Feb. 21, 2010
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The No. 14 Florida State women’s tennis team (5-4) opened its second home match of the season with a strong showing that saw all six Seminoles posting first-set victories in singles to help FSU tame the No. 58 LSU Tigers 6-1. Junior Federica Suess broke her slump as she clinched the victory for the `Noles. The Garnet and Gold now face in-state rival Florida, ranked No. 8, on Tuesday in Gainesville.
“I think the girls did a great job of taking care of business,” FSU Head Coach Jennifer Hyde said. “We knew there was going to be some adversity in a number of spots and lot of fighting was going to be required to get the job done. They did a good job of that today. I am proud of the effort.We needed this home win and it’s good to be back here. We had a great crowd supporting us so it was a good day.”
The `Noles kicked off the match strong by posting two doubles wins to take the 1-0 lead into singles despite a lineup change by Coach Hyde.
With seniors Jessica Sucupira and Lauren McCreless stepping up to win their match, 8-4, against Ebie Wilson and Kaitlin Burns, the `Noles clinched the point and built the momentum into singles.
FSU’s continued to ride the wave of success in singles as all the `Noles opened their matches with first-set victories.
“We came out strong,” Coach Hyde said. “They jumped out on the first six sets after the doubles point. That definitely put LSU’s back against the wall a little bit. They did a good job of dominating.”
Earning Florida State’s second match point was Segarelli on court three as the `Nole dominated the Tiger’s Keri Frankenberger 6-1, 6-2.
Court four saw Sargeant building on last weekend’s win as the freshman trumped Nicole Kanter 6-1, 6-2 to give the `Noles their third match point.
Clinching the victory for Florida State was Suess as she battled Hannah Robinson on court five. The junior opened her match in a tough first-set win of 7-6 (5) and went on to overpower the Tiger 6-0 in the second set.
No. 44 McCreless broke her slump on court one as the `Nole posted a triumphant win over Whitney Wolf 6-2, 6-3 to improve FSU’s score to 5-0.
Court two saw LSU posting its single point in the match as Kaitlin Burns upset No. 64 Rybakova 2-6, 7-6 (4), 10-7.
Closing out the day was Sucupira as the senior successfully fought Ebie Wilson 7-5, 4-6, 10-5 on court six.
Florida State will have a quick turnaround as it heads to Gainesville to face in-state rival Florida, ranked eighth in the country, at the Linder Stadium.
“We have a big match on Tuesday against Florida,” Coach Hyde added. “They are going to be gunning for us because we beat them last year. They have a very good and deep team. They have had some good success and we know it’s going to take a complete team effort to get the job done. We’ve got a day of practice to prepare. I am really looking forward to playing them.”
FSU will have to brace itself for stiff competition with Florida brining in No. 10 Allie Will, No. 22 Lauren Embree, No. 80 Marrit Boonstra, No. 86 Caroline Hitimana and No. 95 Anastasia Revzina. Doubles will also be a battle between both programs with No. 3 Boonstra and Will, No. 4 Will and Embree and No. 40 Claire Bartlett and Joanna Mather representing UF.
Florida leads the all-time series record 32-1 with the last meeting being in 2009 where the `Noles knocked off the Gators for the first time in program history with a 5-2 triumph at home.
The Garnet and Gold will look to give the Gators their third consecutive loss of the season as Florida enters the match with a 9-2 record as opposed to the `Noles 5-4 record.
Florida State would like to thank all the fans that participated in today’s “Serve it with the `Noles” community event. Over 150 canned goods were collected and will be distributed throughout the community.
Doubles: 2, 1, 3*
1. Wolf/Frankenberger def. Rybakova/Suess 8-4
2. Segarelli/Sargeant def. Robinson/Kanter 8-2
3. McCreless/Sucupira def. Wilson/Burns 8-4
Singles: 3, 4, 5*,1, 2, 6
1. No. 44 Lauren McCreless def. Whitney Wolf 6-2, 6-3
2. Kaitlin Burns def. No. 64 Katie Rybakova 2-6, 7-6 (4), 10-7
3. Francesca Segarelli def. Keri Frankenberger 6-1, 6-2
4. Amy Sargeant def. Nicole Kanter 6-1, 6-2
5. Federica Suess def. Hannah Robinson 7-6 (5), 6-0
6. Jessica Sucupira def. Ebie Wilson 7-5, 4-6, 10-5