Feb. 12, 2012
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Despite the cold temperature outside, the No.21 Florida State Women’s Tennis Team stayed hot as they defeated the Auburn Tigers today at the Indoor Tennis Facility, 5-2.
“I’m very pleased with how the girls took care of their business today,” Head Coach Jennifer Hyde said. “Auburn is a very competitive and gritty team. We knew it was going to be tough for us. Our ladies did a great job of staying focused on their courts and playing solid tennis and I’m glad we’re walking away with a win heading into the next phase of our season.”
Only fielding two doubles teams due to injuries, the Seminoles clinched the valuable doubles point with juniors Carolina De los Santos and Amy Sargeant winning in the second position against Paulina Schippers and Plamena Kurteva, 8-5. The second and clinching doubles came from junior Francesca Segarelli and sophomore Ruth Seaborne, who moved back up to the first court and defeated Jamie Kasler and Jen Pfiefler, 8-6. Segarelli and Seaborne are now 6-0 on the season.
With five players heading into singles and with the score knotted at one, De Los Santos stretched her record to 6-0 by defeating Kurteva, 6-2, 6-3 in the fourth position. The Uruguay native is the only Seminole who hasn’t given up a set in her six matches. After her win, the Seminoles surged to the lead, 2-1.
“Any time you start a match with a 1-0 deficit, having to forfeit a double and a singles match, it certainly adds a little pressure.” Hyde stated. “I was satisfied with how we responded. It was never an excuse or an issue for the team today. I’m proud of the attitude they brought to the match because that’s what it took for us to win.”
Seaborne would extend the lead to 3-1 by defeating Schippers 6-1, 6-3 for her third win on the season.
The match would be clinched on the racket of Sargeant as she rallied to outlast Kasler on the fifth court, 6-3, 3-6, 6-2. Sargeant is now 2-1 in three-set matches.
“It helped to see Amy charging ahead in that third set in order to clinch our fourth point,” Hyde said. “It certainly took some pressure off the remaining matches.”
Freshman Leyla Erkan took the second court with her aggressive play, but fell to Pfiefler, 7-6, 7-5 in her first loss of the season.
Although Florida State had already sealed the match, Segarelli fought through a three-set tiebreaker in order to beat Emily Flickenger in the first spot, 6-3, 5-7, 7-6 for the fifth point.
“I was proud of Fran today when she gutted out a 7-6 win in a three- set tiebreaker,” Hyde said. “She needed to get a good win under her belt. Things weren’t going her way throughout the match, but she hung in there and got it done.”
The Seminoles will take some time away from the court, but will be back on Feb. 24 to host No. 45 South Florida at 3:30 p.m. ACC play will begin on Feb. 26 as No. 11 Miami comes to town for a 12 p.m. dual. Times and locations of matches are subject to change. 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. Seaborne/Segarelli def. Kasler/Pfiefler: 8-6
2. De Los Santos/ Sargeant def. Schippers/Kuteva: 8-5
3. Auburn def.
Order of finish: 2,1
1. Segarelli def. Flickenger: 6-3, 5-7, 7-6 (9-7)
2. Pfiefler def. Erkan: 7-6, 7-5
3. Seaborne def. Shippens: 6-1, 6-3
4. De Los Santos def. Kurteva: 6-2, 6-3
5. Sargeant def. Kasler: 6-3, 3-6, 6-2.
6. Auburn def.
Order of finish: 4,3,5,2,1