Sept. 26, 2008
Greenville, SC- At the first tournament of the 2008-09 season, the Florida State women’s tennis team had to overcome rain delays that caused the singles matches to be moved to tomorrow, Saturday, September 27. The Seminoles competed in three different doubles flights in spite of beginning the day an hour late.
In the first flight, No. 40 sophomore Katie Rybakova and junior Lauren Macfarlane hit the courts in the morning to begin the battle against No. 35 Catherine Newman and Courtney Ulery of Vanderbilt, but despite best efforts, lost 8-3. At their next chance in the consolation semi-finals, Rybakova and Macfarlane upset No. 33 University of Tennessee Caitlin Whoriskey and Maria Sorbello 8-2. In the consolation final round, Rybakova and Macfarlane fell 9-7 to No. 7 Northwestern Lauren Lui and Georgia Rose.
“We had a pretty rough start today,” said head coach Jennifer Hyde. “As the day continued, we started playing a lot better. They stepped up their fundamentals, serving and moving well and returning well.”
In the second flight, junior Jessica Sucupira (Wente) and sophomore Federica Suess lost in the quarterfinals to University of Tennessee’s Rosalia Alda and Jennifer Meredith 8-4. At their second attempt of the day in the consolation semifinals, Sucupira and Suess defeated host Furman’s Jessica Preeg and Lauren Tomory 8-2. At the consolation finals, Sucupira and Suess matched up against Vanderbilt’s Jackie Wu and Chelsea Preeg and conquered Vanderbilts Jackie Wu and Chelsea Preeg 8-6.
Sophomore Bonny Davidson and freshman Justine Humair faced ACC rival Clemson’s Alexandra Luc and Ina Hadziselmovic, but were defeated 8-3 in the third flight. Davidson and Humair stepped up for the second match against another ACC rival, North Carolina’s Jocelyn Ffriend and Linzee Mabrey, at the consolation semi-finals to play, but were unsuccessful falling 8-5. In the final match of the day, Davidson and Humair beat Hannah Blatt and Erica Robertson 8-5.
“We definitely have a much clearer idea of what we have to work on,” said Hyde. “Today made it very clear what we need to work on in our doubles. We need to work on our fundamentals, making better decisions and executing a little bit better.”
Florida State will continue the tournament tomorrow beginning with two rounds of singles and the final round ending Sunday. Stay tuned with www.seminoles.com for the latest information on the tournament.