March 8, 2009
ATLANTA, Ga. - The No. 17 Florida State women’s tennis team suffered its third loss of the season to No. 8 Georgia Tech in its ACC season opener as they fell 5-2. Despite winning one point in singles to make the score 3-1, Florida State failed to continue the bounce back and left the Bill Moore Tennis Center with a 6-3 record. The Seminoles will continue their week long road trip as they travel to Miami to face the No. 6 Hurricanes Wednesday, March 11.
"I'm very proud with how the girls battled today," head coach Jennifer Hyde said. "We were a matter of points away from a very different result, and I know the team saw that fact very clearly."
The Seminoles started the day with Hyde mixing up the doubles team. Even with the change, Florida State was unable to surpass the Georgia Tech force and fell in all three courts.
"I was very pleased with how we did in doubles," Hyde said. "Even though we lost the doubles point, I think we worked through some kinks and are continuing to get better in all three positions. It's a challenge the team is up for and embracing. Once things really start to click for us on the doubles court, it could be very dangerous for our opponents. That one point isn't everything, but the advantage of winning that one point heading into singles does make a difference."
The Garnet and Gold then hit the courts for the singles portion of the match where only two Seminoles found success against the Yellow Jackets. As Georgia Tech extended their lead to 3-0, junior co-captain Jessica Sucupira (Whitehouse, Texas) stepped up for a huge victory against Viet Ha Ngo, 6-1, 6-4, to raise Florida State’s hope once again. Unfortunately, the Seminoles were unable to keep up the energy as No. 53 Nicole Hickey defeated No. 41 Katie Rybakova (Coral Springs, Fla.), 2-6, 7-6, 6-4, to secure the win for the Yellow Jackets. As the Seminoles continued to play for the final two points left on courts four and five, No. 93 Federica Suess (Ludwigshafen, Germany) gave Florida State its final point with her domination of No. 44 Christy Striplin on court four in spite of falling in the first set 4-6, 6-0, 6-4.
"We will rest for a few days so our kids who have been sick can get healthy again in order to be a solid team against Miami," Hyde said. ".
Florida State faces Miami at 2 p.m. then returns home to Tallahassee to match-up against the Clemson Tigers on Sunday, March 15 at 11 a.m. on the Scott Speicher Tennis Center.
Doubles- Order of Finish: 1, 2, 3
1. #16 Noelle Hickey/Christy Striplin def. Scharle/Rybakova 8-4
2. Irina Falconi/Sasha Krupina def. Suess/Sucupira 8-6
3. Lynn Blau/Amanda McDowell def. Macfarlane/Davidson 9-7
Singles- Order of Finish: 1, 3, 6, 2, 4, 5
1. #5 Irina Falconi def #38 Noemie Scharle 6-1, 6-4
2. #53 Nicole Hickey def. #41 Katie Rybakova 2-6, 7-6, 6-4
3. #18 Amanda McDowell def Lauren Macfarlane 6-3, 6-3
4. #93 Federica Suess def #44 Christy Striplin 4-6, 6-0, 6-4
5. Lynn Blau def Ania Rynarzewska 6-7, 6-3, 6-3
6. Jessica Sucupira def Viet Ha Ngo 6-1, 6-4