Jan. 28, 2012
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The No. 18 Florida State women’s tennis team beat the No.56 Ohio State Buckeyes today, 5-2 in the first round of the ITA-Kickoff Weekend/Indoor Regional Championships at the Scott Speicher Tennis Center.
“Today was a good day,” Head Coach Jennifer Hyde said. “We competed very hard out there. Our team has a passion of competition and sometimes you just can’t coach that, either you have it or you don’t and lucky for us, we’ve got it.”
The Seminoles stole the doubles point as juniors Amy Sargeant and Carolina De los Santos defeated Kara Cecil and Kelsey Dieters, 8-5 in the first position, but battling out for the overall point was the epic match on court two. Sophomore Ruth Seaborne and junior Francesca Segarelli outlasted Kelsey Haviland and Noelle Malley 9-7. Seaborne and Segarelli were down 6-5 and won the next two games to go up 7-6 before surrendering the lead to make it seven all. For the eighth point, Segarelli and Seaborne fought out deuce six times before taking the point, making it 8-7. They would cap off their match 9-7, securing the overall point for the Seminoles.
Using the momentum from doubles, De Los Santos rolled into her match in the fifth position, as she defeated Dieters, 6-2, 6-1.
“Caro just stepped up and took care of business,” Hyde added. “She’s finding her stride in singles right now and she’s really showing the things we’ve worked on in practice.”
After being down 5-2 in the first set, Sargeant stormed back and took the next 11 games as she defeated Malley 7-5, 6-0 from the sixth spot in her first singles match of the season.
“It just goes to show how much desire she has to be out there.” Hyde said. “I know she was excited to get back on court and into the line-up and I’m proud of her effort.”
In the first position, Segarelli gave the Seminoles their fourth point as she rallied to defeat Haviland 7-5, 6-2.
Freshman Leyla Erkan played on the number four court and went on to defeat Steele, 6-2, 6-3.
“I’m proud of Leyla for settling in during her match.” Hyde stated. “As a freshman, she played with a lot of confidence and a lot of poise and competed extremely hard out there.”
The Seminoles will face No.37 Ole Miss tomorrow at 2 p.m. at the Scott Speicher Tennis Center. Before Florida State took the court, the Rebels defeated No.29 Texas A&M in an absolute battle, 4-3. Ole Miss holds a 6-2 advantage over the Noles in the all-time series. The winner of tomorrow’s match will head to Charlottesville, Va. for the ITA National Indoor Championships on Feb.10-13, which will consist of the top 16 teams in the country.
“We’re in a position to qualify for just the second time in school history.” Hyde said. “It’s an opportunity to knock things off our goal list. They’ll be ready and we’ll go out there tomorrow against Ole Miss and see what we can do.”
Prior to the match tomorrow, Ohio State will face Texas A&M at 10 a.m. Times and locations of matches are subject to change. Check back to Seminoles.com and Twitter (FSU_Wtennis) for more information. 645-GAME is the weather hotline for Florida State Athletics and can be used to check-in for weather updates.
1. De Los Santos/Sargaent def. Cecil/Dieters : 8-5 (Court 1)
2. Segarelli/Seaborne def. Haviland/Malley: 9-7(Court 2)
3. Manashirova/Steele def. Erkan/Simmons : 4-8 (Court 3)
Order of finish: 3,1,2
1. Segarelli def. Haviland :7-5, 6-2 (Court 1)
2. Steele ret. Seaborne: 3-6, 6-3, 1-3 ret.(Court 2)
3. Manashirova ret. Scharle: 6-2, 2-6, 1-1 ret.(Court 3)
4. Erkan def. Steele: 6-2, 6-3 (Court 4)
5. De Los Santos def. Dieters: 6-2, 6-1 (Court 5)
6. Sargeant def. Malley: 7-5, 6-0(Court 6)
Order of finish: 5,6,1,3,4,2