Feb. 24, 2012
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The No. 22 Florida State Tennis Team dropped a tough match today 4-3 at the Indoor Tennis Facility to No. 39 South Florida as the Seminoles move to 5-2 on the season.
“Today was a frustrating day for us,” Head Coach Jennifer Hyde said. “We just didn’t compete at the level we need to and South Florida came into our facility and they wanted the match more. They dealt with adversity better than we did and they were willing to do what it took to win.”
The Seminoles began the match by sweeping the doubles point with three new combinations of doubles pairs, each marking the first time this season they’ve played together.
Juniors Carolina De los Santos and Francesca Segarelli defeated Lucie Rey and Fanny Fracassi, 8-2 on court two. Sophomore Ruth Seaborne and freshman Leyla Erkan beat Danielle Mills and Paula Montoya in the third position 8-5. On court one, junior Amy Sargeant and freshman Mia Vriens took their match 8-6 against Ecaterina Vasenina and Loreto Alonso.
“One of the bright spots on the day was coming out and sweeping doubles,” Hyde said. “We changed partnerships up and they played well together today. They communicated well, their strategies were great and they stuck to their game plans. We played some very solid doubles today.”
In singles, after falling behind in the second set 5-2, Sargeant sparked a comeback to take the second set, winning the match, 6-1, 7-5 on the court six, making the score 2-0.
The Bulls snatched a point on the second court shortening the FSU lead to 2-1 as Alonso def. Vriens in her FSU debut, 6-2, 6-3.
Erkan moved to 6-1 on the season as she cranked out a victory 6-2, 6-2, on court three against Mills. The Seminoles then extended their edge 3-1.
With three matches left playing, two being in the third set, the Bulls stole another point from the fifth court with Rey defeating De Los Santos in three sets, 3-6,6-4, 6-1, making the score 3-2 in favor of the Seminoles.
Within a matter of minutes, South Florida tied it up at three with Seaborne falling to Fracassi, 2-6, 6-2, 6-2 at number four.
As all eyes shifted to the first court after the match was delayed in the middle of the first set, Vasenina would finish the match by defeating Segarelli, 6-1, 6-1, stealing the match away from the Seminoles.
“We have a very short turnaround here as we prepare for Miami on Sunday,” Coach Jennifer Hyde added. “I’m interested to see how the team responds to this difficult loss as we being ACC play less than two days from now.”
The Seminoles will take on Miami in Sunday at 11 a.m. at The Indoor Tennis Facility. Check back to Seminoles.com and Twitter (FSU_Wtennis) for more information. 645-GAME is the weather hotline for Florida State Athletics and can be used to check-in for weather updates.
1. Vriens/Sargeant def. Vasenina/Alonso : 8-6
2. De Los Santos/ Sargeant def. Rey/Frecassi : 8-2
3. Seaborne/Erkan def. Mills/Montoya: 8-5
Order of finish: 2, 3, 1
1. Vasenina def. Segarelli: 6-2, 6-1
2. Alonso def. Vriens: 6-2, 6-3
3. Erkan def. Mills: 6-2, 6-2
4. Fracassi def. Seaborne: 3-6, 6-2, 6-2
5. Rey def. De Los Santos: 1-6, 6-4, 6-1
6. Sargeant def. Montoya: 6-1, 7-5
Order of finish: 6,2,3,5,4,1