ATLANTA, Ga. – The Florida State women’s tennis team opened the first day of the Wilson/ITA Southeast Regional Championships with an impressive showing of seven singles victories and three doubles wins in spite of inclement weather rearranging the tournament schedule. The undefeated Seminoles will take the Bill Moore Tennis courts Saturday, October 24, at 8 a.m.
“It was a great day for the Seminoles today,” FSU Associate Head Coach Oliver Foreman said. “It is truly a rare occurrence when you compete in the toughest region in the country that seven girls can go out there and remain undefeated in singles and doubles for any day during this quality of a tournament. Our doubles is one element of our game that we have worked very hard on this week and our improvements have been absolutely amazing. The difference in our energy and passion out there has completely changed. We have to learn how to win again in our doubles, and today was the perfect step in that direction.”
Seeded eighth in the main doubles draw, Lauren McCreless (Macfarlane) and Francesca Segarelli opened the morning with a victory over Stetson’s Atkinson and Nowicki 8-5. The duo will match up against Ellis and Ueshima of Georgia tomorrow.
Jessica Sucupira and Noemie Scharle advanced past Georgia Tech’s Krupina and Ngo 9-7 to move on to the round of 16 where they face No. 36 Mejia and Vallverdu Saturday.
Battling out for a spot in the second round was Amy Sargeant and Federica Suess in their match against Beavers and Rolle of Georgia State. The twosome toppled the Panthers 9-8 (7) and will now play No. 6 Georgia’s Gilchrist and Gullickson who earned a bye in the first round.
Singles play was equally as successful for the ‘Noles with wins across the board in the first round of the main singles draw. With four Seminoles seeded in the top 11 of the draw, all six Seminoles advanced to the round of 32.
Posting her first victory over a ranked opponent was newcomer Sargeant in her match against No. 124 Alexis Brown of FAMU 6-0, 6-0. Fellow freshman Segarelli also won her match over Katherine Durden of FAMU 6-1, 6-1.
Fourth seeded Scharle, who is ranked No. 24, dominated her court with a win against FAMU’s Alice Izomor 6-0, 6-0, while No. 28 Rybakova, fifth seed, beat out Ali Beavers of Georgia State 6-3, 6-3.
Sucupira pushed her winning streak to seven matches with a win over Natalie Gorham of Stetson 6-1, 6-0.
No. 93 McCreless, seeded eleventh in the draw, defeated Priscilla Castillo of FIU 6-0, 6-2.
Closing out the day for the Garnet and Gold was No. 82 Suess in a battle against Stetson’s Virginia Galbarini. The ninth-seeded ‘Nole trumped the Hatter 1-6, 6-3, 6-1.
“Tomorrow will be a long day because of the weather today,” Coach Foreman said. “As the tournament progresses so will the level of competition and as long as we remain emotionally flexible and continue to show that same passion and energy out on court, every girl on this team has a shot at this tournament in both singles and doubles.”