March 16, 2006
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - The No. 61 Florida State women's tennis dropped a 6-1 decision to No. 3 North Carolina Wednesday afternoon at the Scott Speicher Tennis. Florida State freshman Suzanna Mansour picked up the lone point for the Seminoles as she recorded a 6-4, 7-5 victory at No. 5 singles.
FSU fell to 8-6 on the season and 1-3 in Atlantic Coast Conference action. The Tar Heels improved to 17-2 and 2-0 in league play.
"We came out really slow in doubles," Florida State head coach Jennifer Hyde, in her second season, said. "We picked it up at the end of doubles and won a couple of games. As for singles play, I thought Suzi competed really hard and came out strong. Nicola [Slater] went into three sets against a ranked player and nearly had the upset before losing the tiebreaker. Once again, our players fought hard...it's only a matter of time before everything will come together for us."
North Carolina jumped off to a 1-0 lead over Florida State winning all three doubles matches. The No. 7-ranked duo of Sara Anundsen and Jenna Long gained its 24th victory of the season with an 8-4 win over Mansour and freshman Ania Rynarzewska at center court.
In singles play, the Seminoles dropped matches at Nos. 1, 2, 3, 4 and 6. Mansour defeated Laura Reichart 6-4, 7-5 in the fifth position for the only FSU victory. No. 25 Jenna Long improved her singles record to 23-7 with a 6-4, 6-1 win over Rynarzewska at No.1. At the two seed, No. 64 Caitlin Collins cruised past Alina Mihailescu, 6-4, 6-3.
"I think Alina is playing the best tennis of her career," Hyde commented. "She is competing at No. 2 singles for us now because she is that type of player who rises to another level when she faces tougher competition. I think Alina has the ability to win some crucial matches this season."
No. 97 Sara Anundsen downed Slater in the third set, 6-1, 3-6, 7-6 (3) at No. 4 and the Tar Heels' Austin Smith and Meg Fanjoy gained wins sophomore Tapiwa Marobela and freshman Lisa Nystom-Skold at the No. 4 and 6 spots, respectively. Marobela fell 6-4, 6-3 and Nystrom-Skold dropped a 6-2, 6-1 decision.
FSU returns to action on March 25 at NC State.