May 14, 2011
By Zach Mendelson, Seminoles.com
COLLEGE STATION, TX. – The No. 12 Florida State women’s tennis team (16-8, 10-5) came out of the gates firing on all cylinders with a dominating 4-0 victory over Southern University Jaguars (11-13) at Texas A&M’s George P. Mitchell Tennis Center during the first round of the 2011 NCAA Tournament. The match took only two hours and ten minutes on a windy Saturday morning as the Seminoles will now face the winner of No. 31 Texas A&M and No. 32 Southern Methodist University tomorrow, May 15, at 1 p.m. CST.
“It feels good to get the first round under our belts,” said head coach Jennifer Hyde. “Our goal was obviously to advance but also find ways to make ourselves better for tomorrow and I think we did a good job of that. Now we just need to relax the rest of this afternoon and get ready for a big match tomorrow.”
FSU kicked-off the match with one of the most solid doubles performances of the season. Winning the first point was the dynamic duo of sophomore Amy Sargeant (Walsall, England) and senior Katie Rybakova (Coral Springs, Fla.) on court three with an 8-1 defeat of Demetria Woods and Lisbeth Castaneda. Securing the doubles point for the Seminoles was on court one as sophomore Noemie Scharle (Colmar-Berg, Luxembourg) and Federica Suess (Ludwigshafen, Germany) won 8-4 over Carlista Mohammed and Jo’Vonna Gaines.
With the match point being played simultaneously on two courts the Seminoles also garnered a rare third victory in doubles on court two as sophomore Francesca Segarelli (Rome Italy) and freshman Ruth Seaborne (London, England) defeated Kathryn Curtis and Lois Alexis, 8-2.
Florida State continued the momentum into singles by winning all the first sets. Earning FSU’s second match point was Ruth Seaborne on court four as she tamed the Jaguars’ Lisbeth Castaneda 6-0, 6-0. Rybakova quickly won the third point for her team 6-0, 6-1 earning the 103rd victory of her career. Clinching the triumph for Florida State was sophomore No. 51 Noemie Scharle on court three by winning 6-1, 6-1.
The match marked the first ever contest between Florida State and Southern. Coming into the tournament Southern was fresh off winning their second straight Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) championship and made their second straight NCAA appearance. Overall the Lady Jaguars have won the SWAC in six out of the last nine years. With the victory FSU will make its fifth all-time appearance in the second round of the tournament.
While this marked first match ever between the Seminoles and Jaguars, Florida State has a little more history against the Aggies and Mustangs. FSU leads the all-time series against the Texas A&M, 2-0 winning in back to back season in 1994-95. The Aggies women’s tennis team has reached the NCAA’s 11 straight years. The Seminoles also hold a 3-2 all-time series lead against SMU with the most recent match dating back to 1992 when head coach Jennifer Hyde was an athlete for Florida State.
The Seminoles will be back in action tomorrow afternoon at 1 p.m. Seminole fans can follow the team on the Florida State women’s tennis fan page on Facebook and also at Twitter @FSU_WTennis.
#12 Florida State 4, Southern University 0
Singles: Order of Finish 4, 1, 3*
1. #31 Katie Rybakova (FSU) def. Carlista Mohammed (SU) 6-0, 6-1
2. Francesca Segarelli (FSU) vs. Kathryn Curtis (SU) 6-2, 5-0 DNF
3. #51 Noemie Scharle (FSU) def. Demetria Woods (SU) 6-1, 6-1
4. Ruth Seaborne (FSU) def. Lisbeth Castaneda (SU) 6-0, 6-0
5. Federica Suess (FSU) vs. Jo’Vonna Gaines (SU) 6-3, 5-1 DNF
6. Amy Sargeant (FSU) vs. Lois Alexis (SU) 6-2, 3-3 DNF
Doubles: Order of Finish 3, 1*, 2
1. Scharle/Suess (FSU) vs. Mohammed/Gaines (SU) 8-4
2. Seaborne/Segarelli (FSU) def. Curtis/Alexis (SU) 8-2
3. Rybakova/Sargeant def. Woods/Castaneda (SU) 8-1