April 5, 2012
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The No.31 Florida State women’s tennis team will put their five-match winning streak to the test as they travel to the state of North Carolina for the second time this season. On Friday, the Seminoles will face No.8 North Carolina at 11 a.m. in Chapel Hill, N.C. before heading to Durham, N.C. on Saturday to take on No.3 Duke at 11 a.m.
“We have two very big opportunities ahead of us this weekend,” Head Coach Jennifer Hyde said. “We have a lot to play for this weekend, including keeping our winning streak alive as well as the opportunity to continue to move up in the rankings with a possibility to put ourselves in a position to host the first two rounds of NCAA’s in May. We have been in this same position during the last few years, so this is nothing new to us.”
The Seminoles are in the midst of a five-match winning streak with wins over TCU, NC State, Wake Forest, Maryland and Boston College. With four matches remaining before the ACC Tournament, Florida State is currently 11-6 on the season with a 4-3 showing in the conference.
Junior Francesca Segarelli and sophomore Ruth Seaborne have teamed up again as a doubles pair to go 9-1 on the spring. This past weekend they snatched two wins over ranked opponents as they took down the No.15 team representing Maryland of Welma Luus and Ana Belzunce in a tiebreak, 9-8 (7-4). On Sunday, the pair held on against the No.38 team from Boston College of 8-6.
Seaborne is carrying a five-match winning streak in singles, which was sparked during her match against TUC’s Federica Denit. While on court five, Seaborne fell into a 5-0 hole in the third set before coming back to take the match 4-6, 6-3, 7-5. Working her way up, Seaborne recently defeated Jessica Wacnik of Boston College on court two 6-2, 6-3. She is 10-6 on the spring.
Juniors Carolina De los Santos and Amy Sargeant contributed 20 victories while on courts five and six. De Los Santos has played the majority of the season on court five where she has posted an 8-1 record while Sargeant is 12-2 when she’s defending court six.
The Tar Heels have a 12-3 record and a 6-0 showing in the ACC. North Carolina is led in doubles by the No.4 pair of Shiann Featherston and Lauren McHale who have and a record of 15-2 on the spring. Both of those losses were to duos ranked inside the top 15. In singles, the Tar Heels will field one ranked player in No.30 Zoe De Bruycker.
Duke’s Beatrice Capra is the No.2 singles player in the country and has only one loss on the season. The Blue Devils also field three ranked doubles teams with four players with the No.25 pair of Capra and Rachel Kahan. Capra has teamed up with Ester Goldfield as the No.32 duo and Goldfield has paired with Mary Clayton at No.42.
The Blue Devils are 17-2 on the season with losses to No. 1 UCLA and No. 2 Florida. In addition, they’re 6-0 in the ACC.
Last season the Seminoles defeated both the Tar Heels and Blue Devils in the same weekend while on an eight match winning streak.
“Now is the time that we really step up during the season,” Hyde said. “I can’t wait for the girls to get busy as they take full advantage of what is ahead this weekend.”
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