ATLANTA, Ga. – The No. 20 Florida State women's tennis team (4-2, 1-1) rebounded from a tough road loss to rival Miami to win its first Atlantic Coast Conference match of the 2011 season by defeating the No. 15 Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (5-4, 0-1) in a hard fought 5-2 victory during a “Gold Out” match at the Bill Moore Tennis Center.
"I'm very proud of the girls and their efforts today," said head coach Jennifer Hyde. "It feels amazing to walk away with a win against a very good team."
The Seminoles came out firing on all cylinders by winning the doubles point with victories on two of three courts. Sophomore Amy Sargeant, playing in her first match of the season, made her official return from hip surgery a triumphant one by winning her doubles match along with senior doubles partner Katie Rybakova. The two played like seasoned veterans in defeating Georgia Tech's Lynn Blau and Muriel Wacker 8-4. Not to be outdone, sophomore Noemie Scharle and senior Federica Suess defeated the Yellow Jackets No. 70 ranked tandem of Sasha Krupina and Elizabeth Kilborn 8-6 to take home the doubles point.
"Fede and Noemie were down 5-0 at the #1 doubles spot, and they showed a ton of guts to rally back to clinch the doubles point for us," said Hyde. "Oliver did a great job of coaching them through that match, and the girls responded and executed unbelievably well."
In singles the Seminoles continued their strong play by winning of four of the six courts. The Seminoles earned two victories over ranked opponents as Rybakova defeated No. 105 Viet Ha Ngo 6-3, 7-5 and sophomore Francesca Segarelli, the 2009 ACC freshman of the year, defeated No. 92 Caroline Lilley 6-2, 0-6, 6-2. Sensational freshman Ruth Seaborne defeated Yellow Jacket senior Lynn Blau 6-4, 6-4 to give the Seminoles the pivotal fourth point to seal the victory. Sargeant finished up the great day for the Seminoles by defeating Elizabeth Kilborn 6-2, 6-7 (3-7), 6-2.
"I am very proud of Amy and the job she did today" added Hyde. "She got it done in both doubles and singles today and it is great to see her competing again. She definitely gets the game ball today.
The victory was quite the turnaround for the Seminoles after dropping a 6-1 decision to No. 10 Miami during a Feb. 13 match in Coral Gables in the Seminoles ACC opener. The team made the best of having a week off by using the extra time off to prepare themselves for their match against Georgia Tech. The extra time proved beneficial to the Seminoles success as they defeated the Yellow Jackets from start to finish.
"Today was a complete team effort," Hyde said. "Everyone on the team contributed to the win, and those kinds of wins are so meaningful. We knew we had an opportunity to get over a big hump today and we did just that."
With the victory, Florida State now holds a 18-9 edge in the all-time series against Georgia Tech. The two teams had previously faced each in 2009 when the No. 17 Seminoles defeated the No. 7 Yellow Jackets 4-3 in the quarterfinals of the 2009 ACC Tournament. Last year's match with Georgia Tech at home was postponed due to rain and the match was never made up.
The Seminoles will return home to the Scott Speicher Tennis Center to face the No. 2 Florida Gators (10-1) on Tuesday, March 1st at 4pm in what will be certainly one of the most competitive matches of the season.
"We will enjoy this for a day and definitely take the momentum into our battle with the Gators on Tuesday afternoon," Hyde concluded. "We can't wait to lace it up again."
Admission to all home matches is free. The first fans will receive a FSU tennis car magnet. Fans can follow the match against Florida with live stats on http://www.seminoles.com. Fans can follow the women's tennis team all year on Twitter @FSU_WTENNIS and Facebook on the Florida State Women's Tennis fan page.
Noemie Scharle/Federica Suess (FSU) def. #70 Sasha Krupina/Elizabeth Kilborn (GT) 8-6 - Finished 3rd
#68 Jillian O'Neill/Viet Ha Ngo (GT) def. #47 Francesca Segarelli/Ruth Seaborne (FSU) 8-2 - Finished 1st
Katie Rybakova/Amy Sargeant (FSU) def. Lynn Blau/Muriel Wacker 8-4 (GT) - Finished 2nd
#65 Katie Rybakova (FSU) def. #105 Viet Ha Ngo (GT) 6-3, 7-5 - Finished 2nd
Francesca Segarelli (FSU) def. #92 Caroline Lilley (GT) 6-2, 0-6, 6-2 - Finished 5th
#61 Jillian O'Neill (GT) def. #32 Noemie Scharle (FSU) 6-4, 6-1 - Finished 1st
Sasha Krupina (GT) def. Federica Suess (FSU) 6-1, 5-7, 6-0 - Finished 4th
Ruth Seaborne (FSU) def. Lynn Blau (GT) 6-4, 6-4 - Finished 3rd
Amy Sargeant (FSU) def. Elizabeth Kilborn (GT) 6-2, 6-7 (3-7), 6-2 - Finished 6th