Nov. 5, 2009
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – In spite of performing at their best so far throughout the fall season, Florida State’s No. 24 Noemie Scharle and No. 28 Katie Rybakova fell in the first round of the ITA National Indoor Singles Championship Thursday, November 5. Both ‘Noles now have a chance to redeem themselves in the singles consolation round beginning Friday morning at the Cullman-Heyman Tennis Center on Yale’s campus.
“Today was a tough day for the Seminoles,” FSU Associate Head Coach Oliver Foreman said. “I think both girls are feeling fairly disappointed in the fact their opponents didn’t win the match, but we gave the match away. Both matches were very similar from that standpoint. We had plenty of game-point chances in both sets of the matches and at this elite level playing top 10 players, those opportunities must not be given away which we did today.”
Scharle, a sophomore from Colmar-Berg, Luxembourg, was the first Seminole to fall in her match against No. 58 Denise Dy of Washington, seeded seventh in the draw, 6-3, 6-2.
A native of Coral Springs, Fla., Rybakova hit the courts to face No. 9 Josipa Bek of Clemson. The junior fell to the conference foe 6-4, 6-3.
“After chatting with both Katie and Noemie after their matches, there was some great feedback from how their matches progressed and what we did well out there and where things went wrong,” Coach Foreman added. “It’s definitely clear both girls learned from those matches and tomorrow is a new day with hopefully a very different outcome. The consolation will be no easier tomorrow since they will still be surrounded by top 30 players in the country, but they did say they would not be happy leaving this tournament 0 and 2. I feel confident we will see some different players out on the court tomorrow with a couple of wins.”
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