Sept. 21, 2007
ATLANTA – Florida State women’s tennis wasted no time jumping into the fall season, defeating three of four doubles opponents in the first day flights of the Georgia Tech Invitational. The Seminoles conquered two of Georgia Tech’s doubles teams, as well as a pairing from Harvard. Senior Carolin Walter and freshman Katie Rybakova also took victories in the singles competition later in the afternoon.
“It was a pretty good first day of fall competition for us,” said head coach Jennifer Hyde. “I was very pleased with how they showed up for doubles first thing this morning. They came out of the blocks on fire. They were very aggressive, they stuck with the fundamentals very well.”
Sophomores Lauren Macfarlane (Ogden, Utah) and Jessica Wente (Whitehouse, Texas) started the day off for the Seminoles with an 8-2 victory over Georgia Tech’s Whitney McCray and Noelle Hickey. Rybakova (Coral Springs, Florida) and junior Ania Rynarzewska (Inowroclaw, Poland) battled a close match with the Yellow Jackets’ Kristi Miller (the No.3- match-up, freshman Federica Suess (Ludwigshafen, Germany) paired with Georgia’s Adrienne Elsberry for a 8-2 victory over Harvard’s Catriona Steward and Elizabeth Brook.
Walter and fellow senior Tapiwa Marobela (Gaborone, Botswana) nearly made it a doubles grand slam for the Seminoles, taking the Yellow Jackets’
Christy Striplin and Amanda McDowell to a breaking point, falling just short of a win at 7-9.
In singles competition, Walter (Bingen, Germany) fought back from being down 5-2 in the third set, then rebounded from a 5-3 in the six-all tie-breaker against Georgia’s No. 22-ranked Monika Dancevic 7-6, 4-6, 7-6. Newcomer Rybakova held her own in the Russian-native’s first day of collegiate battle. In a dominant 7-5, 6-3 set, Rybakova defeated Georgia’s Naoko Ueshima.
“Everyone played pretty well in singles,” said Hyde. “Carolin had a very good match. It was an unbelievably high-quality tennis match on both sides. It’s one of the best matches I’ve seen Carolin play since she’s been at Florida State. She was just very professional in her approach. She was very patient, but aggressive when she needed to be. She really hung in there today and showed a lot of heart.”
Competition continues tomorrow in all three flights for singles and doubles, starting at 10:00 am EST in Atlanta.
RESULTS FROM DAY ONE:
Lauren Macfarlane/Jessica Wente (FSU) def. Whitney McCray/Noelle Hickey (GT), 8-2
Katie Rybakova/Ania Rynarzewska (FSU) def. Kristi Miller/Sasha Krupina (GT), 9-8
Kelley Hyndman/Naoko Ueshima (UGA) def. Stephanie Schnitter/Agnes Sibilski (HAR), 8-4
Monika Dancevic/Cameron Ellis (UGA) def. Eunice Lee/Samantha Rosekrans (HAR), 8-3
Adrienne Elsberry (UGA)/Federica Suess (FSU) def. Catriona Stewart/Elizabeth Brook (HAR), 8-2
Christy Striplin/Amanda McDowell (GT) def. Tapiwa Marobela/Carolin Walter (FSU), 9-7
Kirsten Flower/Maya Johansson (GT) def. Dariana Kozmina/Mateja Podgorsek (GSU), 8-6
Carolin Walter (FSU) def. Monika Dancevic (UGA), 7-6, 4-6, 7-6
Adrienne Elsberry (UGA) def. Federica Suess (FSU), 6-0, 5-7, 6-2
Kelley Hyndman (UGA) def. Lauren Macfarlane (FSU), 6-4, 6-3
Cameron Ellis (UGA) def. Ania Rynarzewska (FSU), 6-1, 5-7, 6-3
Katie Rybakova (FSU) def. Naoko Ueshima (UGA), 7-5, 6-3
Christy Striplin (GT) def. Jessica Wente (FSU), 6-3, 6-0
Maya Johansson (GT) def. Tapiwa Marobela (FSU), 6-3, 4-6, 6-3
Kristi Miller (GT) def. Dariana Kozmina (GSU), 6-2, 6-1
Amanda McDowell (GT) def. Agnes Sibilski (HAR), 6-1, 6-3
Kirsten Flower (GT) Stephanie Schnitter (HAR), 6-1, 7-5
Whitney McCray (GT) def. Eunice Lee (HAR), 6-0, 6-0
Noelle Hickey (GT) def. Samantha Rosekrans (HAR), 6-2, 6-2
Sasha Krupina (GT) def. Catriona Stewart (HAR), 6-1, 4-6, 6-1
Vilsa Curto (HAR) def. Mateja Podgorsek (GSU), 6-3, 6-1