Feb. 3, 2008
Tallahassee, Fla. - Just as they powered past Rice on Friday, the No. 21-ranked Florida State women's tennis squad continued their dominant start to the spring season with a pair of 7-0 victories over Illinois and Stetson.
"It was a good weekend for the Seminoles," said head coach Jennifer Hyde. "The girls did a great job taking care of business. It was a good couple of competitive matches for us. Right now we're just continuing to focus on getting better and working hard. We're not anywhere near where we're going to be or where we need to be."
Florida State powered through all three of its weekend matches without incurring a loss in singles or doubles, finishing with a perfect 27-0 record. In fact, the Seminoles lost just two sets through all three team matches.
In the morning match against Illinois, Florida State jumped ahead of the Fighting Illini picking up the doubles point on an 8-3 victory from senior Carolin Walter and freshman Federica Suess and an 8-4 victory from sophomores Lauren Macfarlane and Jessica Wente. Florida State's No. 34-ranked pairing of junior Ania Rynarzewska and freshman Katie Rybakova also pulled out a tough, 8-7(0) victory over Illinois.
The Seminoles continued to roll over the Illini in singles as No. 16 Rybakova picked up the first singles point in a 6-3, 6-1 defeat over Leigh Finnegan. No. 60 Walter powered past Marisa Lambropoulos 6-3, 6-2 for the Seminoles' third point. Newcomer Suess pushed her collegiate record to 14-4 as she scored the match-clinching mark for FSU with a win over Shivani Dave 6-2, 6-2.
Less than an hour after wrapping up with Illinois, the Seminoles were back on the court facing in-state rivals Stetson. A pair of 8-3 victories from two senior/freshman duos gave Florida State the doubles point as Tapiwa Marobela and Bonny Davidson made their first appearance of the day. The stellar sophomores Wente and Macfarlane picked up the third victory on a come-from-behind tie-breaker.
If the Seminoles were tired by the time they reached their final singles grouping of the day they didn't show it. All six competitors dominated their Hatter opponents in straight sets. Suess made quick work of Stetson's Catherine Canady 6-1, 6-0 for FSU's second point. Walter picked up the third point with a 6-1, 6-0 win over Unnah Purushotham. Rynarzewska clinched the Seminoles' third victory of the weekend in a 6-1, 6-1 defeat over the Hatters' Megan Jones.
Following a few days' rest, Florida State looks to continue its impressive undefeated streak next weekend at home versus UCF and FAMU on Saturday, Feb. 9 and Jacksonville on Sunday, Feb. 10.