April 1, 2011
By Zach Mendelson, Seminoles.com
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The No. 34 Florida State (7-7, 2-4) women’s tennis team fought hard to the end, but could not quite pull out enough points to defeat the No. 36 North Carolina State Wolfpack (11-5, 2-4) on a sunny Friday afternoon at the Scott Speicher Tennis Center.
“Credit to NC State, they did a great job, they were composed and fought very hard,” said head coach Jennifer Hyde. “They were just the better team on this day, by a point.”
NC State jumped off to a strong start winning the first two matches in doubles. The Seminoles duo of Katie Rybakova and Amy Sargeant led the entire way in the final doubles match on court three, but did not finish the match relinquishing a 7-6 lead.
“Doubles was crucial for us today,” said Hyde. “Starting off by losing the doubles point at this time of year really puts you in a situation that is not preferable. Unfortunately I think that did hurt us, and was potentially the deciding factor in this match. At the same time, I think we had every opportunity to take care of things in singles and we just came up a little short.”
After allowing NC State to control the doubles portion of the match, the Seminoles gained momentum in singles as sophomore Amy Sargeant defeated the Wolfpack’s Christy Sipes 6-3, 6-1. The Wolfpack would bounce back as senior Federica Suess fell on court five to Lenka Hojckova 6-3, 6-3.
NC State picked up its third point as No. 29 Sanaa Bhambri defeated sophomore Francesca Segarelli 6-4, 7-6 (9-7) on court one. The Wolfpack would then finish off the match when freshman Ruth Seaborne dropped the second and third sets to NC State’s Joelle Kissell 2-6, 6-1, 6-1. The loss snapped a three match winning streak for Seaborne.
Despite the loss, the Seminoles would never quit. After losing the first set, sophomore Noemie Scharle fought back from down 3-0 in the second set to pull off the comeback win over NC State’s Tatiana Illova winning 4-6, 6-4, 3-0.
Senior Katie Rybakova also dug in deep and won a very competitive match against the NC State’s No. 83 Sandhya Nagaraj 7-6 (7-4), 4-6, 6-2 to pick up her team leading 18th victory. The victory was Rybakova’s fourth consecutive victory and second straight over a top 100 opponent.
“I was happy for the three girls that did get wins,” said Hyde. “Amy is starting to get her form back, and that is exciting for her to see and feel and for the team as we move through this season. Not only is it big for Amy, but as Katie and Noemie continue to gain confidence is only going to help this team down the road as well.”
The Seminoles will have a quick turnaround as they play No. 50 Wake Forest (6-9, 0-5) on Sunday, April 3 at 12:00 p.m. at the Scott Speicher Tennis Courts.
“Right now we are just going to focus on the positives, but we have to be ready to play our best tennis against Wake Forest on Sunday,” said Hyde. “Wake is a very good team and we expect they are going to be very competitive. We still have a lot to prove, and right now we just need to continue to take the positives with us as every match comes and goes.”
1. #29 Sanaa Bhambri (NCSU) def. Francesca Segarelli 6-4, 7-6 (9-7)
2. Katie Rybakova (FSU) def. #83 Sandhya Nagaraj (NCSU) 7-6 (7-4), 4-6, 6-2
3. Noemie Scharle (FSU) def. Tatiana Illova (NCSU) 4-6, 6-4, 6-2
4. Joelle Kissell (NCSU) def. Ruth Seaborne (FSU) 2-6, 6-1, 6-1
5. Lenka Hojckova (NCSU) def. Federica Suess (FSU) 6-3, 6-3
6. Amy Sargeant (FSU) def. Christy Sipes (NCSU) 6-3, 6-1
Order to finish: 6, 5, 1, 4*, 2, 3
1. #26 Bhambri/Nagaraj (NCSU) def. Segarelli/Seaborne (FSU) 8-4
2. Hojckova/Illova (NCSU) def. Scharle/Suess (FSU) 8-5
3. Miller/Kissell (NCSU) def. Sargeant/Rybakova (FSU) 6-7 (ret)
Order to finish: 2, 1*, 3 (ret)