Feb. 28, 2007
Tallahassee, Fla. –
Florida State women’s tennis ended their five game winning streak on Wednesday evening as the No. 50 Seminoles fell short in 4-3 decision to the No. 3 Florida Gators. Florida State’s overall season record slips to 6-2 while in-state rival Florida remains undefeated at 9-0.
Seminoles came out strong in doubles competition beginning on court number three where freshman-senior duo Jessica Wente (Whitehouse, Texas) and Miranda Foley (Cambridge, England) defeated the Gator’s Csilla Borsanyi and Anastasia Revzina 8-3. Florida State clinched the doubles point on center court where senior Nicola Slater (Ayr, Scotland) and junior Carolin Walter (Bingen, Germany) captured a ranked win over UF’s #20 Whitney Benik and Nina Suvak 8-4. Florida’s only doubles victory took place on court two where the Gator’s #39 Megan Alexander and Diana Srebrovic defeated sophomore Ania Rynarzewska (Inowroclaw, Poland) and freshman Lauren Macfarlane (Ogden, UT) 8-4.
“We made some switches in doubles a few weeks ago and it’s good to see we’re getting the doubles point,” head coach Jennifer Hyde said. “That’s the whole point. That’s the reason we had some changes and it’s working and working well
Seminoles found a change of direction for the match in singles as Walter fell on court four to Florida’s Benik 6-1, 6-3 while #63 Nicola Slater captured a ranked win on center court over #34 Diana Srebrovic of UF 6-4, 6-4. In position six Florida’s Anastasia Revzina defeated Wente 7-5, 6-3 as Marobela fell in a tight match to UF’s Nina Suvak 6-4, 7-6 (0). Clinching the overall victory for Florida was #26 Megan Alexander defeating #52 Rynarzewska in position two 6-3, 7-5.
“It’s a heartbreaking loss, it’s no question,” coach Hyde said. “It’s heartbreaking for everyone involved, the whole team. They know they can win that match and should have won that match. The great thing is, a year ago we lost to Florida 7-0 in a pretty quick and decisive match and today we had our opportunity to get the win against them and they just came up a little short. The effort was there, the heart was there, the fight was there, but we just came up short. We had chances at every position to be successful today one through six singles included.”
Ending on a positive note, Florida State picked up three ranked wins through out the evening which included Macfarlane’s defeat over the Gator’s #55 Csilla Borsanyi 6-4, 2-6, 6-3.
“Number one doubles had a ranked win as did Nicola [Slater],” coach Hyde said. “She just beat the number 34 player in the country and freshman Lauren Macfarlane beat number 55 in the country. Those are definitely high notes for the day. It’s a big day today for Nicola today as a senior for her final home match against Florida to have a day like she did. Even though we had the loss, she has a lot of positive things to take from today, as does everyone.”
Florida State women’s tennis prepare to hit the road this weekend as they travel to Florida International on Friday, March 2 and later Sunday, March 4 the Seminoles will take on the Miami Hurricanes in Florida State’s first Atlantic Coast Conference match of the season.
“We’ve got to keep doing what we’ve been doing and that’s just hitting the courts as much as possible and getting individual hits in,” coach Hyde said. “I have a very specific practice planned everyday keeping things competitive and just continuing to work because without the work we’re not going to put ourselves in position to win.”
1. Slater/Walter (FSU) def. #20 Benik/Suvak (UF) 8-4
2. #39 Alexander/Srebrovic (UF) def. Macfarlane/Rynarzewska (FSU) 8-4
3. Foley/Wente (FSU) def. Borsanyi/Revzina (UF) 8-3
Order of Finish: 3, 2, 1*
1. #63 Nicola Slater (FSU) def. #34 Diana Srebrovic (UF) 6-4, 6-4
2. #26 Megan Alexander (UF) def. #52 Ania Rynarzewska (FSU) 6-3, 7-5
3. Lauren Macfarlane (FSU) v. #55 Csilla Borsanyi (UF) 6-4, 2-6, 6-3
4. Whitney Benik (UF) def. Carolin Walter (FSU) 6-1, 6-3
5. Nina Suvak (UF) def. Tapiwa Marobela (FSU) 6-4, 7-6 (0)
6. Anastasia Revzina (UF) def. Jessica Wente (FSU) 7-5, 6-3
Order of Finish: 4, 1, 6, 5, 2*, 3