April 7, 2007
Durham, NC – No. 17 Florida State (12-6, 5-4) women’s tennis team defeated Duke (10-6, 5-3) in a dogfight at the Sheffield Indoor Indoor Tennis Center. Junior Carolin Walter clinched the Seminoles’ 4-3 victory in the third set of the final match today, Saturday, April 7.
Today’s match was Florida State’s first win over Duke since 1983, the year the team’s oldest member, sophomore Ania Rynarzewska, was born. Florida State was Duke’s first home loss of the season. This win was head coach Jennifer Hyde’s highest single season total while at Florida State.
“This team all year has been about making history,” stated Hyde. “Duke has always been a national powerhouse in college tennis and for this team to pick up a big win like this, right after Duke’s 4-3 victory over No. 9 Miami, just continues to show we are working in the right direction and getting better everyday. I’m really happy for the team and they earned it today.”
In doubles the No. 19 duo of senior Nicola Slater (Ayr, Scotland) and junior Carolin Walter (Bingen, Germany) upset the No. 5 duo of Daniela Bercek and Melissa Mang 9-8 in a tie breaker. Ania Rynarzewska (Inowroclaw, Poland) and freshman Lauren Macfarlane (Ogden, Utah) came close but fell to Elizabeth Plotkin and Tory Zawacki 8-6 on court two. Senior Miranda Foley (Cambridge, England) and freshman Jessica Wente (Whitehouse, Texas) fell to Amanda Granson and Jessi Robinson on court three 8-2.
After losing the doubles point, the Seminoles won four singles matches to clinch the victory. Coming off the courts first was Wente 6-0, 6-2 over Robinson on court six nearly flawless. No. 99 Macfarlane followed suit with a 6-3, 6-2 victory over Plotkin on court two. Both Macfarlane and Wente were battling illnesses but fought through their adversity to gain the victory.
Junior Tapiwa Marobela (Gaborone, Botswana) fell 6-4, 6-1 to Clelia Deltour on court five coming off the court after Wente. On court one Slater defeated No. 75 Mang 7-6, 2-6, 7-5. During the third set, Slater was down 5-3 but fought back to win 7-5. On court three Rynarzewska lost to Granson 6-2, 5-7, 6-2. Securing the victory was Walter with a 7-6, 6-7, 6-1 win over Zawacki on court four winning the last 16 points of the third set.
The Seminoles return to Scott Speicher Tennis Center on Friday, April 13 against Boston College at 3 pm. On Sunday, April 15, Florida State concludes the regular season with a home match against Maryland at noon.
No. 17 Florida State 4, No. 21 Duke 3
1. No. 19 Nicola Slater/Carolin Walter (FSU) def. No. 5 Daniela Bercek/Melissa Mang (DU) 9-8
2. Elizabeth Plotkin/Tory Zawacki (DU) def. Lauren Macfarlane/Ania Rynarzewska (FSU) 8-6
3. Amanda Granson/Jessi Robinson (DU) def. Miranda Foley/Jessica Wente (FSU) 8-2
Order of finish: 3, 1, 2*
1. Nicola Slater (FSU) def. No. 75 Melissa Mang (DU) 7-6, 2-6, 7-5
2. No. 99 Lauren Macfarlane (FSU) def. Elizabeth Plotkin (DU) 6-3, 6-2
3. Amanda Granson (DU) def. No. 102 Ania Rynarzewska (FSU) 6-2, 5-7, 6-2
4. Carolin Walter (FSU) def. Tory Zawacki (DU) 7-6, 6-7, 6-1
5. Clelia Deltour (DU) def. Tapiwa Marobela (FSU) 6-4, 6-1
6. Jessica Wente (FSU) def. Jessi Robinson (DU) 6-0, 6-2
Order of finish: 6, 5, 2, 1, 3, 4*
* clinches win