Jan. 31, 2010
FRESNO, Calif. – Although it’s only the beginning of the season for the No. 25 Florida State women’s tennis team (2-1), the ‘Noles are proving to be one of the nation’s powerhouses with a 6-1 victory over No. 38 Ohio State to advance to the ITA National Indoor Championships for the first time in FSU history. In the team’s second dual-match triumph of the season, FSU saw five Seminoles dominating singles after posting two doubles wins to earn the lead for the first time this season.
“I’m so proud of this team and the way they competed all weekend,” FSU Head Coach Jennifer Hyde said. “For each of them to have ownership in being the first team from Florida State to ever qualify for the Team National Indoor Championships is something they earned together, a total team effort. These young ladies continue to make history and lift our program to new heights and I’m so excited the team, especially our seniors, are a part of this.”
In spite of missing their top player, No. 23 Noemie Scharle, FSU was able to control the courts early by posting two doubles wins to earn the lead point into singles.
Lauren McCreless and Francesca Segarelli dominated court one with a 8-2 win over Kelsey Haviland and Cami Hubbs, while Federica Suess and Katie Rybakova took care of business on court two with a 8-6 victory over Paloma Escobedo and Christina Keesey to clinch the doubles point.
The Seminoles then took to the courts for singles where they continued their domination with five out of six Seminoles earning wins.
Segarelli, ranked No. 62, continued the upward push by crushing Christina Keesey 6-0, 6-0 on court three with Rybakova putting the Seminoles ahead 3-0 with a straight-set win over Paloma Escobedo on court two, 6-2, 6-0.
Senior Jessica Sucupira earned her second-consecutive win and clinched the match for FSU with her defeat of Fidan Manashirova 6-3, 6-1 on court six.
After freshman No. 115 Amy Sargeant fell on court four to Kelsey Haviland 6-1, 6-4 to adjust the score to 4-1, Suess was able to overpower Gabby Steele 6-2, 6-4 on court five to win FSU’s fifth point.
Last but certainly not least was No. 23 McCreless representing the Seminoles on court one. The senior opened her match with a first-set win over No. 53 Kirsten Flower, 7-5, but fell 0-6 in the second set to push the match to a third-set super tiebreaker where the ‘Nole fought back to win the match 10-6.
Up next for the ‘Noles will be another two-day road trip as they face Illinois on February 5 and Northwestern on February 7. Fans are encouraged to follow the Seminoles on twitter @fsu_wtennis and www.seminoles.com for the latest news.
Doubles: 1, 2 1. McCreless/Segarelli (FS) def. Haviland/Cami Hubbs (OSU), 8-2
2. Suess/Rybakova (FS) def. Escobedo/Keesey (OSU), 8-6
3. Sucupira/Sargeant (FS) vs. Manashirova/Steele (OSU) DNF
Singles: 3, 2, 6*, 4, 5, 1 1.
No. 23 Lauren McCreless (FS) def. No. 53. Kirsten Flower (OSU), 7-5, 6-6, (10-6)
2. Katie Rybakova (FS) def. Paloma Escobedo (OSU), 6-2, 6-0
3. No. 62 Francesca Segarelli (FS) def. Christina Keesey (OSU), 6-0, 6-0
4. Kelsey Haviland (FS) def. No. 115 Amy Sargeant (FS), 6-1, 6-4
5. Federica Suess (FS) def. Gabby Steele (OSU), 6-2, 6-4
6. Jessica Sucupira (FS) def. Fidan Manashirova (OSU), 6-3, 6-1