Feb. 14, 2010
MADISON, Wis. – The No. 20 Florida State women’s tennis (4-3) team rallied on the final day of the ITA Indoor Championships as the `Noles upset the No. 13 Tennessee Lady Vols Sunday, February 14, at the Nielsen Tennis Stadium. Freshman Amy Sargeant secured the triumph for FSU as she came back from a first-set deficit to win her match on the third set.
“Today was huge for us,” FSU Head Coach Jennifer Hyde said. “We had a couple of rough matches the past week or two and we’ve been trying to get over a couple humps and hurdles. Today was a big day for us for that reason. Amy has been in a bit of a rut the last couple of weeks so for her to clinch it when it’s all on her says a lot about her and the guts she has. This team needed this win.”
The match started off slow for Florida State as Tennessee dominated all three courts during doubles with No. 1 Whoriskey and Natalie Pluskota on court one leading the way to win the point into singles.
Singles, however, was a different story for the `Noles with junior Katie Rybakova leading the way with an impressive victory over No. 51 Maria Sorbello and Sargeant following her lead in closing out the match.
In spite of Federica Suess falling on court four to give Tennessee its second match point, Rybakova continued to fight for the win on court two.
Rybakova opened her match by controlling the court with a 6-1 first-set win, but it wasn’t long before Sorbello fought back to take the second set from the Seminole 3-6. The third set featured both Rybakova and Sorbello fighting for the win, but it would be Rybakova who would come out on top as she rolled past the Vol 6-2 and earned FSU’s first match point. The win is Rybakova’s fourth victory over a ranked opponent this season.
Court six saw Jessica Sucupira vying for a victory as the `Nole fell in a first-set tiebreaker 7-6 (2), but was able to bounce back with a 6-1 win in the second set to push the match into a third set.Taking the reins from Tennessee by tying the match 2-2 was Sucupira as she trumped Katie Lee in the last set 6-2. With the win, Sucupira moves into FSU’s third most winningest singles’ player in program history with a total of 89 career victories.
Pushing FSU in the lead 3-2 was No. 62 Francesca Segarelli on court three as the freshman surpassed Rosalia Alda 6-4, 6-2.
As senior Lauren McCreless, ranked No. 23, lost her match on court one to No. 6 Caitlin Whoriskey 6-0, 7-5, all eyes fell on court five to No. 115 Sargeant and Jennifer Meredith to see who would clinch the match.
“Amy had a game plan and she stuck with it,” Coach Hyde added. “She didn’t stray from it. She was very composed in the situation today. She handled it great.”
As Meredith kicked-off the match with a strong 6-2 first-set win, Sargeant used her teammates’ cheers of encouragement to battle back to win the second set 6-2. Wearing her heart on her sleeve Sargeant earned her first spring-season victory in the third set with a score of 6-1 to clinch the match 4-3.
“It was good for us to see the highest level and to be in a tournament where the best players in the country are,” Coach Hyde said. “It really gave us a preview of what we will see throughout ACC and post season. We know we are a good team, but we also saw where we aren’t good enough. We have to make a few adjustments there and work a little bit harder so we can be amongst those top 10 teams this season.”
Next up for Florida State will be LSU in Tallahassee at the Scott Speicher Tennis Center. Fans are welcomed to come support the `Noles as admission is free.
Doubles: 2, 1*, 3
1. No. 1 Whoriskey/ Natalie Pluskota def. McCreless/Segarelli 8-3
2. Zubor/ Alda def. Suess/ Rybakova 8-3
3. Sorbello Lee def. Sargeant/Sucupira 8-6
Singles: 4, 2, 6, 3, 1, 5*
1. No. 6 Caitlin Whoriskey def. No. 23 Lauren McCreless 6-0, 7-5
2. Katie Rybakova def. No. 51 Maria Sorbello 6-1, 3-6, 6-2
3. No. 62 Francesca Segarelli def. Rosalia Alda 6-4, 6-2
4. Zsofia Zubor def. Federica Suess 6-3, 6-1
5. Amy Sargeant def. Jennifer Meredith 2-6, 6-2, 6-1
6. Jessica Sucupira def. Katie Lee 6-7 (2), 6-1, 6-2