May 14, 2010

Courtesy of FSU Sports Information

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - For the fourth consecutive year, fifth overall, the No. 15 Florida State women's tennis team (15-10) will make a second round appearance at the NCAA Tournament after dominating No. 68 North Florida 4-0 in the first round on Friday, May 14. The Seminoles are slated to face No. 18 South Carolina on Saturday at 1 p.m. at the Scott Speicher Tennis Center.

"The girls did a great job today," FSU head coach Jennifer Hyde said. "It was a tough match. North Florida has come a long way. We needed a good first round today and they gave it to us. The girls did a good job of controlling the courts by taking an early lead on all the courts and never backing down. We did what we needed to do today. We are going to enjoy today, but we've got our work cut out for us tomorrow."

FSU kicked off the match strong by posting two doubles wins on court three and one to take the lead point.

The twosome of Amy Sargeant and Katie Rybakova dominated Lauren Holton and Victoria Krook on court three 8-0 to improve their dual-match record to 8-2.Court one saw No. 55 Lauren McCreless and Francesca Segarelli defending their territory as the duo defeated Aline Berkenbrock and Raquel Castro 8-3 to improve their record to 9-9.

Singles featured FSU continuing to overpower the Ospreys by winning all their matches in back-to-back sets.

Junior Federica Suess led the way by scoring the second point for Florida State as she defeated Melanie Aguirre 6-2, 6-0 on court five. Suess now holds a notable singles overall record of 24-17.

Up next for the squad was fellow junior Rybakova on court two as the `Nole conquered Raquel Castro 6-2, 6-2 to score the third point. Rybakova bettered her singles record this season to 24-16.

Securing the second round spot for the Garnet and Gold was Sargeant as the freshman governed court four with a 6-4, 6-1 victory. Sargeant improved her singles mark this season to 15-16 with today's win.

"There were three girls who were on the verge of clinching the point," Coach Hyde said. "It's nice to be at that situation where we have so many girls who can get it done, but I'm glad Amy took care of it."

In the second match of the weekend for the `Noles, they will battle the Gamecocks for the third time in tournament history. The last meeting between the two programs was in 1996 where the foe defeated FSU in the first round of the tournament 5-2. South Carolina leads the all-time series against Florida State 13-1.

"We have been working hard to get to the Round of 16 and if there was ever a time to do it, it's this year," Coach Hyde said. "We've come a long way this year and we want to take full advantage of being at home. It's going to be very important how we address the morning tomorrow. When they put their feet down, that will define what happens."

South Carolina will enter tomorrow's match with three athletes ranked in singles with No. 39 Ana Marija Zubori, No. 87 Dijana Stojic and No. 111 Anya Morgina while also having one doubles threat in No. 15 Ana Marija Zubori and Dijana Stojic.

Tickets for the second round can be bought on www.seminoles.com or at the front gate of the Scott Speicher Tennis Center the day of the match. There will be no outside food or beverage allowed in the complex. Fans can follow the match on Saturday with live stats on www.seminoles.com.