Feb. 1, 2013
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – After climbing seven spots in the ITA poll this week , the No. 29 Florida State women’s tennis team (3-1) heads to Tampa, Fla. for a dual match against USF (1-3) on Saturday at 11 a.m.
“We play USF around this time every year,” head coach Jennifer Hyde said. “In the past few years, they’ve gotten us. It’s a good match for us. It’s a good test and our rankings keep going up, so we’ve got a lot to defend and I know the girls will be ready to go.”
The last time Florida State won versus USF was back in 2009, when the Seminoles swept the Bulls 6-0. USF has won the last three-straight against the `Noles, each in tight, upsetting fashion.
“It’s on,” senior Amy Sargeant said. “We haven’t beaten them since I’ve been here and for Fran (Segarelli) and I it’s a big deal. It’s been close matches each year and we know we’re good enough, but every time it has slipped out of our hands.”
After playing their first match with a full squad, the Seminoles are coming off a 4-2 win against Rice at the ITA Kick-off Weekend in Waco, Texas. Segarelli clinched the match for FSU on court three as she defeated Katie Gate 5-7,7-6 (5), 6-1 in a three-set thriller.
“It made a difference having six strong in the lineup,” Hyde said. “One thing that was obvious is that we compete pretty hard. It’s different this year – we’re a little more quiet as far as competition goes. We’re not crazy, we just put our heads down and get to work and we can do it for complete matches. It’s very exciting to see. It’s a calm, competitive wave we’ve got going.”
With only one win in the 2013 season, USF is coming off a 7-0 loss to top-ranked Florida. The Bulls won their season opener against Syracuse 6-1 back on Jan. 12. USF also has two ranked singles players in No. 35 Katie Vasenina and No. 75 Loreta Alonso. Together, they’re ranked 50th in doubles.
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