Oct. 24, 2009
ATLANTA, Ga. – The Florida State women’s tennis team closed the second day of the Wilson/ITA Southeast Regional Championships riding the wave of success. Three Seminoles and one doubles team will compete in the quarterfinals of the championships beginning Sunday at 8 a.m. at Georgia Tech’s Bill Moore Tennis Center.
“Today we had six out of our seven girls in the last 16 of the singles event, which is more than any other team at his tournament,” FSU Associate Head Coach Oliver Foreman said. “It clearly shows how deep our team is to see Noemie, Lauren, and Katie in the quarter finals of the singles event is the best position I think FSU has ever been in at a regional tournament.”
As the only doubles threat to move on to the quarterfinals, eighth seeded Lauren McCreless (Macfarlane) and Francesca Segarelli opened the morning posting an 8-1 win over Georgia’s Ellis and Ueshima. The duo will take the courts Sunday morning at 8 a.m. to face No. 1 seeded Embree and Will of Florida.
On the singles front, head coach Jennifer Hyde will have to prepare herself for a new site as two Seminoles will face each other in the quarterfinals. Sophomore Noemie Scharle and junior Katie Rybakova each earned two victories to advance to the fourth round and will battle it out to earn a spot in the semifinals.
No. 24 Scharle, seeded fourth in the draw, posted her first win over Miami’s Danielle Mills 2-6, 6-3, 7-6 (4) and went on to overpower Jenny Frisell of Central Florida 6-7, 6-4, 6-2.
“Noemie is fighting some demons right now, but each win she has is a huge confidence builder,” Coach Foreman added. “She battled her way through both matches today and to see that fight in her, that no matter how tough it can be out there she found a way to win, is very reassuring from a coaches perspective.”
Fifth seeded Rybakova, ranked No. 28 nationally, first overwhelmed Georgia Tech’s Lynn Blau 6-3, 6-3 and continued on the warpath when she beat South Florida’s Melissa Koning 6-4, 6-2.
“Katie remains tough in singles, and Francesca’s performance in doubles gives them a chance tomorrow to take another step forward to competing at the national indoors.”
Also earning a spot in the quarterfinals was No. 94 McCreless. The eleventh seeded ‘Nole rolled past Jessica Zok of South Florida and defeated Miami’s Bianca Eickhorn 7-5, 6-3. The senior now faces No. 6 Laura Vallverdu of Miami on Sunday.
“Revenge was Lauren’s motivation going on court for her second match and is what she commented on prior to playing Bianca,” said Coach Foreman. “Her attitude was outstanding and she is the only Seminole right now sitting in the quarter finals of both singles and doubles. For her, last year’s performance was tough to swallow, but she is a completely different player to that of 12 months ago and its awesome to sit and watch her compete.”