April 19, 2011
GREENSBORO, N.C. – The Atlantic Coast Conference has announced that Florida State’s dynamic sophomore Amy Sargeant (Walsall, England) has been named as the ACC Women’s Tennis Players of the Week, along with Virginia’s Lindsey Hardenbergh for the final period of April 10-17. The honor caps off a huge weekend for Florida State following their 4-2 upset victories over No. 3 Duke and No. 4 North Carolina.
The honor is the first of Sargeant’s career. Sargeant was instrumental in both FSU victories, winning in three out of four doubles and singles matches. It extended a remarkable comeback for Sargeant, who recently returned to action at the end of February after missing nearly nine months due to hip surgery.
Against North Carolina, Sargeant teamed up with senior Katie Rybakova, and the two fought back from behind to defeat the Tar Heels’ tandem of Haley Hemm and Tessa Lyons 9-8 (10-8) to clinch the critical doubles point victory. In singles, Sargeant was again victorious, defeating Lyons 6-1, 6-3 to push the Seminoles lead to 3-0.
Against Duke, Sargeant battled back and forth against No. 79 Mary Clayton, winning the match 7-6 (7-1), 6-7 (4-7), 6-3 to clinch the Seminoles victory over the Blue Devils. The wins over North Carolina and Duke rank as the two highest ranked opponents the Seminoles have defeated in program history.
Florida State will now travel to Cary, North Carolina for the ACC Championships. The fifth seeded Seminoles (12-7, 7-4) will hit the courts Thursday afternoon as they face the No. 12 seeded Wake Forest Demon Deacons (6-15, 0, 11) at 12 p.m. at the Cary Tennis Center.