March 17, 2012
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The No. 39 Florida State women’s tennis team fell to the No.25 Georgia Tech today, 5-2 in front of an energized crowd at the Scott Speicher Tennis Center.
For the first time ever, both the men’s and women’s tennis teams played their matches simultaneously, drawing a big crowd and great display of college tennis. The men’s team would defeat Clemson, 4-3.
“Today was a great environment for college tennis,” Head Coach Jennifer Hyde said. “With both men’s and women’s team playing side-by-side, that’s something we’ve never done before. I think it was a very cool experience for the student athletes. I’m happy to see the men won their match over Clemson 4-3. I wish we could have played a bit better against Georgia Tech. We had our chances in doubles and we came up a little short. I do think things could have been different for us heading in to singles with that doubles point under our belts.”
The Seminoles lost the doubles point with two matches being decided by tiebreaker. After being down 6-3, junior Amy Sargeant and freshman Mia Vriens staged a gutsy comeback to take the lead 8-7. The team of Lynn Blau and Elizabeth Kilborn would tie the match at 8 before eventually sealing the doubles point in tiebreak, at 9-8 (7-4).
Junior Francesca Segarelli and freshman Leyla Erkan would also survive a fight in doubles, as they took their match in tiebreak points 9-8.
In singles, the Seminoles continued to win matches on the fifth and sixth courts as junior Carolina De los Santos won her match on court five against Angelescu, 6-3, 6-3 on court six.
After falling behind in the first set, junior Amy Sargeant found her stride as she went on to defeat Blau 3-6, 6-4, 6-3.
“In singles, we need to do a better job of putting complete matches together”, Hyde said. “We’re not firing on all six courts right now. We’re going to keep working; we still have a lot of tennis ahead of us. We have some hurdles to get over and this week will provide us with three more opportunities to do just that, with matches on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday.”
The Seminoles will host TCU on Wednesday at 3 p.m. at the Scott Speicher Tennis Center before heading out to battle two Carolina teams in NC State and Wake Forest.
1. O’Neil/Anghelesca def. Seaborne/De Los Santos: 8-4
2. Blau/Kilbourn def. Sargeant/Vriens: 9-8
3. Erkan/Segarelli def. Ngo/Wacker: 9-8
Order of finish: 3,1,2
1. Jillian O’Neil def. Leyla Erkan: 6-2,6-4
2. Elizabeth Kilbourn def. Mia Vriens: 6-2, 6-1
3. Christina Ngo def. Francesca Segarelli: 6-2,6-3
4. Jasmine Minor ret. Ruth Seaborne: 7-6, 4-2 ret.
5. Carolina De los Santos def. Angelescu: 6-3, 6-3
6. Amy Sargeant (FSU) def. Lynn Blau: 3-6, 6-4, 6-3
Order of finish: 2,5,1,3,4,6