February 5, 2006 - by
With Tennis Legend Martina Navratilova In Attendance, Seminoles Win Two Matches

Feb. 5, 2006



TALLAHASSEE, Fla.The Florida State women’s tennis received a nice treat Sunday morning when they arrived to Scott Speicher Tennis Center and were welcomed by tennis legend Martina Navratilova.   Navratilova, who showed up to practice on the tennis courts at Florida State while passing through Tallahassee, socialized with the coaches and players and posed for pictures.  


An appearance by the one of the games best proved beneficial for the Seminoles as the team went 2-0 and dominated on Sunday. FSU defeated Bethune-Cookman College 7-0 followed by another 5-0 win over the Florida A&M Rattlers.  With the two wins, the Seminoles remain undefeated at 3-0, while B-CC fell to 1-1 overall and the Rattlers dropped to 0-3 on the season. 


In the first match of the day versus the Wildcats, the Seminoles earned the doubles point in a decisive manner.  At Court 1, junior Carolina Walter and junior Nicola Slater breezed through the team of Olga Ruislova and Martina Strussova, 8-0, while the Tapiwa Marobela and Alina Mihailescu duo overpowered Lucia Polakova and Kiara Powell, 8-6, at the second position.  At doubles No. 3, the freshman pair of Suzanna Mansour and Ania Rynarzewska swept Valerie Kendrick and Shaundra Gater, 8-0. 


In singles play against the Wildcats, FSU won five contests in straight sets.  At the No. 1 post, 18th-ranked Walter toppled Ruislova 6-2, 6-0, and Marobela earned a strong 6-0, 6-1 victory against Strussova at Court 2.  Rynarzewska and Polokova battled it out at the third position and the freshman Seminole eventually pulled away with a 3-6, 6-1, 1-0 (10-6) win.  At positions four and five, Mansour and Slater claimed 6-2, 6-1 and 6-0, 6-3 wins against Powell and Kendrick.  Mihailescu, the lone senior on the court, defeated Gaiter 6-2, 6-2 at No. 6 singles for the sweep.  


Florida State turned its attention to cross-town rival Florida A&M in the backend of the doubleheader.  FAMU, playing with just five ladies on the roster, was unable to fill a complete line-up and thus forfeited doubles play.  The two coaches elected to play singles matches at positions 1-5. 


Hyde inserted junior Whitney Eber into the lineup at Court 5 and she dominated Thompson 6-0, 6-0 in both sets, to earn her first official FSU dual match victory.  At No. 1 singles, Marobela beat Zamamboa Mkhize 6-0, 6-2, and Rynarzewska defeated Samaria Bailey by scores of 6-2, 6-1 at the second position.  At the No. 3 singles spot Mansour raced to a 6-1, 6-0 victory against Ashley Green.  At Court 4, Shannon Belser retired at 3-0 in the first set and therefore Mihailescu clinched the win. 


Florida State will continue its home stand with matches against UCF on Saturday at 11:00 a.m. and Stetson on Sunday at noon.


 FSU vs. Bethune-Cookman
































#1 SINGLES  1    2    3  Notes
Carolina Walter FSU
6-2

6-0

Order of finish:
Ruislova BCC























#2 SINGLES  1    2    3  Notes
Tapiwa Marobela FSU
6-0

6-1

Order of finish:
Strussova BCC























#3 SINGLES  1    2    3  Notes
Ania Rynarzewska FSU

6-1

1-0 (10-6)
Order of finish:
Polokova BCC
6-3























#4 SINGLES  1    2    3  Notes
Mansour FSU
6-2

6-1

Order of finish:
Kiara Powell BCC























#5 SINGLES  1    2    3  Notes
Nicola Slater FSU
6-0

6-3

Order of finish:
KendrickBCC























#6 SINGLES  1    2    3  Notes
Mihailescu FSU
6-2

6-2

Order of finish:
Gaiter BCC




 

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