Feb. 26, 2011
ATLANTA – The No. 15 Georgia Tech women’s tennis team (5-4, 0-1 ACC) returned home and stepped outside for their ACC opener against No. 20 Florida State, but the Seminoles prevailed 5-2.
“I thought we fought hard today, even in the matches we lost,” head coach Bryan Shelton said. “It was tough to lose the doubles point the way we did. Florida State is a good team and we just came up a little short. I was glad to see us compete all the way through to the final point in each match.
“Even though we lost, we have to bounce back,” Shelton added. “We have a big match coming up on Wednesday on the road against a very good Clemson squad, and then we come home to see Miami next Saturday.”
Tech began doubles play with an 8-2 win on court two by the 68th-ranked team of Jillian O’Neill and Viet Ha Ngo with an upset win over Florida State’s 47th ranked team of Francesca Segarelli and Ruth Seaborne.
It looked as if Tech would claim the doubles point for the sixth time this year as the Jackets’ 70th-ranked team of Sasha Krupina and Elizabeth Kilborn jumped out to a quick 5-0 lead. However, Florida State’s team of Noemie Scharle and Federica Suess would not quit and fought back for an 8-6 win to give the Seminoles a 1-0 lead heading into singles play.
O’Neill got the Jackets off to a quick start in singles play, claiming an upset 6-4, 6-1 win over FSU’s Scharle on court three. The Seminoles re-gained their slight advantage with a 6-3, 7-5 win by Rybakova over GT’s Ngo on court one.
FSU’s Seaborne extended the Seminoles lead to 3-1 with a 6-4, 6-4 win over Lynn Blau on court five. Tech’s Krupina pulled the Jackets back within 3-2 with a 6-1, 5-7, 6-0 win over the Seminoles’ Suess at the number four spot of the lineup.
Florida State clinched the match with a win on court two by Segarelli over Tech junior Caroline Lilley. Segarelli claimed the first set 6-2, but Lilley fought back to force a third set with a 6-0 win in the second set, but Segarelli earned a 6-2 win in the deciding set.
In the final match of the day, FSU’s Sargeant claimed a 6-2, 6-7 (3-7), 6-2 win over Kilborn at the number six spot.
The Yellow Jackets will make their first ACC road trip of the season when they travel to face No. 12 Clemson on Wednesday, March 2 at 2 p.m. Live scoring will be available through RamblinWreck.com.
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Match Results #15 Georgia Tech vs. #20 Florida State Feb. 26, 2011 in Atlanta, Ga. FSU 5, GT 2
Singles competition: 1. #65 Katie Rybakova (FSU) def. #105 Viet Ha Ngo (GT), 6-3, 7-5 2. Francesca Segarelli (FSU) def. #92 Carolina Lilley (GT), 6-2, 0-6, 6-2 3. #61 Jillian O’Neill (GT) def. #32 Noemie Scharle (FSU), 6-4, 6-1 4. Sasha Krupina (GT) def. Federica Suess (FSU), 6-1, 5-7, 6-0 5. Ruth Seaborne (FSU) def. Lynn Blau (GT), 6-4, 6-4 6. Amy Sargeant (FSU) def. Elizabeth Kilborn, 6-2, 6-7 (3-7), 6-2
Doubles competition: 1. Noemie Scharle/Federica Suess (FSU) def. #70 Sasha Krupina/Elizabeth Kilborn (GT), 8-6 2. #68 Jillian O’Neill/Viet Ha Ngo (GT) def. #47 Francesca Segarelli/Ruth Seaborne (FSU), 8-2 3. Katie Rybakova/Amy Sargeant (FSU) def. Lynn Blau/Muriel Wacker (GT), 8-4
Match Notes: Georgia Tech 5-4; National ranking #15 Florida State 4-2; National ranking #20 Order of finish: Doubles (2,3,1); Singles (3,1,5,4,2,6)
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