Nov. 10, 2006
Coral Gables, Fla. – Florida State traveled to the University of Miami to participate in the Miami Invitational against teams from the south. The three day competition consisted of the University of Miami, Florida International, Florida Atlantic, University of Iowa and Clemson. Today’s, November 10th, action was highlighted by six of seven student-athletes advancing to the semifinals of singles play tomorrow.
In singles Draw 1, freshman Lauren Macfarlane (Ogden, Utah) topped Jacqueline Lee of Iowa 6-2, 6-2. Senior Nicola Slater (Ayr, Scotland) fell to Miami’s Laura Vallvedu 1-6, 3-6. Macfarlane advanced to the semifinals while Slater will play in the back draw tomorrow.
Draw 2 of singles play featured freshman Jessica Wente (Whitehouse, Texas) and junior Carolin Walter (Bingen, Germany) defeating their opponents. Wente routed Ina Hadziselimovic of Clemson 6-3, 6-3 while Walter topped FAU’s Claudia Kecht 6-1, 6-4.
Senior Miranda Foley (Cambridge, England) faced Miami’s Caren Seenauth and won 3-6, 6-0, 6-3 in Draw 3 while sophomore Suzanna Mansour (Greenacres, Fla.) defeated Kayla Berry of Iowa 7-5, 7-5 in Draw 4. Junior Tapiwa Marobela (Gaborone, Botswana) topped Iowa’s Merel Beelen 6-2, 6-2.
In double’s Draw B, Foley and Wente took down both opponents to advance to the finals. They defeated Miami’s Seenauth/Sabatino 8-5 then beat Clemson’s VanAdrichem/Hadziselimovic 8-3. Walter/Mansour topped FAU’s Simone/Totevska 8-2 but fell to D’Armas/Petrauskaite of FIU 7-9 in the semifinals.
In doubles Draw A, Slater/Macfarlane fell to Brito/Luc of Clemson 7-9 then fell to FIU’s Fountain/Zabala 5-8 in the back draw.
“We got off to a slow start in doubles for a couple of the teams, “said head coach Jennifer Hyde. “Foley and Wente have been coming together well as a partnership. It was a slow start but we finished the day strong winning six of seven singles matches. Everyone felt very good about the way we finished the afternoon. We are looking forward to tomorrow with a flight championship in doubles with Foley and Wente. I think everyone is excited and fired up about the next two days of competition.”
Tomorrow’s play begins at 8 a.m. and should conclude around 2 p.m. Check back for results on Seminoles.com.