WEYMOUTH, Mass. - The red-hot, No. 31 Florida State women’s tennis team (10-7, 5-4 ACC) won their third consecutive ACC match by defeating the No. 46 Boston College Eagles (7-12, 2-7 ACC) by a score of 4-3 on a brisk Sunday afternoon at the Eagles indoor courts of the Weymouth Club. The contest was called early after senior Federica Suess won the match deciding point to give the Seminoles a 4-1 lead. The victory was the 102nd of Suess’s career, tying a Florida State school record for all-time singles wins.
“The girls had another a great match today,” said head coach Jennifer Hyde. “This was a big road trip for us at the end of the season, it’s definitely one of the harder trips on our schedule, and I think it went as well as we could have hoped.”
From the very start it was the Seminoles day as they won the critical doubles point for the third straight match, defeating the Eagles on two courts and leading 8-7 on the final court before it was called to expedite the match.
“Once again doubles set the tone for us very early in the match and it made a tremendous difference for us going into singles,” Hyde said. “Its so important for our confidence to head into singles with that doubles point under our belts.”
Senior Katie Rybakova and sophomore Amy Sargeant started off the action by winning the first win in doubles with an 8-5 victory over the Eagles Katharine Attwell and Katarina Gajic on court three.
Suess and sophomore Noemie Scharle then sealed the doubles point victory as they defeated Boston College’s top duo Erina Kikuchi and Veronica Corning 9-7 on court one.
Sophomore Francesca Segarelli and freshman Ruth Seaborne looked to finish the clean sweep in doubles as they fought back from behind to take a 8-7 lead over the Eagles Alex Kelleher and Olga Khmylev on court two, but the match was called early to move the contest forward.
“Katie and Sarge took an early lead on their court and that gives all the other doubles courts some confidence early in the match. Noemie and Fede did a great job of fighting from behind to clinch the doubles point for us. Fran and Ruth were down 4-7, and when Fede and Fran clinched they were actually ahead 8-7, so for both of those doubles teams to come from behind and fight their way back made a tremendous difference today.”
The momentum continued for the Seminoles in singles as Seaborne defeated Boston College’s Corning 6-1, 6-2 in straight sets on court four. Boston College would strike back as Kikuchi defeated Segarelli on court two in straight sets, 6-2, 6-4.
The Seminoles would extend their lead again as Rybakova, ranked No. 42 in the country, fought back after losing the second set to defeat the Eagles Kelleher 6-0, 3-6, 6-0 at the No. 1 singles spot. The victory was Rybakova’s team leading 20th of the season, and marks the 99th victory of her career, second most in school history. She has won six over her past seven matches in singles.
Not to be outdone, fellow senior Suess finished off the day with a career milestone, winning the fourth and match-winning point, as well as tying the Florida State school record for career wins in singles, defeating Olga Khmylev 7-6 (8-6), 6-3. The victory ties Suess with her former teammates Jessica Sucupira and Lauren McFarlane at 102 career victories in singles, the most in program history.
“Fede’s career here has been phenomenal,” Hyde said. “She has been one of the most consistent performers I have ever had the opportunity to coach. It’s amazing for her to have her name in the record books as one of the most successful players in the history of the program. She has been one of the hardest workers we have ever had, and its no surprise that she was able to reach the all-time wins list along with a couple of her former teammates.”
Following Suess’s victory the match was called early due to a prior agreement between teams due to travel considerations. Scharle, ranked No. 62 in the country, was leading her match against the No. 113 player in the country in the Eagles Katarina Gajic, winning the first set 7-6 (11-9). Sargeant’s match was also decided early, as she was aiming to win her fourth straight match, and fifth out of six, as she led Katharine Attwell 7-5 through the first set.
With the victory Florida State extends its lead in the all-time series to an impressive 7-0 unblemished record over Boston College.
The Seminoles will now return home to play the final two matches at home against the No. 3 North Carolina Tar Heels on Friday, April 15 in the annual "Paint It Pink" match at 4:00 p.m. and then wrap up the regular season with senior day against the No. 4 Duke Blue Devils on April 17th at 12 p.m. at the Scott Speicher Tennis Courts.
“We are certainly going to enjoy the wins from this road trip,” said Hyde. “We need to make sure to spend some time in the training room working on recovery this week to make sure we are ready for two top five teams in North Carolina and Duke. Senior weekend is going to be a very special weekend for us. We are looking forward to the opportunity to play against two top teams in our league. It's definitely time to keep stepping up the level of play.”
1. #42 Katie Rybakova (FSU) def. Alex Kelleher (BC) 6-0, 3-6, 6-3
2. Erina Kikuchi (BC) def. Francesca Segarelli (FSU) 6-2, 6-4
3. #113 Katarina Gajic (BC) def. #62 Noemi Scharle (FSU) 6-7(11-9), 5-1 (ret.)
4. Ruth Seaborne (FSU) def. Veronica Corning (BC) 6-1, 6-2
5. Federica Suess (FSU) def. Olga Khmylev (BC) 7-6 (8-6), 6-3
6. Katharine Attwell (BC) def. Amy Sargeant (FSU) 5-7, 5-5 (ret.)
Order of finish: 4, 2, 1, 5*, 6, 3
1. Scharle/Suess def (FSU) Kikuchi/Corina (BC) 9-7
2. Segarelli/Seaborne (FSU) def. Kelleher/Khmylev (BC) DNF
3. Sargeant/Rybakova (FSU) def. Gajic/Attwell (BC) 8-5
Order of finish: 3, 1*, DNF