March 23, 2008
Charlottesville, Va.-- It came down to the final singles match, but in the end the No. 15 FSU women's tennis squad could not hold up against No. 50 Virginia, falling 4-3 on the Cavaliers' home court. The Seminoles (12-3, 2-2) ended their road trip in Charlottesville with just their fifth loss to the Cavaliers (7-8, 3-2) in 21 face-offs.
Sophomore Lauren Macfarlane was the last player standing as the day filtered down to the court one match-up between the No. 68-ranked Utah-native and Virginia's Amanda Rales. Up 4-1 in the third set, Macfarlane seemed on pace to secure the Seminole win, but Rales wasn't ready to concede victory. In the end, Macfarlane was undone by the Cavaliers' top player 7-5, 1-6, 7-5.
"I'm very proud of how our girls fought," said head coach Jennifer Hyde. "We had every opportunity to win today, but we just couldn't capitalize on those opportunities--sometimes that happens. It wasn't for lack of fight or effort, Virginia just took advantage of some chances they had and in the end it made the difference."
The Seminoles did put up three singles victories over the Cavaliers to force them to take it to the final match. FSU freshmen Katie Rybakova and Federica Suess both came up with wins on courts two and six. Rybakova, ranked No. 33 in the country, defeated Virginia's Jennifer Stevens 6-4, 6-1 while Suess upended Hampton Williams 6-1, 6-4.
Junior Ania Rynarzewska also notched a singles victory as she defeated the Cavaliers' Lara Alexander 6-4, 6-4 in the number five spot.
Florida State also came away with a doubles win as Macfarlane and fellow sophomore Jessica Wente defeated Alexander and Williams 8-4.
"Today was just a great, exciting college match on both sides of the court," said Hyde. "That's why you coach and that's why you play college tennis, it's for matches like that."
The Seminoles will be back in action at home this weekend for a three-match homestand featuring three tough ACC opponents starting with No. 13 North Carolina on Friday, March 28 at the Scott Speicher Tennis Center.