March 4, 2007
MIAMI, Fla. – The No. 50 Florida State women’s tennis team increased their record to 7-2 with a win over No. 28 Florida International (6-4) on Saturday, March 5. The Seminoles battled hard to win the final four singles matches to come on top of the Golden Panthers.
“The conditions today were a little difficult,” stated head coach Jennifer Hyde. “We had to adjust to the wind; in all of the positions we did a pretty good job of playing with the windy conditions. More then anything, I don’t think we played our best tennis, but we played with complete heart, tons of heart and that is why we won today. We just had a little bit more heart then they did. We were willing to stay out there for one more ball.”
FIU received the doubles point with two wins over FSU. Senior Nicola Slater (Ayr, Scotland) and junior Carolin Walter (Bingen, Germany) won 8-4 against Egle Petrauskaite and Priscilla Castillo. Sophomore Ania Rynarzewska (Inowroclaw, Poland) and freshman Lauren Macfarlane fell 3-8 to Paula Zabala and Nikkita Fountain.
Although freshman-senior duo Jessica Wente (Whitehouse, Texas) and Miranda Foley (Cambridge, England) fell 7-9 against Shilla D’Armas and Marijana Cutuk, they were down 5-1 at one point and fought back to 7-5 and had a few match points to win the match but ended losing.
Singles matches began with losses for Slater and Rynarzewska against Zabala and Petrauskaite, respectively. Rynarzewska fought a tough second set but fell 0-6, 4-6. Slater went down in a tough battle as well losing 5-7, 3-6. At this point of the match, Florida International was winning 3-0.
Wente came off of the courts next for the Seminoles with a decisive win over Maria Dolores Pazo 6-4, 6-2. Shortly after she won, Macfarlane clinched her win in the three spot over Cutuk 6-2, 6-4. Walter had a solid first set and then went neck and neck in the second set winning 6-2, 7-6.
Junior Tapiwa Marobela (Gaborone, Botswana) clinched the winning point by battling it out with Priscilla Castillo. Marobela won the first set 6-2, fell in the second set 6-7 and came back in the third set to win 7-5. In the second set, she was down one point at 2-5 and came back but fell short. Marobela had a very good service game and solid return game. Three hours and thirty minutes later, Marobela served it out for the 7-5 win.
“It was a big win for our program today,” continued Hyde. “FIU is a very good team, very deep team and very competitive team. At the end of the day it was a battle of will for Tapiwa (Marobela) with the last point and everyone off the court and the team score tied 3-3. It was a battle of will of who wanted it most and who was willing to hit one more ball on the court. She had a tremendous amount of fight today. Having all that pressure on your shoulder is something that each girl is going to experience in their career and Marobela handled it very well today.”
Florida State stays in south Florida this week with a match against the University of Miami on Tuesday, March 6 at 11 a.m.
No. 50 Florida State 4, No. 28 Rice 3
1. Nicola Slater/Carolin Walter (FSU) def. Egle Petrauskaite/Priscilla Castillo (FIU), 8-4
2. No. 54 Paula Zabala/Nikkita Fountain (FIU) def. Ania Rynarzewska/Lauren Macfarlane (FSU), 8-3
3. Shilla D’Armas/Marijana Cutuk (FIU) def. Jessica Wente/Miranda Foley (FSU), 9-7
Order of finish: 1, 2, 3
1. Paula Zabala (FIU) def. No. 63 Nicola Slater (FSU), 7-5, 6-3
2. Egle Petrauskaite (FIU) def. No. 52 Ania Rynarzewska (FSU), 6-0, 6-4
3. Lauren Macfarlane (FSU) def. Marijana Cutuk (FIU), 6-2, 6-4
4. Carolin Walter (FSU) def. Shilla D’Armas (FIU), 6-2, 7-6
5. Jessica Wente (FSU) def. Maria Dolores Pazo (FIU), 6-4, 6-2
6. Tapiwa Marobela (FSU) def. Priscilla Castillo (FIU), 6-2, 6-7, 7-5
Order of finish: 2, 1, 5, 3, 4, 6