Orlando, FL - The No. 36 Florida State women’s tennis team (5-4, 1-1) bounced back after two tough losses to soundly defeat the Central Florida Knights (5-6) by a 6-1 score during the Seminoles second road match in four days at the UCF Tennis Complex on Wednesday afternoon.
“The girls did a great job of taking care of business today,” said head coach Jennifer Hyde. “After suffering a tough loss against USF a few days ago, we needed a solid win under our belts heading into our upcoming ACC match against Clemson.”
Unlike the match on Sunday against the Bulls, Florida State started this day off on the right foot this time winning the critical doubles point against the Knights. The sensational team of freshman Ruth Seaborne and sophomore Francesca Segarelli continued their strong play winning their doubles match against UCF’s top tandem Genevieve Lorbergs and Courtney Griffith by a resounding 8-3 score. Sophomore Amy Sargeant and senior Katie Rybakova defeated UCF’s duo of Alexis Rodriguez and Josephine Haraldson 8-4 to give the Seminoles the point in doubles.
In singles FSU needed to win on only three courts, but accomplished victories on the top five courts taking home the victory. Sophomore Francesca Segarelli played her first match on court number one, and it was a complete success as she defeated UCF’s Alexis Rodriguez 6-2, 6-0. Senior Katie Rybakova continued her hot streak defeating Genevieve Lorbergs 6-2, 6-2 on court two. Fellow senior Federica Suess took home the victory on court three defeating the Knights Courtney Griffith 6-1, 6-0. Freshman phenom Ruth Seaborne racked up another win with a 6-1, 6-2 victory over UCF’s Jenna Doerfler. Not to be outdone, sophomore Amy Sargeant continued her successful comeback from injury with a 6-3, 6-2 victory over Josephine Haraldson.
While the victory was much needed for the team following two difficult losses to Florida and South Florida, the team knows there is little time to celebrate, as there are plenty of big matches up on the horizon.
“We have some very big matches on our radar in the coming weeks,” said Hyde. “It is very important that we continue to take each match as it comes and continue to stay focused on making improvements and getting better every day. We still have a huge chunk of the season ahead of us, and we will stay focused on one game day at a time.”
The Seminoles will now head home for a big ACC match against the No. 19 Clemson Tigers on Sunday, March 13 at 12:00 p.m. at the Scott Speicher Tennis Center.
“Our upcoming match against Clemson is big for us,” added Hyde. “We need to rally the support of our fans on Sunday and get our crowds behind us this weekend. Our best tennis is still ahead of us.”
As always, fans can follow the team on www.seminoles.com, Twitter @FSU_WTennis and the Florida State Women's Tennis fan page on Facebook.
March 9, 2011 – Orlando, Fla.
No. 1 Segarelli/Seaborne (FSU) def. Lorbergs/Griffith (UCF) 8-3
No. 2 Sargeant/Rybakova (FSU) def. Rodriguez/Haraldson (UCF) 8-4
No. 3 Dubins/Yacaman (UCF) def. Veldman/Suess (FSU) 8-4
No. 1 Francesca Segarelli (FSU) def. Alexis Rodriguez (UCF) 6-2, 6-0
No. 2 #49 Katie Rybakova (FSU) def. Genevieve Lorbergs (UCF) 6-2, 6-2
No. 3 Federica Suess (FSU) def. Courtney Griffith (UCF) 6-1, 6-0
No. 4 Ruth Seaborne (FSU) def. Jenna Doerfler (UCF) 6-1, 6-2
No. 5 Amy Sargeant (FSU) def. Josephine Haraldson (UCF) 6-3, 6-2
No. 6 Allison Hodges (UCF) def. Manon Veldman (FSU) 6-0, 6-3