April 17, 2008
Altamonte Springs, Fla.- As day one at the ACC Women’s Tennis Championships came to a close, No. 19 Florida State had to ask a burning question: Did we go back in time? The Seminoles’ 4-0 victory over 11th-seeded Boston College is the exact same verdict FSU had over the Eagles at last year’s conference championship. And just like the 2007 Tournament, the Seminoles are now in line to play No. 11 Miami at 3:00 p.m. tomorrow at Sanlando Park.
But that’s where the Seminoles hope the similarities will end. One year ago today, the team fell in a heartbreaking 4-3 loss to their only in-state conference rivals. This time around the Seminoles have a second chance and they are looking for revenge.
“It’s always good to have that first round match out of the way,” said head coach Jennifer Hyde. “You get those first-round jitters out of your system and work out those kinks. Now we are up against Miami like we did in the quarterfinals last year, but we’re altogether avoiding that same feeling we had about them last time.”
If Florida State’s first match of the tournament is any indication, the team is on a roll. The Seminoles upheld their undefeated streak against Boston College by posting a dominant win over the Eagles on the courts today.
Sophomore Lauren Macfarlane, sealed the Seminoles’ fifth win over BC with a 6-0, 6-1 defeat of Dasha Cherkasov on court two at almost the exact same time fellow sophomore Jessica Wente finished up on court four with a 6-0. 6-3 win over Katharine Attwell.
Freshman Federica Suess started the Seminoles’ roll in doubles with a 6-0,6-1 dominance of Boston College’s Gia Nafarrete on court six. Shortly thereafter, senior Carolin Walter finished her work on court three with a 6-0, 6-1 defeat of Lauren Cash.
Walter and Suess also lead the way in doubles competition. The duo of German natives pounced on Attwell and Allina Sullivan for a, 8-2 win. At the time, Macfarlane and Wente were down 6-3 on court three, but after their teammates’ victory the young veterans stormed back for an incredible 8-6 defeat of Nafarette and Lana Krasnopolsky.
Florida State will be back on the courts tomorrow for its second face-off of the season with No. 11 Miami. The two squads met in Tallahassee on February, the Seminoles picked up a major 5-2 upset in their first conference battle of the season.
Prior to the start of today’s match the Seminoles also received word that Macfarlane and freshman Katie Rybakova were both named to this year’s All-ACC squad. It is the second straight such honor for Macfarlane and the first for Rybakova.
Coverage of today’s matches as well as those from the rest of the tournament will be made available On-Demand every night from April 18-20 by 9 p.m. on ACC Select (www.ACCSelect.com).
1-#24 Katie Rybakova (FSU) vs. Lana Krasnopolsky DNF
2-#68 Lauren Macfarlane vs. Dasha Cherkasov (FSU) 6-0, 6-1
3-#72 #72 Carolin Walter (FSU) def. Lauren Cash (BC) 6-0, 6-1
4-Jessica Wente (FSU) def. Katharine Attwell (BC) 6-0, 6-3
5-Tapiwa Marobela (FSU) vs. Alina Sullivan (BC) DNF
6-Federica Suess (FSU) def. Gia Nafarrete (BC) 6-0, 6-1
Order of finish: 6, 3, 2*, 4
1-#54 Rybakova/Rynarzewska (FSU) vs.Cash/Cherkasov (BC) DNF
2-Suess/Walter (FSU) def. Sullivan/Attwell (BC) 8-2
3-Macfarlane/Wente (FSU) def. Krasnopolsky/Nafarette (BC) 8-6
Order of finish: 2, 3*