TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The No. 14 Florida State women’s tennis team (2-0) came out strong on the first day of the ITA Kick-Off Weekend with a 5-2 victory over the No. 37 Princeton Tigers (4-1). Florida State will now play No. 24 Washington, who advanced by defeating No. 16 Texas in a nail biter, tomorrow at 2:00 p.m. at the Scott Speicher Tennis Center.
“Princeton played a really good match today,” said head coach Jennifer Hyde. “They have a team of fighters, they were scrappy and they definetly were very competitive out there. I was glad to see us take care of business and get the job done to help us advance to the next round.”
Florida State started out hot by quickly winning their first two matches in doubles as freshman Ruth Seaborne and sophomore Francesca Segarelli first defeated Princeton’s Hilary Bartlett and Taylor Marable 8-3. Senior’s Katie Rybakova and Federica Suess followed suit as they defeated the Tigers Blakely Ashley and Katherine Flanigan 8-4 to give the Seminoles the doubles point.
“It was nice to get that doubles point and start off with a 1-0 lead, which is really important in these big tournaments, but we have a lot of things we have to sharpen up on if we are going to advance through tomorrow. We will have to compete a lot harder and play with a lot more spirit and discipline than we did today.”
In the first match of the day, the Washington Huskies fought back from behind as they came back to shock the Texas Longhorns 4-3. The final point came down to an epic final battle between No. 6 Denise Dy who with an amazing comeback defeated No. 8 Aeriel Ellis 2-6, 7-6, 7-5.
“Washington played a really good, tight match with Texas today and they were willing to work very hard out there. We are going to have to match and exceed that tomorrow, and I know the girls will be ready. We are fired up for the opportunity to get to the ITA Team Indoors again this year.”
One thing that the Seminoles believe can help them get past a strong opponent in Washington is the full support of their fans.
“We love to have our Tallahassee tennis supporters in the stands, and we look forward to having them supporting us again tomorrow. It’s a very big match for us and we hope that people will come out and get behind these young ladies as they compete their hearts out.”
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Results Match 1 (Texas vs. Washington)
No. 6 Denise Dy (UW) def. No. 8 Aeriel Ellis (TX) 2-6, 7-6, 7-5
Venise Chan (UW) def. Krista Damico (TX) 6-3, 7-5
Samantha Smith (UW) def. Amanda Craddock (TX) 6-3, 2-6 7-6 (7-5)
Maggie Mello (UW) def. Anjela Nemcevic (UW) 6-4, 7-6 (7-4)
Juliana Gajic (UW) def. Lina Xu (WASH) 6-4, 6-4
Aleksandra Krlsjanin (UW) def. Cierra Gaytan-Leach (TX) 7-6 (7-4), 6-2
Damico/Aeriel Ellis (TX) vs. Chan/Dy (UW) - DNF
Gaytan-Leach/Craddock (TX) def. Smith/Nemcevic (UW) 8-3
Gajic/Mello (TX) def. Xu/Krlsjanin (UW) 8-1
Singles Order of Finish - 2, 6, 4, 5, 3, 1
Doubles Order of Finish - 3, 2, 1 (DNF)
Results Match 2 (Florida State vs. Princeton)
#42 Katie Rybakova FSU) def. Hilary Bartlett (PU) 4-6, 7-5 (11-9)
#18 Noemie Scharle (FSU) def. Taylor Marable 6-2, 6-3
Francesca Segarelli (FSU) def. Rachel Saiontz (PU) 6-2, 6-3
Monica Chow (PU) def. Ruth Seaborne (FSU) 6-3, 4-6 (10-6)
Federica Suess (FSU) def. Katherine Flanigan (PU) 6-2, 6-3
Blakely Ashley (PU) def. Manon Veldman (FSU) 6-0, 6-0
Seaborne/Segarelli (FSU) def. Bartlett/Marable (PU) 8-3
Scharle/Veldman (FSU) vs. Chow/Saiontz (PU) 5-5 (DNF)
Suess/Rybakova (FSU) def. Ashley/Flaningan (PU) 8-4
Singles Order of Finish - 6, 3, 2, 5, 4, 1
Doubles Order of Finish - 1, 3, 2 DNF
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