May 21, 2009
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – In one of her best performances of the season, freshman Noemie Scharle fell in a heartbreaking lost to the No. 1 player in the country, Maria Mosolova of Northwestern, in a three-set battle at the Georgia P. Mitchell Tennis Center. What began with the nation’s top 64 players in the country will now slim down to the top 16 student-athletes vying to be crowned as the 2009 NCAA Women’s Tennis Singles Champion.
The Seminole kicked-off the exciting day in the first match in the round of 32 facing the nation’s top athlete in Mosolova who entered the match against Scharle with an impressive 31-7 record this season. Scharle started off the battle strong from the start as she dominated Mosolova 6-3 in the first set to give her an extra boost into the second set. After swapping leads in the second set, Mosolova was too much for Scharle as she fell 4-6 to push the match into a third set. Scharle knew she had to continue fighting if she still wanted a chance at winning. However, things started to look grim for the Seminole as an injury began to show itself. Scharle was able to fight back and tie the score 5-5, but the momentum slowly slipped away as Mosolova won the next game to take the lead and then closed out the match with a 7-5 victory.
Although the road has come to an end for the freshman, Scharle finished her season with a notable 17-7 record and has proven to be one of the Seminoles’ strongest forces for next season.