April 13, 2008
Raleigh, N.C. – It was an all-too-familiar scene for the No. 19 Florida State women’s tennis squad. Another achingly close ACC match came down to the final singles court. Sophomore Jessica Wente fought back from a first set loss to force a decision in the third, but came up short as the Seminoles’ hopes were dashed in a 4-3 loss against No. 45 N.C. State (12-9, 5-6) at the J.W. Isenhour Tennis Center on April 13.
The Seminoles (16-6, 6-5) suffered through an agonizing three-hour match on court four as Wente and the Wolfpack’s Julia Roach battled tooth and nail for the team victory. A close first set ended in a 7-5 loss for Wente, but the Texas-native rallied in the second set for a 6-4 victory. Roach started to inch away in the final set but Wente clung to her opponent up until the end when Roach won 6-4 to ink the Wolfpack’s fifth conference win of the season.
Prior to Wente’s loss, the Seminoles won two singles matches starting with sophomore No. 72 Lauren Macfarlane who toppled N.C. State’s Berkeley Brock 6-4, 6-3 on court two. Freshman No. 30 Katie Rybakova pulled out a 6-2. 6-1 victory over Daria Petrovic on court one to extend her winning streak to six and give Wente a chance to earn the team win.
Seniors Carolin Walter and Tapiwa Marobela both had rough outings in Raleigh. Walter dropped just her fourth match of the season to Lenka Hojckova in the number three spot 6-2, 6-2 while Marobela also surrendered 6-2, 6-2 to Catherine Grotz on court five.
Freshman Federica Suess, who had two losses for the season prior to today, snapped an eight-match win streak as she fell to Neils Barringer 6-4, 6-4 on the bottom court to force Rybakova to keep the Seminoles in the match.
The Seminoles did come up victorious in doubles competition as Wente and Macfarlane defeated Brock and Petrovic 8-4 for the duo’s 16th win of the season while the senior tandem downed Barringer and Roach 8-5 to clinch the doubles point.
Rybakova and Rynarzewska, ranked No. 33 in the country, fell 8-2 to Grotz and Hojckova on court one.
Florida State will be back in action on Thursday, April 17, in the first round of the 2008 ACC Women’s Tennis Tournament in Altamonte Springs, Fla. Seeds and schedules for the tournament will be announced tomorrow, Monday, April 14.
#45 N.C. State 4
#19 Florida State 3
#1-No. 30 Katie Rybakova (FSU) def. Daria Petrovic (NCST) 6-2, 6-1
#2-No. 72 Lauren Macfarlane (FSU) def. Berkeley Brock (NCST) 6-4, 6-3
#3-Lenka Hojckova (NCST) def. No. 92 Carolin Walter (FSU) 6-2, 6-2
#4-Julia Roach (NSCT) def. Jessica Wente (FSU) 7-5, 4-6, 6-4
#5-Catherine Grotz (NCST) def. Tapiwa Marobela (FSU) 6-2, 6-2
#6-Neils Barringer (NCST) def. Federica Suess (FSU) 6-4, 6-4
Order of finish: 2, 3, 5, 6, 1, 4*
#1-Grotz/Hojckova (NCST) def. No. 33 Rybakova/Rynarzewska (FSU) 8-2
#2-Macfarlane/Wente (FSU) def. Brock/Petrovic (NCST) 8-4
#3-Marobela/Walter (FSU) def. Barringer/Roach (NCST) 8-5
Order of finish: 1, 2, 3*