Oct. 1, 2008
Tallahassee, Fla. – At the first day of qualifying singles at the 2008 Riviera All-American Championships, sophomore Katie Rybakova (Coral Springs, Fla) is already showing her true Seminole pride by defeating two ranked opponents, concluding the day with a 2-0 record.
Rybakova began her day by defeating Vanderbilt’s No. 56 Courtney Ulery 6-1, 7-6 (3). Rybakova then faced her most challenging match of the day against San Francisco’s No. 62 Jennifer Lee Heisner. Keeping her composure and working on her patience, Rybakova won the first set 6-3. In the second set, unforced errors by Rybakova allowed Ulery to win 6-4. The third set of the match was when patience truly tested Rybakova, but like a true Seminole, she worked hard and won 6-3, leaving the court with a final score of 6-3, 4-6, 6-3.
“I am definitely proud of Katie today,” head coach Jennifer Hyde said. “She is working on her patience and not forcing plays to much which truly made the difference today in both her matches. She definitely outworked her opponents.”
Struggling in her sole singles match of the day was junior Lauren Macfarlane. No. 53 Macfarlane battled against No. 48 Lindsay Burdette of Stanford in the first set which came down to the tie breaker in which Burdette pulled through for the win 7-6 (6). In spite of coming back and winning the second set 6-2, Macfarlane fell in the third to lose 6-0. Macfarlane concluded the day with an overall score of 7-6 (6), 2-6, 6-0.
“Lauren had some great sets and definitely had some great opportunities today,” said Hyde. “The match could have been in her favor after winning the second set, but unfortunately the third set got the best of her. She will get through this tough spot and regain her mental toughness.”
Later that day, Rybakova and Macfarlane hit the court for the doubles match to face second seed Vanja Corovic and Marija Milic of Texas, but were unsuccessful and lost 8-6. Rybakova and Macfarlane will hit the courts again later today to play two rounds of doubles.
Rybakova will face ACC rival Georgia Tech’s Irina Falconi later today to progress into the main draw.
“This is the great thing about sports,” said Hyde.” You are constantly faced with challenges and are given the opportunity to rise above them.”
First Round Singles Qualifying
Katie Rybakova defeated Courtney Ulery (Vanderbilt) 6-1, 7-6 (3).
Lindsay Burdette (Standford) defeated Lauren Macfarlane 7-6 (6), 2-6, 6-0.
Second Round Singles Qualifying
Katie Rybakova defeated Jennifer Lee Heisner (San Francisco) 6-33, 4-6,6-3.
First Round Doubles Qualifying
Vanja Corovic and Marija Milic (Texas) defeated Rybakova and Macfarlane 8-6.