TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida State’s women’s tennis team finished a great weekend at their Seminole Quad Tournament by winning both flights in singles on Sunday. Senior Katie Rybakova defeated teammate and fellow senior Federica Suess 6-3, 6-2 in one flight championship. Sophomore Noemie Scharle finished off a great tournament by defeating the 30th ranked player in the country in South Florida’s Irene Rehberger 6-4, 6-4.
“This was another good weekend of match play for us,” said head coach Jennifer Hyde. “We got to specifically identify things we need to work on as we head into next weekend’s regional championships up in Athens.”
The players showed they were able to battle back from behind to win several matches, and their coach certainly took notice.
“A couple of the girls were in tough situations this weekend and they got through it very well, said Hyde. “There is one thing this team definitely does not lack, and that is fight. That is something we identify in the recruiting process and is something that is going to get you through those hard times. They definitely demonstrated that very well this weekend and I was proud of that. This team has always been made up of fighters, so it’s good to see that tradition continues.”
The win for Scharle was her fifth victory over a top 100 opponent this season, and topped off a great tournament for her.
“Today I was really nervous to start off the match,” said Scharle. “I was down 4-1 right way and I just tried to calm down, play my game and after that it went fine, but I still didn’t play a complete game. The second set, when I was winning I would back off and didn’t play my game, but at the end I just tried to focus on the last game and it worked out finally. I am happy to win this tournament, it feels really good. I am having a good start to my season, so I am happy.”
Playing at home is considered an advantage to most players, but Scharle admits she was a little nervous to be playing her first home match of the season.
“I was really nervous to be honest, because usually at home I never play well,” said Scharle. “I think when I play in front of our home crowd I sometimes put too much pressure on myself, but I am just happy to have won this tournament. It gives me so much confidence for the upcoming tournaments and to win in front of my home crowd feels good.”
While the team saw great success in singles, one area the team did not play to their expectations was in doubles, where the girls went 1-5 in their weekend matches.
“Doubles is definitely an area we have got to hone in on,” said Hyde. “We are doing a lot of the right things in doubles, but the execution is not quite there yet. That is something we are definitely going to focus on this week as we are getting ready for our next competition.”
“I think everybody has to work on doubles right now,” added Scharle. “We have new teams, especially Fede and Fran who have not played together, so that is new for them. Katie and I we are trying to switch it up, she now goes to the back end and I am to the front end. Even though we lost today, it was much better than yesterday, so we just have to work on it and I think we will be fine. We have to figure out our own game, be more aggressive, have to go to the net and it will work itself out.”
Overall it was a successful tournament for the team, and they were able to build a lot of confidence over the course of the weekend.
“I was proud of the girls in singles,” remarked Hyde. “Across the board everyone got better this weekend in singles. To win a couple flights at your own home event is always fun and is a good way to finish the last day up. More than anything we got a lot of good, competitive matches under our belts leading into next weekend. All in all it was a good weekend. We definitely have improvements we need to make, and things we need to hone in on, but for now we are pretty pleased with the way the weekend turned out.”
The Seminoles will now travel to Athens, Georgia for the ITA Regional Championships beginning next Friday, October 22. Keep up with the Seminoles on twitter @fsu_wtennis and www.seminoles.com for updates throughout the weekend. Draws will be posted when available.
Singles Round 1
Scharle (FSU) d. Kilborn (GT) 6-1, 6-1
Rybakova (FSU) d. Newton (AUB) 6-1, 7-5
Suess (FSU) d. Stroet (MISS) 1-6, 6-4, 6-3
Guthrie (MISS) d. Segarelli (FSU) 7-5, 6-4
Scheimann (AUB) d. Veldman (FSU) 6-3, 6-2
Singles Round 2
Scharle (FSU) d. Vogel (MISS) 6-3, 6-3
Rybakova (FSU) d. Bejlkova (USF) 7-6, 6-4
Suess (FSU) d. Blau (GT) 7-5, 6-2
Segarelli (FSU) D. Thornton (AUB) 4-6, 6-3, 6-4
Kurteva (AUB) d. Veldman (FSU) 6-0, 6-1
Doubles Round 1
Thornton/Newton (AUB) d. Scharle/Rybakova (FSU) 9-8 (1)
Kasler/Schippers (AUB) d. Segarelli/Suess (FSU) 8-6
Doubles Round 2
Scharle/Rybakova (FSU) d. Vogel/Rangel (MISS) 8-3
Vesenina/Rehberger (USF) d. Segarelli/Suess (FSU) 8-6
Doubles Round 3
Vesenina/Rehberger (USF) d. Scharle/Rybakova (FSU) 8-6
Vogel/Rangel (MISS) d. Veldman/Suess (FSU) 8-6
Singles Round 3
Scharle (FSU) d. Rehberger (USF) 6-4, 6-4
Rybakova (FSU) d. Suess (FSU) 6-3, 6-2
Arechavaleta (AUB) d. Veldman (FSU) 6-3, 6-4