April 21, 2011
By Zach Mendelson, Seminoles.com
CARY, N.C. – After a two and half hour rain delay, the No. 5 seed Florida State (13-7, 8-4) came up victorious over No. 12 seed Wake Forest (6-16, 0-12) winning 4-0 during the first round of the ACC Championships held at the Cary Tennis Center . The Seminoles will now make its 18th quarterfinal’s appearance as the group will look for revenge as they face No. 4 seed Virginia (18-6, 7-4) on Friday, April 21 at 12 p.m.
“It’s nice to have the first round of the tournament under our belts,” said head coach Jennifer Hyde. “The first match is sometimes one of the more difficult ones to get through and I think they did a good job today taking care of business. We started off a little slow in doubles but we found our rhythm and it’s nice to walk away with the win as we head into a big day tomorrow against Virginia.”
After a slightly slow start the Seminoles finally put away the Demon Deacons by winning two of three matches in doubles to clinch the first point of the match. The Seminoles then carried momentum into singles as senior Federica Suess (Ludwigshafen, Germany) was the first player to win today her match 6-3, 6-0 over Wake’s Anna Mydlowska on court five. With the win Suess breaks the all-time singles wins record of 102 wins previously held by her former teammates Lauren Macfarlane and Jessica Sucupira.
“It is huge for Fede to be the sole owner of the most wins in our program history,” Hyde said. “What an accomplishment for her and what a great way to do it, at her final ACC Tournament. I couldn’t be more proud or happy for her. Her name is at the top of a very impressive and longstanding list. ”
“I don’t really think about it much but it’s certainly nice to accomplish something like that,” added Suess. “Obviously there have been a lot of successful athletes to have played here and to have that record is pretty neat. It’s great that I get to share this honor with Katie, Lauren and Jessica. We are all so close to each other and I feel like we have really helped start this program going so that is pretty cool we are all up there together in the record books.”
Fellow senior Katie Rybakova (Coral Springs, Florida) was the second Seminole to win in singles as she defeated No. 37 Martina Pavelec (WF) 6-3, 6-2 to notch the 101st win of her career. Rybakova is now one win away from tying Macfarlane and Sucupira for second place in the record books and only one of four Seminoles to win 100 singles matches in their career.
“This is my favorite time of the year personally and I think for all of us this is the fun tournament,” added Rybakova.” It’s really competitive regardless of whom we play and I feel like we all came out today and did our job. We played calm and with confidence that we gained from the previous weekend. We are really excited about the opportunity to redeem ourselves against Virginia tomorrow.”
With the fourth and final point needed to clinch the win, sophomore Amy Sargeant (Walsall, England) came up big for the Seminoles for the second straight match by clinching the match point. The sophomore defeated Brigita Bercyte 6-4, 6-0 on court six.
“I really like clinching,” said Sargeant. “I enjoy the pressure that comes along with it. It gives me more incentive to win and more determination to get off the court. To know you’re the one who clinched the match is a really good feeling.”
“I think we just keep getting better and better,” continued Sargeant. “Each match we are improving in different areas and I just think the confidence we have, we can just run with it. We just need to focus on tomorrow on Virginia. It will be a tough match but as along we stay together and keep fighting I think we are capable of anything.”
The Seminoles are set for a 12 p.m. match time against No. 4 seed Virginia tomorrow, Friday, April 22. Florida State fell to Virginia 5-2 in Charlottesville, Va. earlier this season, but only a week after the loss the Seminoles began a season’s best six match winning streak which they will bring into tomorrow’s match.
“We definitely have some solid momentum on our side right now and we have to reach back on our successes from the past few weeks and take that with us into our match against Virginia,” said Hyde. “We expect the match to push our level even higher, as most ACC matches do. We are going to get some good rest tonight, eat and hydrate well and as soon as our feet hit the ground tomorrow we will be ready to go.”
Check back on Seminoles.com for results.
1. #35 Katie Rybakova (FSU) def. #37 Martina Pavelec (WF) 6-3, 6-2
2. Francesca Segarelli (FSU) vs. Emilee Malvehy (WF) DNF
3. #56 Noemie Scharle (FSU) vs. Kayla Duncan (WF) DNF
4. Ruth Seaborne (FSU) vs. Ryann Cutillo (WF) DNF
5. Federica Suess (FSU) def. Anna Mydlowska (WF) 6-3, 6-0
6. Amy Sargeant (FSU) def. Brigita Bercyte (WF) 6-4, 6-0
Order to finish: 5, 1, 6*
1. Pavelec/Malvehy (WF) def. Scharle/Suess (FSU) def. 8-4
2. Segarelli/Seaborne (FSU) def. Cutillo/ Mydlowska (WF) 8-2
3. Sargeant/Rybakova (FSU) def. Bercyte/Duncan (WF) 8-3
Order to finish: 2, 1, 3*