March 13, 2011
By Zach Mendelson, Seminoles.com
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The No. 36 Florida State women’s tennis team (5-5, 1-2) came just a few points away from perhaps its biggest victory of the 2011 season , but the No. 19 Clemson Tigers (11-5, 1-2) staged a dramatic comeback to defeat the Seminoles in a hard fought 5-2 loss at the Seminoles Scott Speicher Tennis Center.
“Today was a tough loss for us,” said head coach Jennifer Hyde. “After winning the doubles point and being up four first sets in singles, it’s disappointing that we were not able to play more complete matches than we did.”
The Seminoles began the day firing on all cylinders by winning the doubles point with victories on two of three courts. Sophomore Noemie Scharle and Federica Suess started off the action with an 8-2 victory over Clemson’s Maria Belaya and Nelly Ciolkowski on court two. Clemson’s No. 3 nationally ranked team of Josipa Bek and Keri Wong responded with an 8-5 victory on court one over the Seminoles young duo of freshman Ruth Seaborne and sophomore Francesca Segarelli. With the doubles point coming down to the wire in a tight battle on court three, sophomore Amy Sargeant and senior Katie Rybakova took control with a late surge to defeat Caroline Magnusson and Klara Vyskocilova 8-5 to take the doubles point.
In singles the Seminoles continued their strong play by winning the first set on each of the top four courts, but the Tigers would rally to win the second set on all six courts. In only her third match on court one this season, sensational sophomore Francesca Segarell, came just a few points away from defeating No. 15 Josipa Bek 7-6 (7-5), 6-7 (7-4), 6-4. Despite winning their first sets, Scharle and Rybakova also suffered difficult losses on courts two and three respectively as the Tigers No. 58 Keri Wong and Nelly Ciolkowski came back to win in three sets. Senior Federica Suess battled hard in three sets as well and came away with a big upset win over No. 104 Klara Vyskocilova 6-4, 1-6, 6-4. Freshman Ruth Seaborne and sophomore Amy Sargeant would both fall in two sets as the Tigers claimed victories in five of the six singles matches.
The loss was a difficult one for the Seminoles who were seeking their first win over Clemson in over a decade, with the last win dating back to 2001. Overall the Tigers lead the all-time series record against FSU 19-8. While the loss to Clemson is a tough one for the team, Hyde plans to have her players focused on their upcoming matches.
“We continue to be on the verge of some pretty exciting things, and what’s important for us to do at this point is respond positively to this loss. I think the frustration is building, but that has to be channeled in the right direction,” added Hyde. “We have to work harder and keep our noses down. We are headed in the right direction.”
The Seminoles will next face off against the Georgia State Panthers on Thursday, March 17th at 3p.m. at the Scott Speicher Tennis Center. Following the match against the Panthers the team will leave 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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#3 Bek/Wong (CU) def. Segarelli/Seaborne (FSU) 8-5
Scharle/Federica Suess (FSU) def. Belaya/Ciolkowski (CU) 8-2
Rybakova/Sargeant (FSU) def. Magnusson/ Vyskocilova (CU) 8-5
Doubles Order of Finish – 2, 1, 3
#15 Josipa Bek (CU) def. Francesca Segarelli (FSU) 6-7 (7-5), 7-6 (7-4), 6-4
#58 Keri Wong (CU) def. #47 Noemie Scharle (FSU) 2-6, 6-4, 6-3
Nelly Ciolkowski (CU) def. #49 Katie Rybakova (FSU) 5-7, 6-3, 6-4
Federica Suess (FSU) def. #104 Klara Vyskocilova (CU) 6-3, 1-6, 6-4
Caroline Magnusson (CU) def. Ruth Seaborne (FSU) 6-4, 6-3
Maria Belaya (CU) def. Amy Sargeant (FSU) 7-6 (7-4), 6-3
Singles Order of Finish – 5, 6, 4, 3, 2, 1