyndman def. No. 62 Francesca Segarelli 2-6, 7-5, 6-2
4. N. Ueshima def. Federica Suess 6-2, 6-3
5. Cameron Ellis def. No. 115 Amy Sargeant 6-3, 6-2
6. Jessica Sucupira vs. Lara Fakhoury (DF)