March 26, 2010
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – In one of the most tumultuous matches of the season, the No. 17 Florida State women’s tennis team (7-7, 1-2) posted its first Atlantic Coast Conference win of the season Friday, March 26 as it topped No. 30 Virginia 5-2 at the Scott Speicher Tennis Center. The Seminoles now face their second conference foe of the weekend as they welcome Virginia Tech on Sunday at 10:30 a.m.
“It was a crazy match,” FSU Head Coach Jennifer Hyde said. “We did a great job in doubles by getting the doubles point. Then we got down in singles by losing all first sets except on Fran’s court. It was a little bit of a slow start after doubles. This team did a tremendous job of fighting back. You could feel the momentum shift very clearly at a certain point in the match. This is a credit to our team because they really fought.”
The `Noles kicked-off the match strong by posting back-to-back triumphs on court one and three to win FSU’s first point.
After falling on court two to give Virginia the lead, court one saw Lauren McCreless and Francesca Segarelli upsetting No. 40 Emily Fraser and Jennifer Stevens 8-1 to tie the score.
Despite flexing their muscles in doubles, the Seminoles struggled in singles as all but one `Nole lost their first set.
However, McCreless highlighted the day by entering a three-way tie with Sucupira and former Seminole Ali Weber as FSU’s all-time career singles wins leader with her 94th triumph as she surpassed No. 41 Lindsey Hardenbergh 2-6, 6-2, 6-1 on court one.
“This says a lot about the girls [Jessica and Lauren],” Coach Hyde said. “They came in here four years ago and bought into this program. They have worked so hard to get every accolade they’ve earned and will earn. It will be great for them when their collegiate career is over in May to walk away being in the record books.”
“This is an honor,” McCreless said. “It’s not something a lot of people get to do. I’m glad I’m there with Jess. I’ve come a long way. We’ve been here four years and it’s hard to say who will win but it doesn’t really matter. It’s just about how you have to do your part for the team and for Florida State. You have to keep winning for them and if along the way I get some wins and honorable mentions then that’s fine too.”
Court five featured the Cavaliers posting their first match point as senior Jessica Sucupira fell to Jennifer Stevens 6-1, 6-1.
Virginia continued the momentum on court four with Tomaljanovich surpassing No. 44 Noemie Scharle 6-3, 6-4 to win its second match point.
Marking FSU’s second point was No. 104 Rybakova on court three. Although the junior fell in the first set 6-3 to Erin Vierra, Rybakova bounced back by posting a 6-1 score in both the second and third set to win the match.
As the only `Nole to win her match in two sets, Segarelli dominated Emily Fraser 6-3, 7-6 (7) to win Florida State’s third point.
Up next was Federica Suess as the junior secured the victory for the Garnet and Gold on court four. After falling 6-4 to Fuccillo in the first set, the `Nole fought back to take the second set 6-3 and continued the momentum in the final set with 6-3 mark.
Fans are encouraged to cheer the Seminoles on Sunday as admission into the Scott Speicher Tennis Center is free. Follow the match with live stats on www.seminoles.com, Facebook on the Florida State women’s tennis match or Twitter @FSU_WTENNIS.
Doubles: 2, 1, 3*
1. McCreless/Segarelli def. No. 40 Fraser/Stevens 8-1
2. No. 50 Hardenbergh/Vierra def. Suess/Sucupira 8-0
3. Sargeant/Rybakova def. Fuccillo/Tomaljanovich 8-1
Singles: 5, 4, 3, 2, 6*, 1
1. No. 27 Lauren McCreless def. No. 41Lindsey Hardenbergh 2-6, 6-2, 6-1
2. Francesca Segarelli def. Emily Fraser 6-3, 7-6 (7)
3. No. 104 Katie Rybakova def. Erin Vierra3-6, 6-1, 6-1
4. Hana Tomaljanovich def. Noemie Scharle 6-3, 6-4
5. Jennifer Stevens def. Jessica Sucupira 6-1, 6-1
6. Federica Suess def. Maria Fuccillo 4-6, 6-3, 6-3