April 3, 2011
By Zach Mendelson, Seminoles.com
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – After dropping two straight ACC matches, the No. 34 Florida State women’s tennis team (8-7, 3-4) bounced back in a big way with a dominating 6-1 victory over the No. 50 Wake Forest Demon Deacons (6-11, 0-7) on a sunny Sunday afternoon at the Scott Speicher Tennis Center.
The resurgent Seminoles jumped off to a strong start by winning all three matches in doubles. It was quite the confidence boost for a team that had failed to win the critical doubles point during the past three matches.
“The girls did a fantastic job today,” said head coach Jennifer Hyde. “I think we set the tone early in doubles and I think that made a very big difference for us heading into singles. It was good to see them come out and play solid, fundamental doubles and I believe that really got the ball rolling for us.”
The biggest win in doubles came on court one as senior Federica Suess and sophomore Noemie Scharle defeated the nation’s No. 14 doubles tandem Kathryn Talbert and Kayla Duncan to give the Seminoles the point in doubles.
“After the loss against NC State we talked about how we needed to step up and play better as a team, and I think we really did that today,” added senior Katie Rybakova. “I think in doubles we played much better, and with much more intensity.”
After controlling the doubles portion of the match, the Seminoles gained more momentum early in singles, winning the first set on five of the six courts. Sophomore Francesca Segarelli was the first Seminole to win, making quick work of the Demon Deacons Kathryn Talbert 6-2, 6-1 on court two.
“Fran did a great job for us today,” said Hyde. “I mixed up one and two today and Fran just took care of business. She had to be a little patient today by offsetting some pretty heavy balls, and she did a fantastic job of that.”
Scharle was the second `Nole to finish, as she was victorious for the second straight match by defeating Wake’s Emilee Malvehy 6-2, 6-2 on court three. The momentum continued for the Seminoles as sophomore Amy Sargeant defeated the Demon Deacons Anna Mydlowska 6-3, 6-4 on court six to give Florida State the deciding point in the match.
“I think our play in doubles certainly carried over into singles,” said Hyde. Up and down the line I think everyone did a really good job. Amy in particular came out guns a blazing. She competed extremely hard and brought and unbelievable energy that I think that really helped us out.”
Rybakova, ranked No. 42 in the country, continued her hot streak by defeating Wake’s No. 24 Martina Pavelec 6-3 on court one. The win marked Rybakova’s fifth consecutive victory, including her third straight over an ITA top 100 opponent. Overall Rybakova leads the team with 19 victories on the season.
“It’s great to have seniors step up like that,” said Hyde. “I am very proud of Katie, and she has worked really hard to be where she is now. That consistency from her is very important, especially in her senior year. That is what we hope from our seniors is that consistent play, and we just hope she can continue to play that way through the end of the year.”
Fellow senior Suess quickly followed suit, defeating Wake Forest’s Ryann Cutillo 6-4, 6-2 for the 101st victory of her career, second most in program history.
The Seminoles suffered only one loss on what was otherwise an extremely successful afternoon, as freshman Ruth Seaborne fell in a hard fought with Wake’s Ryann Cutillo 7-6 (7-3), 7-6 (7-5).
The Seminoles will now begin to prepare for a two match road trip to College Park, Md. to first play the No. 28 Maryland Terrapins (12-4, 2-3) on Friday, April 8 at 2:00 p.m. followed by a trip to Chestnut Hill, Mass. to play the No. 39 Boston College Eagles (7-9, 2-3) on Sunday, April 10 at 11:00 a.m.
“Today was a huge lift for us before we head into another big weekend on the road and we are definitely going to try to take some of that momentum with us,” said Hyde. “Overall it was a just good day. I am really proud of the girls, they did a fantastic job.”
1. #42 Katie Rybakova (FSU) def. #24 Martina Pavelec (WF) 6-3, 6-1
2. Francesca Segarelli (FSU) def. Kathryn Talbert (WF) 6-2, 6-1
3. #62 Noemie Scharle (FSU) def. Emilee Malvehy (WF) 6-2, 6-2
4. Kayla Duncan (WF) def. Ruth Seaborne (FSU) 7-6 (7-3), 7-6 (7-5)
5. Federica Suess (FSU) def. Ryann Cutillo (WF) 6-4, 6-2
6. Amy Sargeant (FSU) def. Anna Mydlowska (WF) 6-3, 6-4
Order to finish: 2, 3, 6*, 1, 5, 4
1. Scharle/Suess (FSU) def. #14 Talbert/Duncan (WF) 8-5
2. Segarelli/Seaborne (FSU) def. Pavelec/Malvehy (WF) 8-5
3. Sargeant/Rybakova (FSU) def. Mydlowska/Cutillo (WF) 8-6
Order to finish: 3, 1*, 2