Sept. 21, 2007
ATLANTA - Florida State women's tennis wasted no time jumping into the fall season, defeating three of four doubles opponents in the first day flights of the Georgia Tech Invitational. The Seminoles conquered two of Georgia Tech's doubles teams, as well as a pairing from Harvard. Senior Carolin Walter and freshman Katie Rybakova also took victories in the singles competition later in the afternoon.
"It was a pretty good first day of fall competition for us," said head coach Jennifer Hyde. "I was very pleased with how they showed up for doubles first thing this morning. They came out of the blocks on fire. They were very aggressive, they stuck with the fundamentals very well."
Sophomores Lauren Macfarlane (Ogden, Utah) and Jessica Wente (Whitehouse, Texas) started the day off for the Seminoles with an 8-2 victory over Georgia Tech's Whitney McCray and Noelle Hickey. Rybakova (Coral Springs, Florida) and junior Ania Rynarzewska (Inowroclaw, Poland) battled a close match with the Yellow Jackets' Kristi Miller (the No.3- match-up, freshman Federica Suess (?, Germany) paired with Georgia's Adrienne Elsberry for a 8-2 victory over Harvard's Catriona Steward and Elizabeth Brook.
Walter and fellow senior Tapiwa Marobela (Gaborone, Botswana) nearly made it a doubles grand slam for the Seminoles, taking the Yellow Jackets' Christy Striplin and Amanda McDowell to a breaking point, falling just short of a win at 7-9.
In singles competition, Walter (Bingen, Germany) fought back from being down 5-2 in the third set, then rebounded from a 5-3 in the six-all tie-breaker against Georgia's No. 22-ranked Monika Dancevic 7-6, 4-6, 7-6. Newcomer Rybakova held her own in the Russian-native's first day of collegiate battle. In a dominant 7-5, 6-3 set, Rybakova defeated Georgia's Naoko Ueshima.
"Everyone played pretty well in singles," said Hyde. "Carolin had a very good match. It was an unbelievably high-quality tennis match on both sides. It's one of the best matches I've seen Carolin play since she's been at Florida State. She was just very professional in her approach. She was very patient, but aggressive when she needed to be. She really hung in there today and showed a lot of heart."
Competition continues tomorrow in all three flights for singles and doubles, starting at 10:00 am EST in Atlanta.