March 19, 2010
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The No. 19 Florida State women’s tennis team (6-7, 0-2) will continue to search for its first Atlantic Coast Conference win as the squad fell, 5-2, to in-state rival Miami, ranked No. 13 in the country, Friday night at the Scott Speicher Tennis Center. Although not the outcome they wanted, the Seminoles did have one of their own highlight the day by tying as FSU’s all-time career singles wins leader with Jessica Sucupira securing the spot with her 94th victory.
“We are going to get our first ACC victory,” FSU Head Coach Jennifer Hyde said. “It’s just a matter of time. I’m proud of the girls. The effort was there tonight in most of the spots. There was a lot of fighting up and down the line. We are getting better in so many ways.”
The action-packed match kicked off with both squads vying for the doubles point. As Miami’s Laure Vallverdu and Gabriela Mejia, ranked seventh in the country, dominated court one with an 8-1 win, court two saw Lauren McCreless and Jessica Sucupira taking the 8-3 victory over Claudia Wasilewski and Danielle Mills to even out the score.
“Our doubles are getting so much better,” Coach Hyde said. “It’s all a process right now. We’re just in the middle of it.”
Court two featured both programs fighting back and forth between points with freshmen duo Amy Sargeant and Francesca Segarelli taking on No. 67 Bianca Eichkorn and Anna Bartenstein. As the ‘Noles started the match strong, it would be Miami who would earn the doubles point with an 8-6 win.
The Hurricanes continued the momentum into singles by posting its second point as Gabriela Mejia overpowered Sargeant 6-2, 6-1 on court five to win Miami’s second point.
“Jess is just on a roll,” Coach Hyde said. “She does what she does best and she brings it every time she steps on the court. She has been one of the most consistent performers I’ve ever coached. I’m not surprised she is reaching that record. Her career continues to be one highlighted with much success.”
Despite a lineup change that bumped the ‘Nole up to court four, Sucupira was able to post a 6-1, 6-3 victory over Mills to put FSU on the board with its first point. Sucupira’s victory today tied her with former Seminole Ali Weber as FSU’s career singles wins leader with 94 victories.
“It took a lot of work to accomplish this,” Sucupira said. “I have been training so much harder this year than I have been in the past because I know this is my last year. I didn’t even know I was so close to reaching it. I have to keep just going out, working harder and having fun while doing it. My motto for this year had been to play hard, but have fun.”
However, Miami quickly responded on court six as Wasilewski toppled Federica Suess 6-2, 6-3 to earn UM’s third point.
Court two saw the ‘Canes securing the match as No. 104 Rybakova fell to Eichkorn, ranked No. 33 in the country, 6-1, 3-6, 7-6 (5).
Closing out the day was No. 27 McCreless battling No. 7 Laura Vallverdu in a nail-bitting match. As the senior stepped up to capture the first set in a tie-breaker 7-6 (3), Vallverdu came back to take the second set with a 6-4 triumph. In spite of the match having already fallen out of the ‘Noles hands, McCreless fought until the end, but unfortunately fell 6-4 to the ‘Cane.
“We are not going to walk out of this match with our heads down,” Coach Hyde added. “Very little, if anything, separates us from them and being in the top 13 in the country. We need to now focus on next week in our match against Virginia and Virginia Tech.”
Florida State will continue with its tough schedule as they host ACC rivals No. 27 Virginia Friday, March 26 at 3:30 p.m. and No.60 Virginia Tech on Sunday, March 28 at 12 p.m.
Doubles: 1, 3, 2*
1) No. 7 Vallverdu/Mejia def. Katie Rybakova/Federica Suess 8-1
2) No. 67 Eichkorn/Bartenstein def. Amy Sargeant/Francesca Segarelli 8-6
3) Lauren McCreless/Jessica Sucupira def. Wasilewski/ Mills 8-3
Singles: 5, 4, 6, 3, 2*, 1
1) No. 7 Laura Vallverdu def. #27 Lauren McCreless 7-6 (3), 4-6, 4-6
2) No. 33 Bianca Eichkorn def. No. 104 Katie Rybakova 6-1, 3-6, 7-6 (5)
3) Francesca Segarelli def. No. 62 Anna Bartenstein 7-5, 6-3
4) Jessica Sucupira def. Danielle Mills 6-1, 6-3
5) Amy Sargeant def. Gabriela Mejia 6-2, 6-1
6) Claudia Wasilewski def. Federica Suess 6-2, 6-3