April 14, 2006
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – In its last regular season match, the No. 65 Florida State women’s tennis team fell at the hands to No. 7 Duke 4-1 Friday afternoon on Senior Day at the Scott Speicher Tennis Center. The Seminoles will enter the ACC Championship next week with a No. 10 seed and a 9-12 regular season record and a 2-9 ACC mark.
The Blue Devils improved to 16-5 on the season and 9-1 in the league. “I have said it week after week but our team plays with more emotion and heart than I have ever seen,” Florida State head coach Jennifer Hyde said. “After all the major injuries we’ve had this season, our players could have gave up a long time ago . . . but they didn’t.
Day in and day out they come to practice and matches with the attitude that they are playing for the national championship. I am so thankful for the heart, discipline, and optimistic attitude our players display on a daily basis.”
In doubles action, Florida State had the opportunity to win at two courts but eventually dropped matches at all three spots. At No. 1, Daniela Barcek and Jenny Zika defeated the Seminoles’ Nicola Slater and Whitney Eber, 8-5. The Melissa Mang and Jackie Carlton team from Duke overpowered freshmen Suzanna Mansour and Ania Rynarzewska, 8-4, at No. 2. For the sweep, Tara Iyer and Jessie Robinson took care of FSU’s Alina Mihailescu and Tapiwa Marobela, 9-7.
“We have been in every match this season with the exception of one,” Hyde said. “In doubles today, we had the opportunity to win at a few positions. We were up 7-4 at No. 3 and at No. 1 we were down 6-1 and fought back to make it 6-all. As I have communicated to the players all season, we are so close and it’s time to pull out some of these matches. I think overall we are playing our best tennis right now and peaking at the right time.”
In singles action, freshman Lisa Nystrom Skold picked up a huge win at No. 5 singles after defeating Jessie Robinson 7-5, 6-3. The win was the lone point for the Seminoles on the day. The Blue Devils picked up wins at Nos. 1, 2 and 6 before play was suspended at Nos. 3 and 4.
“I am really proud of Lisa’s effort today,” said Hyde. “She had a game plan and stuck to it so her hard work paid off. Lisa’s energy is contagious and she is having a lot of fun out there on the court. She has worked really hard for us this season and I’m thrilled Lisa got a good win under her belt.”