April 11, 2010
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The No. 13 Florida State women’s tennis team (12-7, 6-2) closed out home play Sunday, April 11 as it defeated its sixth-consecutive Atlantic Coast Conference opponent in its 7-0 win over Maryland at the Scott Speicher Tennis Center. In honor of their seniors’ last home match, the Seminoles were able to go undefeated in both doubles and singles play.
“I think there is a direct correlation between being 6-0 right now and winning the doubles point the past six matches,” FSU Head Coach Jennifer Hyde said. “We are continuing to get the job done. I think the confidence is growing. I know down the road here this season winning the doubles point is going to be the deciding factor in a match. We are headed in the right direction.”
FSU started the momentum early on by winning the doubles point for the sixth-consecutive time with victories on all three courts.
Court one saw Lauren McCreless and Francesca Segarelli teaming up to dominate the Terps’ Julia Huschke and Maggie MacKeever 8-1.
Simultaneously, court two and three featured both FSU’s doubles pairs securing the lead point.
While the doubles duo of Federica Suess and Jessica Sucupira trumped Burce Kurkan and Lexi Brand 8-5 on court two, the twosome of Amy Sargeant and Katie Rybakova defeated Jordan Hansbrough and Lisa Miller 8-4 on court three.
The Seminoles continued to impress in singles as all but one `Nole won their match in back-to-back sets.
Court three saw FSU winning its second point as No. 89 Segarelli overpowered Julia Husckhe 6-1, 6-0.
Rybakova scored the squad’s third point as the junior trumped Miller 6-1, 6-0 on court two to improve her winning streak to six.
Securing the triumph for the Garnet and Gold was Sargeant on court four as the freshman defeated Jordan Hansbrough 6-1, 6-2 and earned her sixth-consecutive win.
Suess marked Florida State’s fifth point as the junior rolled past the Terrapins’ Brand 6-3, 6-2.
Despite falling in the first set 4-6 on court one to MacKeever, No. 20 McCreless quickly responded with a quick 6-0 win in the second set and continued her domination in the third-set tiebreaker with a score of 10-3. In earning Florida State’s sixth point, the senior extended her winning streak to six.
Closing out the day for the Seminoles was Sucupira on court five as the senior conquered Kurkan 6-2, 6-2 to win FSU’s seventh point.
“We definitely are riding a wave of momentum right now,” Coach Hyde said. “We need this going into our match with UNC and Duke because they are top 10 teams. We are capable of beating them and it’s just a matter of us putting things together like we have the past six matches. We are ready for them and ready for this opportunity, but we have a little bit of more work to do this week.”
Up next for Florida State will be the squad’s last regular season road trip to take on No. 7 Duke Saturday, April 17 at 1 p.m. and No. 2 North Carolina on Sunday at 1 p.m.
DOUBLES: 1, 2*, 3
1. McCreless/Segarelli def. Huschke/MacKeever 8-1
2. Suess/Sucupira def. Kurkan/Brand 8-5
3. Sargeant/Rybakova def. Hansbrough/Miller 8-4
SINGLES: 3, 2, 4*, 6, 1, 5
1. No. 20 Lauren McCreless def. Maggie MacKeever 4-6, 6-0, 10-3
2. Katie Rybakova def. Lisa Miller 6-1, 6-0
3. No. 89 Francesca Segarelli def. Julia Huschke 6-1, 6-0
4. Amy Sargeant def. Jordan Hansbrough 6-1, 6-2
5. Jessica Sucupira def. Burce Kurkan 6-2, 6-2
6. Federica Suess def. Lexi Brand 6-3, 6-1