Nov. 8, 2009
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida State women’s tennis team closed out the fall season on a high note Sunday morning with two Seminoles named single flight champions at the Seminole Invitational. In the squad’s last stint of fall play, FSU posted a 10-2 singles record and a 4-2 doubles mark.
“It was a pretty good finish today,” FSU Head Coach Jennifer Hyde said. “To win on all three courts is pretty good.”
As the first `Nole to earn flight champion status, junior Federica Suess, ranked No. 82 in the preseason polls, overpowered USF’s Mueller 6-1, 6-0.
“I am proud of Fede finishing up as the flight champion,” Coach Hyde added. “She has been working through a lot of things this semester. I hope she can take some momentum from this fall season into the spring season.”
Finishing up her last fall season as a collegiate athlete, senior Jessica Sucupira (Wente) posted a 6-1, 6-3 win over Mississippi State’s Mayuk to finish in third place in the black bracket.
“Jessica continued to be very consistent,” Coach Hyde said. “It says a lot about Jess and I know she has worked really hard and gotten herself back in shape. As a senior I think she is really looking forward to leading this team.”
Fellow senior Lauren McCreless (Macfarlane) also wrapped up her last fall season in a tough battle against teammate Francesca Segarelli in the garnet bracket flight championship. McCreless, ranked No. 93, dominated the match with a 6-3, 6-1 victory.
“I know it’s tough for teammates to play each other in a final, but Lauren did a good job and stepped up and did what she needed to do today,” Coach Hyde said.
Florida State will now take some time off from competing and continue training for the upcoming spring dual-match season beginning on January 15 at the UCF Invitational.
“Now we get 2 hours a week on court and eighth hours of fitness total,” Coach Hyde said. “We are going to get the girls in really good shape. It’s will be a long two months but the most important thing is getting more fit so when we go home for Christmas we can come back in good form and be ready for spring.”