March 17, 2011 - by
‘Noles Tame Panthers, 5-2

March 17, 2011

By Zach Mendelson,
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The No. 35 Florida State women’s tennis team (6-5, 1-2) came away with an important victory Thursday afternoon as they defeated the Georgia State Panthers (9-2) at the Seminoles Scott Speicher Tennis Center.

The Seminoles began the day on a strong note by winning the doubles point with victories on two of the three courts. Senior Katie Rybakova and freshman Manon Veldman started off the action with an 8-4 victory over Georgia State’s duo Katerina Gresova & Martina Ondrackova on court three. Sophomore Noemie Scharle and Federica Suess fell to the No. 76 doubles tandem Tereza Lerova & Kir Kemp 8-5 on court three. The Seminoles dynamic duo of freshman Ruth Seaborne and sophomore Francesca Segarelli kept their lead in a tight battle on court one against the Panthers Abagail Tere-Apisah & Maryna Kozachenko to take home the doubles point with an 8-6 victory.

In singles the Seminoles continued their strong play by winning the first set on courts two through five. Talented freshman Ruth Seaborne would be the first to win on the day by defeating the Panthers Vi Troung 6-0, 6-1 in straight sets. Katie Rybakova would continue the strong momentum by defeating Georgia State’s Katerina Gresova 6-2, 6-1 on court three. Freshman Manon Veldman fell 6-4, 6-3 to Georgia State’s Otilia Lindqvist on court six, but Noemie Scharle would quickly put the match out of reach as she defeated No. 115 Abagail Tere-Apisah 6-3, 6-3 on court two. The loss would mark the first of the season for Tere-Apisah who had not lost a set all season prior to this match.

The final two matches would go into third sets. Federica Suess would eventually succumb in a hard fought match losing 10-7 in a tie breaker to the Panthers Kir Kemp after going 6-2, 2-6 in the first two sets. Sensational sophomore Francesca Segarelli would end the day by rallying in the second and third sets to defeat Tereza Lerova 4-6, 6-1, 6-0 on court one.

The victory was big for the Seminoles who were coming off a heartbreaking loss to Clemson just four days earlier.  Overall Florida State leads the all-time series record against Georgia State 6-0. The Seminoles will now take the rest of the week off before leaving on a difficult two game road trip to play at Virginia Tech and Virginia on back to back days on March 16 and 17th.

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Segarelli/Seaborne def. (FSU) def. Tere-Apisah/Kozachenko (GSU) 8-6

#76 Lerova/Kemp (GSU) def. Scharle/Suess (FSU) 8-5

Rybakova/Veldman (FSU) def. Gresova/Ondrackova (GSU) 8-4

 Doubles Order of Finish – 3, 2, 1



Francesca Segarelli (FSU) def. Tereza Lerova (GSU) 4-6, 6-1, 6-0

#66 Noemie Scharle (FSU) def. #115 Abagail Tere-Apisah (GSU) 6-3, 6-3

#46 Katie Rybakova (FSU) def. Katerina Gresova (GSU) 6-2, 6-1

Kir Kemp (GSU) def. Federica Suess (FSU) 2-6, 6-2, (10-7)

Ruth Seaborne (FSU) def. Vi Troung (GSU) 6-0, 6-1

Otilia Lindqvist (GSU) def. Manon Veldman (FSU) 6-4, 6-3

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

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