Oct. 25, 2009
ATLANTA, Ga. – As part of the women’s tennis team heads home to continue training in Tallahassee, sophomore No. 24 Noemie Scharle will stay behind as the lone Seminole to compete in the semifinals of the Wilson/ITA Southeast Regional Championship singles draw and faces No. 43 Nadja Gilchrest of Georgia Monday morning.
“So far this has been a very good tournament for our girls,” FSU Head Coach Jennifer Hyde said. “To have three players in the quarterfinals says a lot about the strength of our team. Unfortunately, two of our girls had to play against one another today.”
Scharle kicked-off the singles draw with a unique situation in that she was matched up against teammate Katie Rybakova. Rybakova, ranked No. 28 nationally, won the first set 6-2, but was unable to continue the momentum as Scharle fought back to win the second set 6-4. The third set featured Scharle pushing through and ultimately beating Rybakova 6-2 to advance to the semifinals.
“Noemie advances now into the semifinals,” Coach Hyde added. “She has definitely not played her best tennis this weekend but just keeps finding ways to win. There is a lot to play especially because Noemie did not have a chance to play last fall. I’m excited to see how she handles things and rises to the occasion.”
The early morning started off tough for the ‘Noles in the doubles draw as eighth seeded Lauren McCreless (Macfarlane) and Francesca Segarelli fell to Florida’s Embree and Will 8-3 who were seeded as first in the draw.
McCreless (Macfarlane) also lost to Florida’s Allie Will 6-1, 7-5 in a tough battle that ended the road for the senior in singles play.
“Lauren lost a tough match today, and the way the match ended was very unfortunate. She had a very solid game plan which was working very well, but a few missed executions at crucial times made a big difference in the outcome. It was a solid effort nonetheless.”