Feb. 24, 2008
Tallahassee, Fla. - With one final swing of her racquet, Florida State freshman Federica Suess ended a difficult, three-set battle to give the No. 20 Seminoles (8-1) their 14th-straight win at home over No. 35 Louisiana State (5-2) on Sunday, Feb. 24.
"This was definitely a total team effort," said head coach Jennifer Hyde. "It's always good when everyone contributes in one way or another and that's what it took for us to get the job done today."
For just the second time in her young career, Suess (Ludwigshafen, Germany) dropped her first set 2-6 and was forced to ink her 19th victory of the year in the final two sets 6-1, 6-4 to give Florida State the win.
"For Federica, clinching the team win at number six as a freshman was just great," said Hyde. "Now she has that experience under belt that she will be able to use later in the season."
Senior Carolin Walter (Bingen, Germany) picked up the Seminoles' first singles win of the afternoon with a 7-5, 6-1 defeat of the Tigers' Tiffany Tucker on court three. Just after that, sophomore Lauren Macfarlane (Odgen, Utah) kept her spring undefeated streak alive with her eighth-straight dual match victory over LSU's Mykala Hedberg 6-3, 6-2.
"Carolin came through with a big victory that really opened everything up for us," said Hyde. "And Lauren really continued the dominance that has characterized her playing style all season."
After Suess clinched the team victory at 4-2, junior Ania Rynarzewska (Inowroclaw, Poland) dug in on court five to win a third-set tie breaker 11-9 giving Florida State its fifth victory of the day 6-4, 3-6, 1-0 (11-9) over the Tigers' Nicole Kantor.
Freshman No. 46 Katie Rybakova (Coral Springs, Fla.) also put forth a tremendous effort on the center court in an attempt to upset LSU's No. 15 Megan Falcon, but Rybakova fell short 5-7, 3-6.
Macfarlane and fellow sophomore Jessica Wente (Whitehouse, Texas) also clinched the doubles point for the Seminoles earlier in the day with an 8-6 victory over the Tigers' Staten Spencer and Nicole Kantor. Rynarzewska and senior Tapiwa Marobela (Gabarone, Botswana) picked up Florida State's first doubles win with an 8-1 routing of Tucker and Hannah Robinson.
Florida State will try to advance its home winning streak to 15 this Friday, Feb. 29 against its first ACC opponent of the season, Miami, at 3:00 p.m.