Feb. 22, 2006
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Despite giving a hard fight, the No. 57-ranked Florida State women’s tennis team dropped a 5-2 decision to No. 43 Louisiana State Wednesday night at Scott Speicher Tennis Center. With the loss, the Seminoles fell to 6-2 on the season and the Tigers improved to 5-1 overall.
For just the second time all season, the Seminoles failed to clinch the doubles point after picking up just one victory at court No. 2. Florida State’s Suzanna Mansour (Greenacres, Fla.) and Ania Rynarzewska (Inowroclaw, Poland) improved to an impressive 5-1 as a pair after beating Marina Chiarelli and Mykala Hedberg, 8-3. At the top court sophomore Tapiwa Marobela (Gaborone, Botswana) and junior Nicola Slater (Ayr, Scotland) slipped 8-5 to Lauren Seaman and Tiffany Tucker while the Tigers’ Camila Caliari and Daysi Espinal beat junior Whitney Eber (Naples, Fla.) and senior Alina Mihailescu (Constanta, Romania), 8-3.
LSU built the lead to 2-0 with a victory on court one before Slater picked up a 7-5, 6-2 win in the fourth slot against Anastasiya Dubuva to put the Seminoles within one. However, the Tigers answered back at court six when Caliari defeated Eber 6-0, 7-5 for the 3-1 LSU lead.
Florida State gave a gutsy performance at courts 2, 3 and 5 and attempted a comeback. However, the Tigers’ Tucker defeated Mansour in the fifth slot (6-4, 3-6, 6-3) for the Louisiana State victory. Mihailescu eventually fell to Chirelli at No. 3 (3-6, 6-2, 6-3) while Rynarzewska picked up a respectable 4-6, 7-6(5), 6-1 victory versus Seaman in the No. 2 position.
The Seminoles will turnaround and face UAB on Friday, Feb. 24, at 2pm. All matches at Scott Speicher Tennis Center are free of charge.
Florida State Head Coach Jennifer Hyde
(on the match)
“We put ourselves in position to win at doubles. At No. 1 they [Marobela and Slater] were right in there but made crucial mistakes at important times. As for singles, our team fought really hard despite the fact that LSU went up at one point…3-1. At court six Whitney fought back in the second set and that energy transferred to Nicola at No. 4 and that energy transferred all the way down to Nos. 3 and 5. We really started picking things up towards the end and positioned ourselves to win the match. I told our girls afterwards that they can compete with anyone and I feel confident going to into the UAB match [on Friday]. I think they did really well.”