March 6, 2011
By Zach Mendelson, Seminoles.com
TAMPA, Fla. – The No. 22 Florida State women’s tennis team (4-4) couldn’t figure out the No. 55 South Florida Bulls (3-7) for the second straight year as the Bulls defeated the Seminoles 5-2 in a difficult road match played at the USF Varsity Courts on Sunday afternoon.
Florida State started the day off on the wrong foot losing the critical doubles point to the Bulls. Freshman Ruth Seaborne and Sophomore Francesca Segarelli continued their strong play winning their doubles match against nation’s No. 42 tandem of Janette Bejlkova and Loreta Alonso Martinez by a solid 8-3 score. The Seminoles fell in two other closely contested matches falling 9-7 and 7-5 on the other two courts.
In singles FSU again faced stiff competition as South Florida came in with three ranked players in No. 43 Irene Rehberger, No. 76 Janette Bejlkova, and No. 106 Ecaterina Vasenina. Senior Federica Suess and freshman Manon Veldman were both victorious in singles as they won on courts four and six respectively providing the Seminoles with its only two points. The victory was Veldman’s first of her collegiate dual match career.
The Seminoles will now travel to Orlando to face the Central Florida Golden Knights on Wednesday, March 9 at 2:00 p.m. before heading back home to face the Clemson Tigers on Sunday, March 13 at 12:00 p.m. at the Scott Speicher Tennis Center..
As always, fans can follow the team on www.seminoles.com, Twitter @FSU_WTennis and the Florida State Women’s Tennis fan page on Facebook.
1. Irene Rehberger (USF) def. Katie Rybakova (FSU) 6-1, 6-3
2. Ecaterina Vasenina (USF) def. Francesca Segarelli (FSU) 7-6, 5-7, 10-4
3. Janette Bejikova (USF) def. Ruth Seaborne (FSU) 7-5, 7-6 (7-4)
4. Federica Suess (FSU) def. Loreto Alonso Martinez (USF) 6-3, 6-3
5. Alessandra Bonte (USF) def. Amy Sargeant (FSU) 6-2, 2-6, 6-1
6.Manon Veldman (FSU) def. Kate Parker (USF) 7-5, 6-0
Order of Finish – 1, 4, 5, 6, 3, 2
1. Segarelli/Seaborne (FSU) def. Martinez/Bejikova (USF) 8-3
2. Rehberger/Vasenina (USF) def. Rybakova/Sargeant (FSU) 8-6
3. Bonte/Parker (USF) def. Suess/Veldman (FSU) 8-5
Order of Finish – 1, 2, 3