Feb. 4, 2012
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - The No. 21 Florida State women's tennis team defeated Florida International University today, 5-2 at the Scott Speicher Tennis Center, moving to 4-1 on the season.
"The girls did a good job today of taking care of business," Head Coach Jennifer Hyde said. "Securing that doubles point is something as the season grows it's going to be of greater importance."
The Seminoles started out the match by securing the doubles point, with wins from junior Francesca Segarelli and sophomore Ruth Seaborne on the second court. They defeated the team of Guilianna Boha and Karyn Gutttormsen to move to 5-0 in doubles play on the season.
"It was good to have Noemie back in doubles," Hyde said. "She and Leyla played quite well together for their first time together as a partnership on court."
After being down 4-7, juniors Carolina De los Santos and Amy Sargeant battled back to take their match in a tie break against Sarah McClean and Rita Masiak, 8-7 (7-2). "It was nice to see Amy and Carolina come back from a 4-7 deficit," Hyde said. "They had the willingness to hang in there and get that third point in order to sweep doubles. There's still a lot we have to work in that area, but we saw some improvement today and we're going to keep at it."
In singles, De Los Santos continues to put out a strong effort on the fifth court as she defeated Guttormsen, 6-0, 6-0 to move to 5-0 on the season. In five matches, De Los Santos has only given up a total of 12 games.
Sargeant worked out of the sixth spot, claiming her match against Djordjevic, 6-2, 6-0, making the score 3-1 in favor of FSU.
Moving up a spot from Wednesday's match against UNF, Erkan won her match on the number two court against Johnson, 6-2, 6-2. Erkan is now 5-0 in singles play, working from three different positions.
"I continue to be impressed with Leyla," Hyde stated. "She's playing very smart and composed tennis for a freshman. She's in there and competing very hard. Both her and Carolina's records of 5-0 speak to the level to which they're competing."
Taking her second win in singles on the season, Seaborne claimed her match against Masiak, 6-3, 6-2 in the third position, making the score 5-1.
Segarelli got off to a slow start against McLean, dropping the first set, 7-6 but stormed back to take the second set in a tiebreak, 7-6 (7-4). McLean survived a super tiebreaker against Segarelli, 10-6.
"We are looking forward to Auburn next week," Hyde said. "We have a couple days to rest and get ready as well as put in more hard work before we step back out on the court."
The Seminoles will take the court on Sunday, Feb.12 against Auburn at 12 p.m. Times and locations of matches are subject to change. Check back to Seminoles.com and Twitter (FSU_Wtennis) for more information. 645-GAME is the weather hotline for Florida State Athletics and can be used to check-in for weather updates.
1. De Los Santos/Sargeant def. McClean/Maisak: 8-7 (7-2)
2. Segarelli/Seaborne def. Boha/Guttorsmsen:8-1
3. Erkan/Scarle def. Johnson/Djordevic: 8-2
Order of finish: 2,3,1
1. McClean def. Segarelli: 6-3, 6-7 (7-4), 10-6
2. Erkan def. Johnson: 6-2, 6-2
3. Seaborne def. Maisak: 6-3, 6-2
4. Boha ret. Scharle: 3-2
5. De Los Santos def. Guttormsen: 6-0, 6-0
6. Sargeant def. Djordjevic:6-2, 6-0
Order of finish: 4,5,6,3,2,1