March 30, 2012
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The No.37 Florida State women’s tennis team continued to roll as they defeated No.69 Maryland today with a score of 6-1 at the Scott Speicher Tennis Center.
“Today was a great day all around for this team,” Head Coach Jennifer Hyde said. “There is no doubt that things are falling in to place right now. We’re heading in the right direction and at the right time.”
Despite a three-point rally, junior Amy Sargeant and freshman Leyla Erkan would fall in their match to Cristina Stancu and Vroni Van Berlo 8-6 on court two, leaving the ladies on court one to decide the doubles point.
The match on court one proved to be epic as junior Francesca Segarelli and sophomore Ruth Seaborne fell into an early hole against the No. 15 pair of Welma Luus and Ana Bulzunce 5-2. Seaborne and Seagarelli would take four straight games to take the lead, 6-5. From there the match see-sawed as the score was tied three times at 6-6, 7-7 and 8-8 before the Seminoles would break it open in the tiebreak, taking the match 9-8 (7-4) to give FSU the 1-0 edge.
As Seaborne and Segarelli extended their record to 9-1 on the spring, they snatched the first victory over a top 20 opponent in either singles or doubles this season.
“Getting another doubles point today speaks volumes of the strides we are making in that area,” Hyde said. “Our number one doubles team pulled off an upset over a ranked pair in order to clinch the doubles point and get us on the board early. That was a huge bit of momentum heading in to singles play.”
In singles, Sargeant put together another solid showing on court six as she defeated Hansbrough, 6-2, 6-4 for her 11th win on the season. Moments later, De Los Santos wrapped up a victory on court five as she defeated Irazusta, 6-3, 6-2. As she notched her 12th win on the spring, the Seminoles extended their lead, 3-0.
The Terrapins would make the score 3-1 with No.31 Stanchu defeating Erkan 6-0, 6-1 on court one. But minutes later, Seaborne took her match on court three against Berlo, 6-0, 6-2, sealing the match for the Seminoles at 4-1.
Fighting off the rain with two matches to go, Segarelli was able to cap off her match with a win on court four as she beat Luus, 6-4, 6-2.
Vriens would add the sixth point for the Seminoles as she outlasted a battle on court two against Belzunce, 7-6, 6-4.
“It was great to see so many of the girls really step up today and take control of their points and their matches,” Hyde said. “When they attack a competition with that kind of mindset, they are a very tough team to beat. I’m so pleased and so proud of their effort today. We will enjoy this win for a day, but are looking ahead to keep this streak alive.”
It won’t be long before the Seminoles have a chance to defend their four match winning streak as they will take the court against No.66 Boston College on Sunday at 11 a.m. at the Scott Speicher Tennis Center. Check back to Seminoles.com and Twitter (FSU_Wtennis) for more information.
1. No. 31 Cristina Stancu Leyla Erkan: 7-6 (7-5), 6-2
2. Mia Vriens def. Ana Bulzunce: 7-6, 6-4
3. Ruth Seaborne def. Vroni Van Berlo :6-0, 6-2
4. Francesca Segarelli def. Welma Luus:6-4, 6-2
5. Carolina De los Santos def. Mikele Irazusta: 6-3, 6-2
6. Amy Sargeant def. Jordan Hansbrough: 6-2, 6-4
Order of finish: 6,5,1,3,4,2
1. Francesca Segarelli/Ruth Seaborne def. No. 15 Luus/Belzunce: 9-8 (7-4)
2. Stanchu/Berlo def. Erkan/ Sargeant : 8-6
3. De Los Santos/Vriens def. Hansbrough/Irazusta: 8-2
Order of finish: 3,2,1