April 4, 2008
College Park, Md. – Sophomore Lauren Macfarlane took the final swing to end a short skid and secure a conference win for the No. 18 Florida State women’s tennis squad. The Seminoles defeated Maryland 5-2 on the Terrapins’ home court after picking up the doubles point and four singles victories.
“It’s been a very intense 10 days playing UNC, Duke and Georgia Tech,” said head coach Jennifer Hyde. “We’ve been burning it at both ends and with a few players out of the line-up, the girls did a great job of stepping up and readying themselves for more ACC competition today.”
Macfarlane, ranked No. 72 in the nation, rebounded from a tough loss Wednesday night at home against Georgia Tech to defeat Maryland’s Michal Amir 8-3 on court one and secure the Seminole team victory. The win was Macfarlane’s second over the Terrapins’ top player in as many years.
Freshman No. 30 Katie Rybakova continued her newfound bulldozing streak to earn the Seminoles’ first singles victory on court two with a 6-2, 6-3 defeat over Maryland’s Karin Lundmark. Rybakova has now won three straight conference matches including two huge victories over the #4 and #14 ranked players in the country.
Senior Carolin Walter won the Seminoles’ second singles point with a 6-4, 6-1 defeat of the Terappins’ Maggie MacKeever in the number three spot. Freshman Bonny Davidson had a chance to clinch the match after Walter’s win, but the rookie’s effort at forcing a third set fell short on court six, losing 6-2, 7-5(2) to Oksana Krutiyenko.
Fellow newcomer Federica Suess came away with a victory after the team match was won. Suess was up 3-0 over Julia Huschke of UM in the third set when her opponent retired, giving the freshman her sixth consecutive victory 4-6, 6-2, 3-0 (ret.).
Senior Tapiwa Marobela finished singles last for Florida State, nearly pulling out the team’s fifth singles win on court four in a close third set. Marobela fell to 3-6, 6-3, 7-5 to Maryland’s Lisa Miller.
The Seminoles secured the doubles point earlier in the day with two big doubles wins. Macfarlane and fellow sophomore Jessica Wente defeated Huscke and Lundmark 8-5 on court two to clinch the point while seniors Walter and Marobela pounced on MacKeever and Krutiyenko 8-2 on court two.
Rybakova and junior Ania Rynarzewska, ranked No. 33 in the country, were upset on court one by Amir and Miller 8-3.
The Seminoles will be back in action on Sunday against Boston College at 9:30 a.m.
#18 Florida State 5, Maryland 2
1. Amir/Miller (MD) def. Rybakova/Rynarzewska (FSU), 8-3
2. Wente/Macfarlane (FSU) def. Lundmark/Huschke (MD), 8-5
3. Walter/Marobela (FSU) def. MacKeever/Krutiyenko (MD), 8-2
Order of Finish: 3,1,2
1. Macfarlane (FSU) def. Amir (MD), 6-1, 7-6 (4)
2. Rybakova (FSU) def. Lundmark (MD), 6-2, 6-3
3. Walter (FSU) def. MacKeever (MD), 6-4, 6-1
4. Miller (MD) def. Marobela (FSU), 3-6, 6-3, 7-5
5. Suess (FSU) def. Huschke (MD), 4-6, 6-2, 3-0, ret.
6. Krutiyenko (MD) def. Davidson (FSU), 6-2, 7-5 (4)
Order of Finish: 2,3,6,1,5,4