Oct. 20, 2006
Tuscaloosa, Ala. – Florida State’s showing at the ITA South Championships hosted by the University of Alabama highlighted Ania Rynarzewska upsetting the fifth seed in Singles A action. Today’s (October 20, 2006) action also included the Seminoles going undefeated in the Women’s B Singles.
In Singles Draw A, sophomore Ania Rynarzewska (Inowroclaw, Poland) upset five seed Laura Vallverdu, who is ranked 7th in the nation in doubles, of the University of Miami 6-3, 1-6, 7-6. Rynarzewska, along with junior Carolin Walter (Bingen, Germany) advances to the round of 16. Walter defeated UCF’s Elvi Serrot 6-0, 6-1. Freshman Lauren Macfarlane (Ogden, Utah) fell to No. 1 ranked Kristi Miller of Georgia Tech 4-6, 1-6. Senior Nicola Slater (Ayr, Scotland) lost to the 13th seed Whitney Benik of Florida 3-6, 6-3, 3-6. Freshman Jessica Wente faced eighth seed Alison Siverio of Georgia Tech and lost 2-6, 6-7 (4).
“Two freshmen both lost today to Georgia Tech players, but both of them had very good opportunities and as freshmen did a fantastic job of stepping up,” stated head coach Jennifer Hyde. “It is a sign of things to come. They both played against two highly ranked players from Georgia Tech, one of which is one in the country. Lauren (Macfarlane) was a point away from winning the first set of the match. Jess (Jessica Wente) surprised herself today, she has the ability to play up to other people’s levels.”
In Women’s B Singles, the Florida State participants went undefeated to advance to the round of 16. After receiving a bye to the round of 32, junior Tapiwa Marobela (Gaborone, Botswana) defeated Katherine Nowicki of Stetson 6-3, 6-1. Sophomore Suzanna Mansour (Greenacres, Fla.) defeated Bethune-Cookman’s Lucia Polakova 7-5, 6-3 in the round of 64 to advance to the 16 after beating UCF’s Kenza Belbacha 5-7, 6-0, 6-4. Senior Miranda Foley continued the winning streak against UCF’s Becky Gordon and Georgia State’s Rachel Malina with scores of 6-3, 6-0 and 6-1, 6-1 respectively.
Macfarlane/Slater were able to advance to the quarterfinals in Doubles round B. The duo defeated Georgia Tech’s Flower/Rudman 9-7 and then overtook Stetson’s Atkinson/Galbarina 8-3. The duo of Mansour/Rynarzewska defeated Alabama’s Brenes/Muller 8-3 in the round of 32 but fell to Florida’s Benik/Suvak 3-8.
In Doubles B, second seed Foley/Walter went on to defeat UCF’s duo of Belcacha/Gordon 8-3 in the round of 16 after receiving a bye in the round of 32. Marobela/Wente defeated North Florida’s Rogers/Sanchez 8-6 in the round of 32 but fell to third seeded Elsberry/Fakhoury of Georgia 2-8.
“Miranda (Foley) and Carolin (Walter) got down to a 3-1 lead and ended up winning seven straight games to win 8-3 in their doubles match,” continued Hyde. “A little bit of a slow start but a very strong finish.”
The team will take the court tomorrow at 9 a.m. Check back at Seminoles.com for updates.
The rest of the tournament is as follows:
Flight A and B singles round of 16
Flight A and B singles consolation round of 16
Flight A and B singles quarterfinals
Flight A and B singles consolation quarterfinals
Flight A and B doubles quarterfinals
Flight A and B singles semifinals
Flight A and B singles consolation semifinals
Flight A and B singles finals
Flight A and B singles consolation finals
Flight A and B doubles semifinals
Flight A and B doubles finals