Florida State Advances To Round Of 16 For First Time Ever
May 15, 2010
Courtesy of Florida State Athletics
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - For the first time in program history the No. 15 Florida State women's tennis team will battle in the Round of 16 at the NCAA Tournament after caging the No. 18 South Carolina Gamecocks 4-0 at the Scott Speicher Tennis Center. In a twist of events, the Seminoles will face ACC rival No. 2 North Carolina for the third time this season on Thursday, May 20 at noon at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex in Athens, Ga.
"These girls have been through so much this year," FSU head coach Jennifer Hyde said. "I think its great how this team has been able to step up without Noemie and advance. They've earned everything they got this year. They came out today with their heads down and it was on. I am so proud of our seniors. This definitely goes down as the highlight in my career and I know it goes down for the girls on the team."
With the triumph today, the Garnet and Gold not only improved their record to 16-10, but also trumped their 12th ranked opponent this season.
"To beat South Carolina 4-0 is a pretty big statement," Coach Hyde said. "They are a very good team with great players. They are an unbelievable competitor and they made it to the Elite 8 last year. For us to win against them says a lot about this team and I am so glad that we could get it done at home. I am so proud of my team, Oliver and everyone else who has been a part of this year. It's been such an awesome ride."
In impressive fashion, the Seminoles dominated doubles with a strong force by winning courts three and one for the second time this weekend.
Amy Sargeant and Katie Rybakova led the way again as the dynamic duo crushed Adriana Pereira and Madeleine Saari-Bystrom 8-1.
Securing the lead point for FSU was the twosome of Lauren McCreless and Francesca Segarelli, ranked No. 55 in the country, who upset No. 15 Ana Marija Zubori and Dijana Stojic on court one 8-4.
With McCreless' win in doubles, she passed teammate Jessica Sucupira in the record books and is now FSU's all-time career doubles wins leader with 94 victories. As both the singles and doubles all-time career wins leader, McCreless became Florida State's most successful player in program history.
"Lauren's impact is endless," Coach Hyde said. "We've got a lot of unbelievably good characters on the team. I think most people would agree that she has always stood out since the first year she arrived on campus. She has been a leader from the beginning. Her team respects her. The community respects her. Coaches around the country respect her. This is fitting that she became the most successful player in FSU history."
"It's a pretty big honor to become the winningest player," McCreless said. "I didn't know going into the match. It's great I was able to do it today and get my point for my team. I am excited to get on the road with my team to go to Athens and play hard to keep this going."
The Seminoles continued commanding the courts in singles with all Seminoles winning their matches in two sets.
No. 55 McCreless scored FSU's second match point as the senior controlled court one with a 6-2, 6-1 win over No. 39 Ana Marija Zubori. This is McCreless' 11th win over a ranked opponent this season and now holds a 26-10 singles mark.
Sargeant stepped up for the `Noles again today as the freshman won the third match point in her victory over Miljana Jocic 6-3, 6-2 on court four. The `Nole improved her overall singles record to 16-16.
Clinching the match for Florida State to send the squad to the final site was Sucupira on court six. As the senior eased into a 6-2 win in the first set over Madeleine Saari-Bystrom, the second set was a bit more challenging as the Gamecock fought back. With her teammates and Seminole fans cheering her on, Sucupira fired back to win the second set 6-3. She now boasts a 27-9 overall singles record.
"It was a great feeling to clinch it for the team," Sucupira said. "Actually, it's the best feeling ever. I thought it was great when we beat Florida last season, but this one is the best feeling because this is the first time in program history. Just knowing it's my lasts year and my last season and the fact we made it is a wonderful feeling."
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Doubles: 3, 1*
1. No. 55 Lauren McCreless and Francesca Segarelli (FSU) vs. No. 15 Ana Marija Zubori and Dijana Stojic (USC) 8-4
2. Federica Suess and Jessica Sucupira (FSU) vs. Miljana Jocic and Anya Morgina (USC) DNF
3. Amy Sargeant and Katie Rybakova (FSU) vs. Adriana Pereira and Madeleine Saari-Bystrom (USC) 8-1
Singles: 1, 4, 6*
1. No. 55 Lauren McCreless def. No. 39 Ana Marija Zubori 6-2, 6-1
2. Katie Rybakova vs. No. 87 Dijana Stojic DNF
3. No. 103 Francesca Segarelli vs. No. 111 Anya Morgina DNF
4. Amy Sargeant def. Miljana Jocic 6-3, 6-2
5. Federica Suess vs. Adriana Pereira DNF
6. Jessica Sucupira def. Madeleine Saari-Bystrom 6-2, 6-3