Feb. 23, 2010
GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The No. 15 Florida State women’s tennis (5-5) suffered its fifth loss of the season to No. 9 Florida, 7-0, Tuesday night at the Linder Stadium on the Gators campus. FSU will now turn its attention to No. 12 Clemson when they travel to the conference rival’s campus to open ACC play March 7.
“I think this is another loss that we have to learn from,” FSU Head Coach Jennifer Hyde said. “During doubles, we were up 6-4 at both #2 and #3 and ended up losing both. When we have those kinds of leads against teams of this caliber, we have to finish the job. Right now we are in a habit of backing off in those situations. We have to change that now. Going into singles with a 1-0 lead would have made a very big difference, especially considering how many close singles matches we had.”
Despite having posted a win against SEC rival LSU last weekend, the Seminoles were unable to overcome the Gators force as Florida dominated all the doubles and singles courts.
On the doubles front, court three saw seniors Lauren McCreless and Jessica Sucupira scaring the Gators’ Caroline Hitimana and Claire Bartlett as they pushed their match to a tiebreaker that fell into Florida’s court with an 8-7 (5) score.
Singles was no better for the ‘Noles even though two Seminoles were able to push their matches into three-sets.
Facing one of the toughest competitors in the nation, court two featured No. 64 Katie Rybakova battling No. 10 Allie Will. Rybakova opened the match dominating the first set 6-4, but Will quickly responded with a 6-3 second set. The third-set tiebreaker also fell into Will’s hands with a 10-2 victory.
As the only other ‘Nole to play in a three-set match, freshman Amy Sargeant posted a first-set win, 6-2, over No. 95 Anastasia Revzina. The second set saw the Gator fighting back 6-2 while continuing the momentum into the third set to take the win 6-4.
After a hectic month of traveling the nation, Florida State will now have a week off of competing before opening ACC play against Clemson Sunday, March 7th, in Clemson, South Carolina at 12 p.m.
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Doubles: 1, 2*, 3
1. No. 3 Marrit Boonstra def. Federica Suess/Katie Rybakova 8-2
2. Lauren Embree/Anastasia Revzina def. Amy Sargeant/Francesca Segarelli 8-6
3. Caroline Hitimana/ Claire Bartlett def. Lauren McCreless/Jessica Sucupira 8-7 (5)
Singles: 5, 1, 3*, 2, 6, 4
1. No. 22 Lauren Embree def. No. 44 Lauren McCreless 6-2, 6-1
2. No. 10 Allie Will def. No. 64 Katie Rybakova 4-6, 6-3, 10-2
3. No. 80 Marrit Boonstra def. Francesca Segarelli 7-5, 6-1
4. No. 95 Anastasia Revzina def. Amy Sargeant 2-6, 6-2, 6-4
5. No. 86 Caroline Hitimana def. Federica Suess 6-0, 6-3
6. Claire Bartlett def. Jessica Sucupira 6-2, 6-3