Jan. 17, 2010
ORLANDO, Fla. – Although the rain delays left the Sunshine State late Saturday night, the No. 15 Florida State women’s tennis team continued to deal with the after effects in the second day of the UCF Tournament with winds playing a major role at the UCF Tennis Complex. FSU left the courts with a notable 2-0 doubles record and 3-2 singles mark.
“I was pleased with the day we had considering the weather elements not being the most ideal for all of the players in the event,” FSU Head Coach Jennifer Hyde said. “The winds were about as bad as I have seen in my coaching career, and today was not about the better player winning as much as it was about the stronger mental competitor dealing with the elements better than their opponent. That was the difference today.”
The Seminoles opened up the day in a doubles match up against UCF which featured FSU posting a 2-0 record over the Knights. Lauren McCreless and Francesca Segarelli teamed up to roll past Jenna Doerfler and Alexis Rodriguez with an 8-4 win, while Katie Rybakova and Federica Suess earned their second-consecutive doubles victory with the win over Katie Orletsky and Allison Hodges 8-1.
Jessica Sucupira also earned a doubles win as she matched up with Annie McCarthy of Illinois to defeat Andrea Yacaman and Christ Core of UCF 8-3.
“Lauren and Jess, our two seniors, did a really good job showing their experience and leadership today, both out lasting their opponents in three sets,” Coach Hyde said. “Neither of them played their best tennis, and on days like today you won’t. However, they were very strong in between their ears and I’m proud of how they managed their emotions and the elements. Their experience really showed today.”
Singles featured No. 23 McCreless and Sucupira once again leading the squad with two wins in addition to Suess triumph of her court.
McCreless defeated No. 82 Guarachi of Alabama 2-6, 6-4, 6-0 while Sucupira quickly followed with her three-set win over Foehse, also of Alabama, 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (7-4).Suess posted a 6-0, 6-4 victory over Minor of Illinois to finish the day.
Florida State will close out the tournament Monday morning with doubles against Illinois beginning at 10 a.m. and singles play against UCF at 2 p.m.
Lauren McCreless/Francesca Segarelli (FSU) def. Jenna Doerfler/Alexis Rodriguez (UCF) 8-4
Katie Rybakova/Federica Suess (FSU) def. Katie Orletsky/Allison Hodges (UCF) 8-1
Jessica Sucupira (FSU)/Annie McCarthy (Illinois) def. Andrea Yacaman/Christy Core (UCF) 8-3
McClane (Ala.) def. Katie Rybakova (FSU) 4-6, 6-7 (4-7)
Lauren McCreless (FSU) def. Guarachi (Ala.) 2-6, 6-4, 6-0
Tunaru (Ala.) def. Francesca Segarelli (FSU) 5-7, 5-7
Jessica Sucupira (FSU) def. Foehse (Ala.) 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (7-4)
Federica Suess (FSU) def. Minor (Ill.) 6-0, 6-4