April 2, 2010
WINSTON-SALEM, NC- The No. 17 Florida State women’s tennis team (9-7, 3-2) earned its third-consecutive Atlantic Coast Conference victory Friday afternoon by posting a 4-3 win over No. 43 Wake Forest at the Leighton Stadium. The `Noles will continue their road trip as they face No. 30 NC State Saturday at 1 p.m.
“We knew going into today we were going to face a very good Wake Forest team and that is exactly what we got,” FSU Head Coach Jennifer Hyde said. “Today showed how crucial it is for us to continue to win the doubles point, as that ended up making the difference in the match today. We’ve spent a lot of time focusing on doubles and it is encouraging to see the work start to pay off.”
Highlighting the day for the squad was Lauren McCreless as the senior became FSU’s all-time career singles wins leader with her 96th triumph. No. 20 McCreless defended court one as she dominated her fifth-ranked opponent in No. 64 Martina Pavelec 7-5, 6-1.
Although McCreless didn’t have the same success in doubles, teammates Jessica Sucupira and Federica Suess did as they clinched the doubles point with an 8-6 victory over Emily Malvehy and Aileen Davis on court two.
Rybakova posted FSU’s second match point as the junior defeated Kathryn Talbert 6-2, 6-0 on court three.
As the Demon Deacons marked their first point with a win on court two, Sargeant responded with a 7-5, 6-0 triumph on court five over Ryann Cutillo.
With Wake Forest scoring its second point as Sucupira fell on court four, McCreless came to the rescue by securing the victory for the Garnet and Gold on court one.
“What is going to be very important is that we respond to tomorrows challenge at an even higher level than we did today,” Coach Hyde said. “We have to turn right around and play another very good ACC team in NC State. We are playing for a lot tomorrow and we will be ready to go when the sun comes up.”
Fans can follow with live stats of the NC State match on gopack.com and make sure to go on www.seminoles.com for a full match recap.
Doubles: 3, 1, 2*
1. Kuilikova/Talbert def. McCreless/Segarelli 8-6
2. Sucupira/Suess def. Malvehy/Davis 8-6
3. Sargeant/Rybakova/def Reveche/Pavelec 8-4
Singles: 3, 2, 5, 4, 1*, 6
1. No. 20 Lauren McCreless def. No. 64 Martina Pavelec 7-5, 6-1
2. Sasha Kulikova def. No. 89 Francesca Segarelli 6-2, 6-2
3. Katie Rybakova def. Kathryn Talbert 6-2, 6-0
4. Emily Malvehy def. Jessica Sucupira 6-4, 6-1
5. Amy Sargeant def. Ryann Cutillo 7-5, 6-0
6. Katarina Reveche def. Federica Suess 7-6, 6-4