March 9, 2008
Tallahassee, Fla.- The clear blue skies above failed to set the tone for the No. 12 Florida State (11-2, 1-1) tennis squad as the team came up short against No. 42 Clemson (5-7, 1-1). The 5-2 loss ended the Seminoles’16-match win home winning streak and gave the Tigers their seventh-straight win over FSU.
“Credit to Clemson, they didn’t give us a lot of wiggle room today,” said head coach Jennifer Hyde. “They played very aggressive and steady. It was a big wake up call that we really needed.”
Florida State started the day slow in doubles, winning just one of three matches. Sophomores Jessica Wente and Lauren Macfarlane picked up their 10th doubles victory of the season with an 8-5 defeat of the Tigers’ Alexandra Luc and Ina Hadziselimovic. For a moment it seemed the sophomores’ win would push freshman Katie Rybakova and senior Carolin Walter to come back and win the doubles point for FSU, but the duo couldn’t make up the deficit and finished the match behind 4-8.
In singles play, No. 74-ranked Macfarlane and No. 104-ranked Walter both came out strong, leading the charge for the Seminoles who needed to post four singles victories to win the match. On court two, Macfarlane rallied back from a 3-5 deficit against Clemson’s Estefania Balda to win the first set in a tiebreaker, giving her the motivation to power past Balda in the second set as well for a final score of 7-6(5), 6-2. On court three, Walter also held on to win 6-4, 6-1 over No. 82 Federica van Adrichem, giving the senior her first win over a ranked opponent this season.
“We had a few people really, really show up today and the rest of the people just struggled a little bit getting our teeth into some matches,” said Hyde. “When you have a team that’s playing steady and a team that isn’t completely dialed in, it’s going to be a tough result at the end of the day.”
While Rybakova, ranked No. 31 in the country, tried to get the Seminoles back on track against No. 3 Ani Majacika on court one, it came down to senior Tapiwa Marobela to keep the Seminoles alive on court five against Clemson’s Ina Hadziselimovic. Though Marobela took an early lead, she couldn’t hold on as she lost 6-2, 6-3 giving the Tigers their first conference victory of the year.
Rybakova stole a few big points from Tigers’ top-five star, but in the end couldn’t come down with the victory, losing 6-3, 7-5.
“I think everyone learned a lot from today’s match and that’s just something we have to continue to do,” said Hyde. ” But sometimes you can take a lot more from a loss than you can a win.”
The Seminoles won’t have much time to recover from their first home loss of the season as they embark on a program-first trip to Las Vegas this week to face No. 39 UNLV on Wednesday at 4:00 pm EST.
Clemson 5, Florida State 2
#1 – Mijacika/Salge (CU) def. Marobela/Rynarzewska (FSU) 8-2
#2 – van Adrichem/Balda (CU) def. Walter/Rybakova (FSU) 8-4
#3 – Macfarlane/Wente (FSU) def. Luc/Hadziselimovic (CU) 8-5
Order of finish: 1, 3, 2
#1 – No. 3 Ani Majicika (CU) def. No. 31 Katie Rybakova (FSU) 6-3, 7-5
#2 – No. 74 Lauren Macfarlane (FSU) def. Estefania Balda (CU) 7-6(5), 6-4
#3 – No. 104 Carolin Walter (FSU) def. No. 82 Federica van Adrichem (CU) 6-4, 6-1
#4 – Carol Salge (CU) def. Jessica Wente (FSU) 6-4, 6-1
#5 – Ina Hadziselimovic (CU) def. Tapiwa Marobela (FSU) 6-2, 6-3
#6 – Alexandra Luc (CU) def. Federica Suess (FSU) 6-0, 7-5
Order of finish: 6, 3, 4, 5, 1, 2