Florida State Athletics
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — No. 14 Florida State came away with a solid first day at the Seminole Quad held at the Scott Speicher Center, winning both of its doubles matches and three of five matches in singles against Central Florida.
“I thought we did a good job today,” said head coach Jennifer Hyde.”I felt like we came out very well in doubles and set the tone in all of our matches.”
Florida State’s young duo of sophomore Francesca Segarelli and freshman Ruth Seaborne defeated UCF’s Jenny Fisell and Alexis Rodriguez 8-3 in doubles while Seminole senior’s Federica Suess and Katie Rybakova defeated the No. 44 tandem of Genevieve Lorbergs and Courtney Griffith 8-5.
In singles, Segarelli, the 2010 ACC freshman of the year, defeated Iowa’s 70th-ranked Sonja Molnar 6-1, 6-4 while Suess defeated Alexis Dorr in a hard-fought tiebreaker 6-0, 6-6 (9-7).
“It was really exciting to get into back into it, everyone was ready to play and it was a good day for tennis,” Suess said. “It is always good to come out well in preparation tournaments like this, that is where you get your confidence for the season, so obviously it is good to have some wins under your belt.”
After winning her first match in doubles, freshman Ruth Seaborne also won her first singles match as a Seminole, defeating Iowa’s Lynne Poggensee-Wei 6-0, 6-3.
While the play by Seaborne didn’t appear to be that of a first time player, she admitted to some first day jitters. “To be honest I was a little bit nervous this morning, but was more excited than anything and was just ready to bring it on,” Seaborne said.
“I felt comfortable out there and felt like I had something to prove to the team, show them what I can do, and I think I did that.”