January 30, 2011 - by
`Noles Fall To Huskies 4-3

Jan. 30, 2011

Zach Mendelson, Seminoles.com

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The No. 14 Florida State women’s tennis team (2-1) showed a tremendous amount of fight on the second day of the ITA Kick-Off Weekend, but fell just one point short as No. 24 Washington came away with the 4-3 victory. The loss ended the Seminoles shot at making it to the Sweet 16 for the second straight year just one game short.

“Washington did a great job today and this weekend,” said head coach Jennifer Hyde. “They came in and beat two top twenty teams, and that is not easy to do. Hats off to them.”

While the team didn’t get the result they were looking for, they did show a lot of fight on the courts today and their coach took notice.

“We worked really hard today, and this is just part of our process of the season,” Hyde said. “We have a lot more work ahead of us this semester to get to where we want to be, but if this is any indication for what is ahead for us than I am fired up to see what this team brings this spring. The best is yet to come.”

Florida State started out slow falling in doubles 2-1 and than losing the first set in four out the six matches in singles. From that point forward the momentum started to shift towards Seminoles as they began to mount a courageous comeback.

“A goal for us today was to come out and play more as a team than we did yesterday and without a doubt this team did a great job of that today,” said Hyde. “I couldn’t be more proud of the fight and the effort they showed. We were down four first sets in singles very quickly, but the girls did a great job of digging in and swinging the momentum back in their favor as the match progressed. They could have easily rolled over at that point, and I think what I am most proud of today is how they did just the opposite. They dug their heels in and gave themselves a chance to win that match after being down by such a great margin.”

Two players in particular, seniors Katie Rybakova and Federica Suess, battled hard to the very end giving the Seminoles a real chance to pull of the amazing comeback.

“Fede gave us a shot,” added Hyde. “With the team score at 2-3, Fede was down 5-1 in the third set, and fought back to win that match. Not very often in college ball at this level do you see people willing to fight back from a 1-5 deficit, but this is so just typical Fede. I wouldn’t expect anything less from her. She wants it so bad, and I am really proud of her effort today. Katie had a great opportunity to beat the number six player in the and gave herself and us a shot as well. She had an opportunity to win that match today and she is going to have to take this one the chin, but realize how close she was and have no reason to hang her head.”

The comeback by Suess was not only remarkable, but gave the Seminoles a legit chance of completing the comeback as Rybakova was still competing with Dy on court one. “Well I knew that I had to get it done and that it was very crucial to get that point, so that just fired me up,” said senior Federica Suess. “I knew that was our only option.” While the loss was certainly a tough one, the team still is able to keep a positive attitude and perspective on the season that lies ahead.

“We showed a lot of fire, and that is a positive thing,” said Suess. “It was pretty heartbreaking because we were so close, but I think there is still a lot of positives that can be taken from this. Maybe in a couple of days maybe we will be able to see those things, but right now it’s hard to think of them. We are right there though. Katie had some match points, and I came back, so it could have easily been our match.”

“I am just so proud of our kids,” Hyde concluded. “I am so proud to coach them, they acted classy, the competed hard, and they fought as hard as they could. As a coach, that is all we can ask of them, and today they delivered a good dose of that. I hate that the girls came up a little bit short and I know this one will sting for a while.” In the consolation match earlier in the day, the No. 16 Texas Longhorns fought back after losing in doubles to sweep No. 37 Princeton in singles to win 6-1.

Florida State will now take a week of before they play Auburn at 4:00 p.m. on Friday, February 11th at the Scott Speicher Tennis Center.

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Results Day One

Match 1 (Texas vs. Washington)


#6 Denise Dy (UW) def. #8 Aeriel Ellis (TX) 2-6, 7-6, 7-5

#55 Venise Chan (UW) def. Krista Damico (TX) 6-3, 7-5

Samantha Smith (UW) def. Amanda Craddock (TX) 6-3, 2-6 7-6 (7-5)

Maggie Mello (UW) def. Anjela Nemcevic (UW) 6-4, 7-6 (7-4)

Juliana Gajic (UW) def. Lina Xu (WASH) 6-4, 6-4

Aleksandra Krlsjanin (UW) def. Cierra Gaytan-Leach (TX) 7-6 (7-4), 6-2



#87 Damico/Aeriel Ellis (TX) vs. Chan/Dy (UW) – DNF 

Gaytan-Leach/Craddock (TX) def. Smith/Nemcevic (UW) 8-3 

Gajic/Mello (TX) def. Xu/Krlsjanin (UW) 8-1 


Singles Order of Finish – 2, 6, 4, 5, 3, 1

Doubles Order of Finish – 3, 2, 1 (DNF)


Results Match 2 (Florida State vs. Princeton)


#42 Katie Rybakova FSU) def. Hilary Bartlett (PU) 4-6, 7-5 (11-9)

#18 Noemie Scharle (FSU) def. Taylor Marable 6-2, 6-3

Francesca Segarelli (FSU) def. Rachel Saiontz (PU) 6-2, 6-3

Monica Chow (PU) def. Ruth Seaborne (FSU) 6-3, 4-6 (10-6)

Federica Suess (FSU) def. Katherine Flanigan (PU) 6-2, 6-3

Blakely Ashley (PU) def. Manon Veldman (FSU) 6-0, 6-0



Seaborne/Segarelli (FSU) def. Bartlett/Marable (PU) 8-3

Scharle/Veldman (FSU) vs. Chow/Saiontz (PU) 5-5 (DNF)

#43 Suess/Rybakova (FSU) def. Ashley/Flaningan (PU) 8-4


Results Day Two

Winners Match (FSU vs. Washington) Results


Dy/Chan (UW) def. #43 Seaborne/Segarelli (FSU) 8-6

Smith/Nemcevic (UW) def. Scharle/Veldman (FSU) 8-5

Rybakova/Suess (FSU) def. Xu/Krsljanin (UW) 8-3



#6 Denise Dy (UW) def. #42 Katie Rybakova (FSU) 6-2, 4-6, 7-5

#55 Venise Chan (UW) def. #18 Noemie Scharle (FSU) 6-1, 6-3

Francesca Segarelli (FSU) def. Samantha Smith (UW) 2-6, 6-1, 6-2

Ruth Seaborne (FSU) def. Andjela Nemcevic (UW) 7-6 (7-2), 7-5

Federica Suess (FSU) def. Lina Xu (UW) 6-3, 1-6, 7-5

Aleksandra Krsljanin (UW) def. Manon Veldman (FSU) 6-0, 5-7, 6-1


Singles Order of Finish – 2, 3, 4, 6, 5, 1

Doubles Order of Finish – 3, 2, 1


Consolation Match (Texas vs. Princeton) Results


#8 Aeriel Ellis (TX) def. Hilary Bartlett (PU) 7-6 (7-5), 5-7, (11-9)

Krista Damico (TX) def. Taylor Marable (PU) 6-2, 6-0

Maggie Mello (TX) def. Rachel Saiontz (PU) 6-4, 6-4

Amanda Craddock (TX) def. Monica Chow (PU) 6-3, 7-5

Juliana Gajic (TX) def. Katherine Flanigan (PU) 6-4, 6-3

Elizabeth Begley (TX) def. Blakely Ashley (PU) 0-6, 7-5, 6-1



Bartlett/Marable (PU) def. #87 Ellis/Damico (TX) 8-6 

Gaytan-Leach/Craddock (TX) def. Chow/Saiontz (PU) 8-1

Ashley/Flanigan (PU) def. Gajic/Mello (TX) 8-3


Singles Order of Finish – 2, 5, 3, 6, 4, 1

Doubles Order of Finish – 2, 3, 1


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