April 15, 2012
TALLAHASSEE, Fla.- The No.33 Florida State women's tennis fell in their last regular season match today 4-3 to No.15 Virginia at the Scott Speicher Tennis Center.
"Today's match is definitely a stinger," head coach Jennifer Hyde said. "After winning that doubles point and having a couple leads in the match slip away definitely hurts. We were poised for that big win of the season that we've been looking for. We had it within our grasp and we came up a little short today."
After freshman Leyla Erkan and Mia Vriens fell to No.32 Lindsey Hardenbergh and Emily Frasier 8-2 on court two in doubles, juniors Carolina De los Santos and Francesca Segarelli completed a comeback on court three. The pair fell into a 5-2 hole before snatching the next ten points in order to pull within one at 5-4. They would win five straight games before putting away Li Xi and Caryssa Pertez, 8-6.
As both teams with a match win, all eyes turned to the battle on court one between No.60 Erin Vierra and Hana Tomljanovic and junior Amy Sargeant and sophomore Ruth Seaborne. The Seminoles would hold on to defeat the Cavaliers, 8-6 taking the doubles point.
"I was proud of the way we got that doubles point, "Hyde said. "Those guys got behind early in doubles but they found a way to dig themselves out of some holes and really did a good job of getting that doubles point to go up 1-0."
In singles, Sargeant gave the Seminoles a 2-0 edge as she defeated Molly O'Koniewski on court six, 6-1, 6-1.
"Amy competed very hard," Hyde said. "She played very well down at six." The Seminoles lead would be cut in half as Seaborne fell on court one to No.19 Fraser, 6-1, 6-1.
On court two, Erkan would drop her match to No.38 Hardenbergh 6-1, 6-3, tying the score 2-2 with three close matches still in play.
After falling big in the first set, Segarelli came back to take her match in three sets against Vierra on court four, 1-6, 6-1, 6-4. At this point, Florida State regained the lead at 3-2 with two matches left.
"Fran got herself in a hole," Hyde said. "She fought her way out by playing very solid second and third sets of tennis."
Florida State would give up the next two points as Vriens fell to No.109 Tomlijanovic in three sets, 3-6, 6-4, 7-5 on court three.
The Seminoles would fall with a final score of 4-3 after De Los Santos dropped her match to Pertez, 6-7, 6-4, 6-4.
"Despite the tough loss today, we are already looking ahead to our first round match at the ACC Championship this Thursday and will know later today who we will see in that match at noon against Virginia Tech. We still have so much ahead and much to prove in the next 5 weeks.This time of year is why you play college tennis, and Championship season is now directly in front of us. I can't wait to get this team to Cary, NC and make a run at another title again this year. This is by far the most exciting time of the tennis season."
Florida State will head to the ACC Tournament this week in Cary, N.C.as they will face Virginia Tech at 12 p.m. on Thursday. Check back to Seminoles.com and Twitter (FSU_wtennis) for more information.
1. No.19 Emily Fraser def. Ruth Seaborne: 6-1, 6-1
2. No.38 Lindsey Hardenbergh def. Leyla Erkan: 6-1, 6-3
3. N0.106 Hana Tomljanovic def. Mia Vriens: 3-6, 6-4, 7-5
4. Francesca Segarelli def. Erin Vierra: 1-6, 6-1, 6-4
5. Caryssa Pertez, def. Carolina De los Santos: 6-7 (2-7), 6-4, 6-4
6. Amy Sargeant def. Molly O'Koniwski: 6-1, 6-1
Order of Finish: 6,1,2,4,3,5
1. Ruth Seaborne/Amy Sargeant def. No.60 Vierra/Tomlijanovic: 8-6
2. No.32 Hardenbergh/Fraser def. Mia Vriens/Leyla Erkan: 8-2
3. Francesca Segarelli/Carolina De Los Santos def. Xi/Pertez: 8-6
Order of Finish: