March 10, 2006 - by
Women’s Netters Upset BC In First Ever Meeting Between Schools

March 10, 2006

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – In the first ever women’s tennis match between Florida State and Boston College, the No. 68-ranked Seminoles upset the Eagles, 4-3, Friday afternoon at the Murr Center. FSU improved to 8-4 on the season and 1-1 in Atlantic Coast Conference action, while BC dropped to 5-4 overall and 0-2 in league play.

“Our players put forth a lot of effort today,” second-year head coach Jennifer Hyde said.  “The girls really competed hard throughout the entire match.  I am proud of the way our players pulled together as a team and took the high road even though there were a couple of distractions and instances that occurred during the match. We were very classy and competed hard for the love of the game.  I hope we can take the momentum from the win with us to Maryland because that will be another highly-competitive affair.  It should be another big battle for us.”

In singles, the teams split the six matches.  Florida State claimed victories at Nos. 4, 5, and 6. 

Slater topped Sullivan 6-4, 4-6, 6-3 at No. 3 while the Seminoles’ Suzanna Mansour beat Sarah Svoboda, 6-1, 6-1, at No. 5.  Whitney Eber wasted no time defeating the Eagles’ Gia Nafarrete, 6-2, 6-1, in the sixth slot. 

Florida State senior Alina Mihailescu neared an upset over Boston College‘s Lana Krasnopolsky (ranked No. 73 in the country).  However, Knrasnopolsky eventually edged her 6-0, 5-7, 6-4. 

The two schools agreed to play doubles last and Florida State picked up wins at Nos. 2 and 3 for the doubles point and team win.  The Eber/Slater pair topped Szilvia Szegedi and Alina Sullivan, 8-5, at No. 2 and Tapiwa Marobela and Mihailescu beat Sarah Svoboda and Nafarette, 8-3. 

“We are trying different things in doubles and moving people around,” Hyde commented.  “We had new doubles pairings at No. 2 and we are slowly but surely finding things that will work.  For right now it’s working and it’s only a matter of time before it all comes together.”

Florida State will now turn its focus on the University of Maryland as a date with the No. 28 Terrapins is set for Sunday at 11:00 a.m. 

(#68) Florida State 4, (#56) Boston College 3
March 10, 2006

1-#94Szilvia Szegedi (BC) def. Dasha Cherkasov (BC) def. Alina Sullivan (BC), 6-4, 4-6, 6-3
5- Suzanna Mansour (FSU) def. Sarah Svoboda (BC) 6-1, 6-1
6- Whitney Eber (FSU) def. Gia Nafarrete (BC) 6-2, 6-1

1- Cherkasov/Krasnopolshy (BC) def. Mansour/Rynarzewska (FSU) 8-6
2- Eber/Slater (FSU) def. Szegedi/Sullivan (BC), 8-5
3- Marobela/Mihailescu (FSU) def. Svoboda/Nafarrete (BC), 8-3

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