Feb. 23, 2007
Baton Rouge, La – The No. 44 Florida State women’s tennis team upset No. 44 LSU 5-2 on Friday, February 23. The Seminoles clinched their fifth straight win at the rowdy W.T. “Dub” Robinson Stadium. FSU won four singles points and the doubles point to clinch the win.
“I think today was an all around team effort, everyone one got their point,” stated head coach Jennifer Hyde. “When that happens, when we start getting into a habit of that, we can get pretty excited. Everyone contributed in some way today and made this team better. It was the first time we had a true team effort in a match through and through. I am really proud of the girls and the way they handled themselves in a professional manner in that environment.”
In singles competition, Florida State won four of the six points beginning with a 3-6, 6-3, 10-5 victory by No. 52 sophomore Ania Rynarzewska (Inowroclaw, Poland) against Mykala Hedberg. Junior Carolin Walter (Bingen, Germany) defeated Hannah Robinson 6-3, 6-4.
Freshmen Lauren Macfarlane (Ogden, Utah) and Jessica Wente (Whitehouse, Texas) both recorded wins for the team. Macfarlane defeated Nicole Kantor 6-4, 6-4 while Wente won 6-4, 7-5 against Anastasiya Dubova.
“The freshman did a fantastic job today in their first tight duel match situation of their careers,” continued Hyde. “They were both very focused and took care of their courts and took care of their business.”
No. 63 senior Nicola Slater (Ayr, Soctland) played a strong match but fell against No. 7 Megan Falcon 6-4, 6-2. Falling 6-1, 3-6, 6-2 was junior Tapiwa Marobela (Gaborone, Botswana) against Staten Spencer in an extremely close match.
“Everytime you come to LSU you can expect a very rowdy crowd and today was no different,” finished Hyde. “That is something our team likes to play against. They like it when we have that chaos and feed off of it. They handled it fine and enjoyed it.
The Seminoles won two doubles matches to earn the doubles point highlighted by Slater/Walter’s upset of No. 11 Falcon/Robinson 8-4. Senior Miranda Foley (Cambridge, England) paired with Wente to defeat Murdock/Tiffany Tucker 8-1.
The Seminoles rest until Wednesday, February 28 when they host No. 4 Florida at the Scott Speicher Tennis Center. Serve time is set at 4 p.m. and admission is free to all.
No. 58 Florida State 5, No. 44 Louisiana State 2
1. No. 7 Megan Falcon (LSU) def. No. 63 Nicola Slater (FSU), 6-4, 6-2
2. No. 52 Ania Rynarzewska (FSU) def. Mykala Hedberg (LSU), 3-6, 6-3, 10-5
3. Lauren Macfarlane (FSU) def. Nicole Kantor (LSU), 6-4, 6-4
4. Carolin Walter (FSU) def. Hannah Robinson (LSU), 6-3, 6-4
5. Staten Spencer (LSU) def. Tapiwa Marobela (FSU), 6-1, 3-6, 6-2
6. Jessica Wente (FSU) def. Anastasiya Dubova (LSU), 6-4, 7-5
1. Nicola Slater/Carolin Walter (FSU) def. No. 11 Megan Falcon/Hannah Robinson (LSU), 8-4
2. Mykala Hedberg/Staten Spencer (LSU) def. Lauren Macfarlane/Ania Rynarzewska (FSU), 8-2
3. Miranda Foley/Jessica Wente (FSU) def. Ashley Murdock/Tiffany Tucker (LSU), 8-1