April 22, 2011
By Zach Mendelson, Seminoles.com
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – After a second day that consisted of a two and half hour rain delay, the No. 5 seed Florida State (14-7, 9-4) once again came up victorious, this time 4-3 over fourth seeded No. 11 Virginia (18-7, 7-5) during the second round of the ACC Championships held at the University of North Carolina Cone-Kenfield Indoor Tennis Center . The Seminoles, who began the tournament as one of seven ACC schools ranked inside the ITA’s top 20 will now make the conference Semifinal’s for the fourth straight season joining the league’s top three seeded team’s No. 3 Duke (22-3, 11-1), No. 5 North Carolina (21-5, 10-2) and No. 6 Miami (17-5, 10-2). Weather permitting the ‘Noles will face the top seeded Blue Devils on Saturday, April 22 at 10 a.m. at the Cary Tennis Center.
“It was another huge team effort today, which at this point in the season you must have to be successful (in the post-season),” said head coach Jennifer Hyde. “The girls continue to do that and continue to play at a very high level.”
The win was sweet redemption for the Seminoles who fell 5-2 to Virginia last month in Charlottesville, Va. but have since won seven straight ACC matches including three wins in the past week over top ranked teams (North Carolina, Duke and Virginia). Quite the feat considering the ACC is easily the deepest and most talented league in the nation.
“It’s nice to avenge our loss from Virginia from earlier in the year,” said Hyde. “We were a very different team back then from where we are now. It was especially rewarding for us to take care of business indoors. This team continues to have a warrior mentality.”
The Seminoles will certainly need to continue to bring their “A” game as the remaining teams in the tournament are all ranked among the six teams in the nation and are considered top contenders to be selected as No. 1 seeds in the upcoming NCAA Tournament.
“We are half way to where we want to be this weekend,” continued Hyde. “We still have a ton of work ahead of us but we will certainly enjoy this win. We have a quick turn-around and play again at 10 a.m. tomorrow morning and this team will be ready to go for another day of battle. We are excited to get back after again Duke tomorrow.”
After falling in doubles the Seminoles would quickly turn the momentum around in singles as they won the first set in four of the six singles matches. Talented sophomore, No. 56 Noemie Scharle (Colmar-Berg, Luxembourg) would be the first Seminole to win her match as she defeated UVA’s on court three to even the match at 1-1.
Virginia would quickly return the favor as the Cavs top ranked player, No. 28 Lindsey Hardenbergh defeated senior leader, No. 35 Katie Rybakova (Coral Springs, Fla.) 6-2, 6-3 on court one.
The Seminoles would again even the score as red-hot sophomore Amy Sargeant (Walsall, England) won against the Cavaliers Maria Fuccillo 7-5, 6-2 on court six. The match was the seventh victory in the last eight matches for Sargeant who returned half way through this season from hip surgery that had sidelined her for nearly nine months. Since returning from injury the super sophomore has clinched two matches and won ACC Player of the Week during the past two weeks.
Virginia would once again assert itself by taking the lead as sophomore Francesca Segarelli (Rome, Italy) fell to No. 55 Emily Fraser 7-6 (7-2), 6-4 on court two. With their backs against the wall, it would be all Florida State from that point forward as the two remaining Seminoles were battling in the third sets on courts four and five.
Senior Federica Suess (Ludwigshafen, Germany) was the first of the two win as she defeated UVA’s Caryssa Peretz 6-4, 0-6, 6-3 on court five to even the overall score at 3-3. The victory was sweet redemption for Suess who fell to Peretz earlier in the season. The victory was the 104th of Suess’s career, the most singles wins in program history.
The final match then came down to court four as freshman Ruth Seaborne (London, England) was still battling in the third set against Virginia’s No. 104 Erin Vierra. Seaborne would dominate the third set sealing the victory 6-2, 3-6, 6-2 as the Seminoles finally avenged themselves against Virginia who had defeated the Seminoles earlier this season at the Cavs indoor courts in Charlottesville, Va.
“Ruth clinching was very big,” said Hyde. “She was just nails there at the end. Oliver did a great job with her and coaching courts four through six today. He helped get them through their battles today. It was another big team effort and to do it again after losing that crucial doubles point says a lot about the character of this team.”
The Seminoles are set for a 10 a.m. match time against No. 1 seed Duke tomorrow, Saturday, April 23 at the Cary Tennis Center. Florida State defeated Duke 4-2 in Tallahassee earlier this season and upset the defending national champion Blue Devils last season during the quarterfinals to prevent Duke from making the ACC Semifinals for the first time since 1986. Florida State who joins the ACC’s top three seeded teams in the ACC Semifinals (No. 1 Duke, No. 2 North Carolina and No. 3 Miami) will bring in a lot of confidence riding a season’s best seven match winning streak into tomorrow’s match.
“NC State did a good job of pushing Duke to the limit today and they got a 4-3 win in the third set so we know they also had a tough match today just like we did,” said Hyde. “We are not going to worry about Duke avenging their loss to us last weekend because they are the number one seed and we are not. We can continue to play loose, play free and enjoy being the underdogs again.”
Check back on Seminoles.com for results.
1. #28 Lindsey Hardenbergh (UVA) def. Katie Rybakova (FSU) 6-2, 6-3
2. #55 Emily Fraser (UVA) def. Francesca Segarelli (FSU) 7-6 (7-2), 6-4
3. #56 Noemie Scharle (FSU) def. #102 Hana Tomljanvic (UVA) 6-4, 6-4
4. Ruth Seaborne (FSU) def. #104 Erin Vierra (UVA) 6-2, 3-6, 6-2
5. Federica Suess (FSU) def. Caryssa Peretz (UVA) 6-4, 0-6, 6-3
6. Amy Sargeant (FSU) def. Maria Fuccillo (UVA) 7-5, 6-2
Order to finish: 3, 1, 6, 2, 5, 4*
1. #36 Hardenbergh/Vierra (UVA) def. Scharle/Suess (FSU) 8-0
2. #25Fraser/Tomljanovic (UVA) def. No. 81 Seaborne/Segarelli (FSU) 8-2
3. Peretz/Fuccillo (UVA) vs. Sargeant/Rybakova (FSU) DNF
Order to finish: 1, 2*, DNF