Feb. 11, 2011
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. --The nationally-ranked Auburn women's tennis team traveled to No. 15 Florida State Friday and battled the Seminoles in a tight match, but fell 6-1 at the Scott Speicher Tennis Center. The No. 61 Tigers pushed the Seminoles to three sets in four of the six singles matches
"Today was quite different from our last matches at Michigan and we put ourselves in position to win," head coach Tim Gray said. "We haven't arrived just yet, but today's efforts showed that we can truly play with and beat anyone. We need to continue to work and take our commitment to a deeper level."
The Seminoles opened with a pair of doubles victories at the No. 1 and No. 3 spots to take the doubles point. The Tigers' No. 2 duo of Caroline Thornton and Olivia Bennett put together a solid 8-6 victory over Noemie Scharle and Manon Veldman to close out doubles competition.
Florida State secured its second team point after taking a two-set win at No. 3 singles. Auburn put a point on the board when sophomore Plamena Kurtova earned a two-set (6-3, 6-2) victory over Veldman at No. 6 singles.
The next four matches proved to be tough battles as all went to three sets. At the No. 5 spot, Florida State's Federica Suess opened with a 6-0 first-set win over Jacqueline Kasler, but the Auburn freshman responded with a 6-3 win in set two. Suess had enough left to take a 6-1, set-three win.
Auburn's Thornton tallied a 6-4, first-set win over 18th-ranked Scharle at No. 2 singles, but the Seminole battled back to take the last two sets to win the match. At No. 3 singles, Bennett picked up a 6-4 victory over Florida State's Ruth Seaborne. Seaborne, however, came back to win the final two sets.
In the final singles match of the day, Florida State's No. 42 Katie Rybakova opened with a 6-3 win in the first set over Paulina Schippers at the No. 1 spot. Schippers, a sophomore for Auburn, fought back to take a 7-6 (3) victory in the second set to force a third and deciding set. Rybakova finished set three with a 6-1 win.
The Tigers' road trip continues as Auburn travels to Atlanta to face No. 14 Georgia Tech Sunday at 1 p.m. at the Bill Moore Tennis Center.
At No. 15 Florida State
1. No. 42 Katie Rybakova (FSU) def. Paulina Schippers (Auburn); 6-3, 6-7 (3), 6-1
2. No. 18 Noemie Scharle (FSU) def. Caroline Thornton (Auburn); 4-6, 6-1, 6-0
3. Francesca Segarelli (FSU) def. Maria Arechavaleta (Auburn); 6-2, 6-0
4. Ruth Seaborne (FSU) def. Olivia Bennett (Auburn); 4-6, 6-4, 6-2
5. Federica Suess (FSU) def. Jacqueline Kasler (Auburn); 6-0, 3-6, 6-1
6. Plamena Kurtova (Auburn) def. Manon Veldman (FSU) 6-3, 6-2
1. Seaborne/Segarelli (FSU) def. No. 21 Schippers/Kasler (Auburn); 8-2
2. Thornton/Bennett (Auburn) def. Scharle/Veldman (FSU); 8-6
3. Rybakova/Suess (FSU) def. Kurteva/Schriemann (Auburn); 8-1
Auburn: 0-3; National Ranking #61
Florida State: 3-1; National Ranking #15
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3,2); Singles (3,6,5,2,4,1)