April 2, 2008
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Tallahassee, Fla.- Despite Mother Nature’s best efforts, No. 18 Florida State (13-5, 3-4) and No. 2 Georgia Tech (14-4, 6-1) finally completed a match originally scheduled to take place March 7. After a three-and-a-half hour rain delay, the Seminoles came out strong in singles play behind freshman No. 30 Katie Rybakova’s trouncing of the Yellow Jackets’ No. 4 Amanda McDowell, but couldn’t hold on for a team victory, falling 3-4.
Rybakova downed her second top-15 player in four days with a dominant 6-0. 6-2 upset of McDowell on court two. Meanwhile, fellow freshman Federica Suess also posted a solid 7-6(2), 6-3 win over No. 39 Kirsten Flower in the five spot. With a third, 3-6, 6-1, 6-0 comeback victory from senior Carolin Walter on court three against No. 36 Whitney McCray, the Seminoles’ three singles upsets had them in prime position to win the team victory on either court four or six.
Junior Ania Rynarzewska was down 4-0 in her third set when Walter wrapped up, leaving two Seminoles standing with the team victory in their hands. Next door on court four, sophomore Jessica Wente was up 2-0 in her second set after winning the first set 6-4. Unfortunately, with her match at 2-1, Wente went down with leg cramps. The Texas-native did her best to tough it out, but after dropping two more games to make the score 2-3, she went down again and had to be carried off the court.
Florida State’s hopes for a big conference victory fell to Rynarzewska, who was still trailing 4-0. Although she fought back to pick up two games and push the Seminoles toward a win, in the end #100 Noelle Hickey got the best of Rynarzewska with a 4-6, 6-1, 6-2 victory.
Sophomore Lauren Macfarlane also lost a tough battle on the spotlight court. After dropping the first set to No. 6 Kristi Miller 6-3, Macfarlane tried to battle back in the second set, but Miller overpowered her 6-2.
The Seminoles started doubles play against the Yellow Jackets at 2:30 p.m., the match’s originally scheduled time, but were forced to stop because of lightning after about an hour. When things resumed, Georgia Tech made quick work in securing the doubles point with a pair of 8-6 victories over sophomores Wente and Macfarlane and seniors Walter and Tapiwa Marobela.
Wente and Macfarlane fell first on court three to McDowell and Flower. Moments later, Walter and Marobela succumbed to McCray and Hickey on court two. Prior to starting their final doubles match at home, the two seniors were honored in a special Senior Day ceremony for all their hard work and dedication to the Seminoles.
With the doubles point decided, the two teams chose not to finish the match on center court between. When the match was stopped, Rybakova and Rynarzewska were up 6-5 over the Yellow Jackets’ Miller and Sasha Krupina.
Florida State will be back in action on Friday in College Park, Md. The team will take on ACC opponents, the Maryland Terrapins at 3:00 p.m.
#18 FSU 3, #2 GTECH 4
1-#6 Kristi Miller (GT) def. #72 Lauren Macfarlane (FSU) 6-3, 6-2
2-#30 Katie Rybakova (FSU) def. #4 Amanda McDowell (GT) 6-0, 6-2
3-#92 Carolin Walter (FSU) def. #36 Whitney McCray
4-#76 Kristy Striplin (GT) def. Jessica Wente 4-6, 2-3 (ret.)
5-Federica Suess (FSU) def. #39 Kirsten Flower 7-5(2), 6-3
6-#100 Noelle Hickey (FSU) def. Ania Rynarzewska (FSU) 4-6, 6-1, 2-6
Order of finish: 2, 1, 5, 3, 4, 6*
1-Miller/Krupina (GT) vs.#33 Rybakova/Rynarzewska (FSU) 6-5 (DNF)
2-McCray/Hickey (GT) def. Marobela/Walter (FSU) 8-6
3-McDowell/Flower (GT) def. Wente/Macfarlane (FSU) 8-6
Order of finish: 3, 2*, 1 (DNF)