May 9, 2009

GAINESVILLE, Fla.-The No. 18 Florida State women's tennis team cruised to the doubles point and captured three hard-fought singles matches to defeat No. 33 Auburn, 4-0, on Saturday at Linder Stadium at Ring Tennis Complex in the NCAA First Round.

The Seminoles (17-7) advance to the NCAA Second Round to face the winner of the Florida/College of Charleston contest. Sunday's championship game commences at 2 p.m. EST at Linder Stadium at Ring Tennis Complex. Single-day tickets for Sunday's session are $3 for everyone and may be purchased at Linder Stadium. Auburn, making its third consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance, ends its season at 11-13.

"Our girls did a really good job of setting the tone today, starting with doubles," FSU head coach Jennifer Hyde said. "We did a good job of backing Auburn down on a lot of the courts. Auburn's a heck of a team, and we knew it was going to be a gritty match today. I thought we did a really good job against a really good Auburn team."

Florida State's No. 3 doubles tandem of Lauren Macfarlane and Noemie Scharle motored past Auburn's Fani Chifchieva and Taylor Schreimann, 8-1, before the Seminoles' Jessica Sucupira and Bonny Davidson clinched the doubles point for their team with an 8-2 victory against the Tigers' Myrthe Molenveld and Daniela Vukadinovic.

In singles, Macfarlane defeated Myrthe, 6-2, 6-3 to put Florida State ahead 2-0. At No. 1 singles, the Seminoles Katie Rybakova, ranked 50th in the nation, took down Chifchieva, the country's fifth-ranked player, 6-2, 6-4. Federica Suess, ranked 106th nationally, won a hard-fought match against the Tigers' Chappell, 6-4, 6-2, to clinch the team's victory.

Florida State, making its 16th NCAA Tournament appearance in school history, will be looking to advance to the round of 16 in the team championships for the first time in program history.

The Seminoles now hold a 19-2 lead against the Tigers in series history.

"First of all, I have to give kudos to Florida State," Auburn head coach Tim Gray said. "They did a great job today. We felt like, coming in, the team that dealt with adversity better during the match would be the one that would get the win. I thought the match was pretty even. Florida State did a great job of putting pressure on us in the doubles and they did a better job handling the difficult situations that came up during the match than we did."