Nov. 5, 2012
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida State women’s tennis team finished its fall season on a high note at the State of Florida Championships hosted by USF in Tampa, Fla. this past weekend.
“This weekend we continued to pick up some very significant and ranked wins from all of our players,” head coach Jennifer Hyde said. “Not one, or two, all of them. The depth within this team is as good as I’ve ever seen since I’ve been here at FSU so we are looking ahead with much excitement for this spring.”
Four of Florida State’s players advanced into the quarterfinals, which was the most of any of the seven teams competing in the event. The Seminoles put two players in the semifinals of the Main Draw of the event, with one advancing into the finals.
Surging into the final match behind four wins on the weekend was senior Amy Sargeant. In the round of 32 on Friday, Sargeant grabbed her first win against Marina Cunningham of North Florida 6-1, 6-4.
“I was very happy with the performance I had this weekend,” Sargeant said. “It was a good run and I saw a great result. This was my first full fall season and I’m feeling so much stronger and because of the conditioning I’m able to be in shape and train.”
On Saturday, Sargeant began the day with a victory as she retired Lorena Alonso of USF 6-4, 3-1 (ret) before taking down her teammate senior Francesca Segarelli in the quarterfinals 7-5, 6-3.
“Playing Fran was like a blessing in disguise,” Sargeant said. “That match was the turning point in the tournament and she brought out the best in me. Our match was just unbelievable tennis.”
On the final day of the tournament Sunday, Sargeant defeated Miami’s Nichole Stracar in the semifinals 6-3, 7-6 (4) before falling in the finals to another Hurricane player Kelsey Laurente, 6-1, 6-4. Sargeant finished the with an impressive 7-3 record and played her best tennis by far in this final event.
“It’s been a fall season to remember,” Sargent added. “We all played well this fall and I am feeling confident heading into the spring season along with the rest of the team.”
Placed at the top of the singles bracket and away from Sargeant and Segarelli, sophomore Mia Vriens played her way into the semifinals of the event after a trio of victories.
Vriens nabbed her first win in the round of 32 against Simona Weymar of North Florida 6-4, 6-1. In her next match, Vriens came back to win against Miami’s Deborah Suaez after being down three match points in the third set super tie breaker, 6-0, 0-6, 11-9.
“It was a great tournament for the whole team we all did really well,” Vriens said. “I’m happy with my performance and I was playing some really good tennis. We are all happy with this tournament because it was the last one of the fall it was a great to finish on a good note.”
In the quarterfinal, Vriens grabbed her highest ranked win in her young Seminole career against the top seed and 29th-ranked Ecaterina Vasenia of USF in another third set super tiebreaker, 4-6, 6-4, 11-9. Vriens fell in the semifinals to the eventual champion Laurente 6-3, 6-2 and finished the fall with an impressive 8-3 singles record.
“I didn’t know she was ranked I just went out there and played a solid match,” Vriens said. “I closed out the tiebreaker. I didn’t feel pressure and didn’t overthink anything. I played some good solid tennis and I was able to put it together and make it to the semifinals. We all are played very well this fall and we can’t wait for spring.”
At the conclusion of the tournament, Vriens was awarded the State of Florida Tournament Sportsmanship Award, which was voted on by the coaches, the officials and the staff in attendance at the inaugural event.
Sophomore Daneika Borthwick rallied into the quarterfinal behind a pair of wins. She first defeated Fanny Fracassi of USF 6-2, 6-4 before moving on to beat Jenna Doerfler of UCF 6-2, 7-5. Borthwick was knocked out by Laurente 6-3, 6-0 as she finished her fall campaign with a 9-4 singles record including three ranked wins.
Segarelli strung together two wins before her loss to Sargeant in the quarterfinals. In the round of 32, Segarelli defeated Lorena Aviles of North Florida 7-6, 6-1 and advanced to beat Genevieve Lorberghs 6-4, 7-5. Segarelli ends the fall with a 7-4 record.
Junior Kristina Schleich and sophomore Leyla Erkan each contributed a singles win for a team total of 13 on the weekend. Erkan won her match in the round of 32 against Florida A&M’s Bethany Holt, 6-1, 6-0 before falling to Laurenete 6-3, 6-4. Schleich defeated Sofia Baptista from UCF 6-1, 6-4 in the round of 64 dropping then dropped a closely contested second round match to Vasenina 6-3, 7-5.
“Individually, I think we’ve just had the best fall season on record.” Hyde said. “These next few weeks of postseason training will really separate the team we are now from the team that we will become in the spring, especially after the great results from our fall competitions. But the work we do from not until January will greatly determine the success we have in the spring. I’m more excited than ever for the future of our program.”
The Seminoles will head into the offseason before beginning their spring season on Jan. 16, 2013 at 4 p.m. against Florida A&M University at the Scott Speicher Tennis Center.
(64) Schleich def. Baptista (UCF) 6-1, 6-4
(32) Vasenina (USF) def. Schleich 6-3, 7-5
(32) Vriens def. Weymar (UNF) 6-4, 6-1
(16) Vriens def. Suarez (UM) 6-0, 0-6, 11-9
(Q) Vriens def. Vasenina (USF) 4-6, 6-4, 11-9
(SF) Laurenete (UM) def. Vriens 6-3, 6-2
(32)Borthwick def. Fracassi (USF) 6-2, 6-4
(16) Borthwick def. Doerfler (UCF) 6-2, 7-5
(Q) Laurenete (UM) def. Borthwick 6-3, 6-0
(32) Erkan def. Hold (FAMU) 6-1, 6-0
(16) Laurenete (UM) def. Erkan 6-3, 6-4
(32) Sargeant def. Cunningham (UNF) 6-1, 6-4
(16) Sargeant def. Aloson (USF) 6-4, 7-5
(Q) Sargeant def. Segarelli 7-5, 6-3
(SF)Sargeant def. Stracar (UM) 6-3, 7-6 (4)
(F) Laurenete (UM) def. Sargeant 6-1, 6-4
(32) Segarelli def. Aviles (UNF) 7-6, 6-1
(16) Segarelli def. Lorgerghs (UCF) 6-4, 7-5
(Q) Sargeant def. Segarelli 7-5, 6-3
(16) Borthwick/Segarelli def Pivak/Baptista (UCF) 8-0
(Q) Aviles/Agurrie (UNF) def. Borthwick/ Segarelli 8-6
(32) Sargeant/Vriens def. Sterkel/Solaun (FGCU) 8-1
(16) Lilekite/Laurenete (UM) def. Sargeant/Vriens 8-7 (1)
(32) Schleich/Erkan def. Hollander/Cunningham (UNF) 8-2
(16) Alsonso/Vasenina (USF) def. Schleich/Erkan 8-6