March 27, 2011
By Zach Mendelson, Seminoles.com
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The No. 35 Florida State (7-6, 2-3) women’s tennis team couldn’t defeat their second straight ranked ACC opponent in No. 17 Virginia (13-4, 3-2) as they fell 5-2 in a hard fought Sunday afternoon match held at the Boyd Tinsley Courts at the Boar’s Head Sports Club.
“I think we didn’t get off to a very good start again today, and that basically set the tone for the rest of the match,” said head coach Jennifer Hyde. “We allowed them to take control early and we were never able to recover.”
For the second straight day Florida State got off to a slow start as Virginia took a 1-0 lead by winning the valuable doubles point. The nation’s No. 72 doubles team Lindsey Hardenbergh and Erin Vierra started off the action by defeating the Seminole’s talented tandem of sophomore Noemie Scharle and senior Federica Suess 8-2. Caryssa Peretz (Cherry Hill, N.J.) and Maria Fuccillo defeated senior Katie Rybakova and sophomore Amy Sargeant 8-2 to win the doubles point. Freshman Ruth Seaborne and sophomore Francesca Segarelli played the nations No. 20 tandem of Emily Fraser and Hana Tomljanovic hard, but eventually fell 8-4.
The match wouldn’t get any easier for the Seminoles in singles as Virginia took four straight victories to push the lead to 5-0. Amy Sargeant was unable to finish her match in the six spot as Maria Fuccillo earned the Cavs their second point winning 6-2, 3-0.
We have another very big ACC weekend coming up next weekend. We are still in the process of finding our stride out there and being q Next weekend gives us another opportunity
A day after winning the 100th match of her career, Federica Suess fell to the Cavs Caryssa Peretz 6-1, 6-3. Virginia would then make the victory official winning on the top court as No. 71 Lindsey Hardenbergh defeated Florida State’s Francesca Segarelli, 6-0, 6-2. Virginia would earn their final point as No. 55 Emily Fraser edged No. 66 Noemie Scharle 6-3, 6-4.
Although the match had already been decided, the Seminoles continued to fight as Ruth Seaborne defeated No. 80 Erin Vierra 6-3, 7-6 (10-8) in a hard fought match on court four. Katie Rybakova would fight back in her match against No. 96 Hana Tomljanovic to win 4-6, 7-6 (7-4), (10-5) to give the Seminoles another victory to end the afternoon.
“I was very proud of Ruthie and Katie today,” said Hyde. “Both of them worked really hard to put two points on the board for us after the match was already decided. Every point matters out there, and I was pleased that they both kept their heads down and took care of their courts. That was very important for both of them.”
Despite the loss Florida State holds the all-time series against Virginia 18-6, with the last victory for the Garnet and Gold coming at home in 2010 with a 5-2 victory.
The Seminoles will now return home to play the No. 32 North Carolina State Wolfpack (10-4, 1-3) on Friday, April 1 at 4:00 p.m. and then the Wake Forest Demon Deacons (6-8, 0-4) on Sunday, April 3 at 12:00 p.m. at the Scott Speicher Tennis Center.
“We have another very big ACC weekend coming up, and at home,” said Hyde. “We are still in the process of finding our stride out there and working through being consistent performers day in and day out. We are in the middle of the process and each win and loss we have is getting us there.”
1. #71 Lindsey Hardenbergh (UVA) def. Francesca Segarelli (FSU) 6-0, 6-2
2. #55 Emily Fraser (UVA) def. #66 Noemie Scharle (FSU) 6-3, 6-4
3. Katie Rybakova (FSU) def. #95 Hana Tomljanvic (UVA) 4-6, 7-6 (7-4), (10-5)
4. Ruth Seaborne (FSU) def. #80 Erin Vierra (UVA) 3-6, 7-6 (10-8)
5. Caryssa Peretz (UVA) def. Federica Suess (FSU) 6-1, 6-3
6. Maria Fuccillo (UVA) def. Amy Sargeant (FSU) 6-2, 3-0 DNF
Order to finish: 6, 5, 1*, 2, 4, 3
1. #72 Hardenbergh/Vierra (UVA) def. Scharle/Suess (FSU) 8-2
2. #20 Fraser/Tomljanovic (UVA) def. Sargeant/Segarelli (FSU) 8-4
3. Peretz/Fuccillo (UVA) def. Seaborne/Rybakova (FSU) 8-4
Order to finish: 1, 3*, 2