Malibu, CA - After having play postponed on Wednesday due to prolonged rain delays, Florida State's star sophomore Noemie Scharle, the 59th ranked player in the country, played today against No. 33 Nazari Urbina of Texas A&M in the third round of the Riviera/ITA Women's All-American Championships in qualifying singles. Despite a strong effort to advance to the main draw, Scharle fell in her match to Urbina 6-1, 6-7 (7), 6-3.
While Scharle's time in Malibu has ended, she had quite the run this week, first defeating Fresno State's Marianne Jodoin 6-1, 6-4 to advance on to the second round. Scharle followed up her dominant first round performance by soundly defeating the tournament's fourth seeded athlete and No. 24 ranked player in the country in Duke's Nadine Fahoum 6-3, 6-4.
"Noemie's opponent came out firing on all cylinders today right from the first point and didn't let up until an hour into the match," said associate head coach Oliver Foreman. "It was an amazing display of offensive tennis. There was little to nothing Noemie could do. It was a matter of scratching and clawing her way back into the matchn which she did. Noemie was 6-1, 4-1 down and what I felt was a pivotal moment in that set she pulled out a very tight 4-1 game to go 4-2 and I think it gave Noemie a little belief in playing a style of game she is not particularly comfortable with. Noemie started to control her baseline and started to attack and push her opponent back. Once that began the quality of tennis was amazing. Noemie dug in and pulled out the secnd 7-6 with some awesome tennis."
Foreman added, "In the first game of the final set her opponent rolled her ankle and took a medical timeout and from that point on Noemie lost her rhythm and confidence on striking the ball. She fought valiantly and even though she lost this battle I know she learned a lot about herself today, and how far she is willing to dig in order to find her way back into a match."
While it was a tough loss, Foreman knows Scharle has no reason to hang her head, "She has a lot to be proud of from this tournament and picked up a few very good wins. Its just great as a coach to see a player who was out for so long back at that level again, and I'm sure there will be some more great matches from her very soon."
The Seminoles will now return home to host Auburn, Ole Miss and South Florida next weekend in the Seminole Quad Tournament beginning on Friday, October 15th.