Virginia Suffers 4-3 Loss to Florida State in ACC Quarterfinals
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – The No. 11 Virginia women’s tennis team suffered a 4-3 loss to No. 18 Florida State in the quarterfinals of the ACC Tournament on Friday afternoon at the Cone-Kenfield Tennis Center. The match was moved indoors due to rain in Cary, N.C., where the tournament is being held at the Cary Tennis Park. The Cavaliers fell to 18-7 overall with the loss, while the Seminoles improve to 14-7 overall.
Virginia took a 1-0 lead by winning the doubles point. At the top position, Lindsey Hardenbergh (Fairfax Station, Va.) and Erin Vierra (Norwell, Mass.) blanked Noemie Scharle and Federica Suess 8-0. Emily Fraser (Rye, N.Y.) and Hana Tomljanovic (Boca Raton. Fla.) added an 8-2 win at No. 2 over Ruth Seaborne and Francesca Segarelli to clinch the opening point.
In singles, Florida State evened the score as Scharle topped Tomljanovic 6-4, 6-4 at No. 3. Virginia retook the lead, 2-1, when Hardenbergh completed a 6-2, 6-3 win at No. 1 over Katie Rybakova, posting her 12th consecutive singles win. Amy Sargeant defeated Maria Fuccillo (Rockville, Md.) 7-5, 6-2 at No. 6 to tie the score again, but Fraser downed Segarelli 7-6(2), 6-4 at No. 2 to give the Cavaliers a 3-2 lead. The final two matches went three sets, with Suess defeating Caryssa Peretz (Cherry Hill, N.J.) 6-4, 0-6, 6-3 at No. 5 and Seaborne edging Vierra 6-2, 3-6, 6-2 at No. 4 to give Florida State the 4-3 win.
“Credit to FSU; Both teams competed well, but they seemed to implement and excute a bit more and a bit better than we did on the majority of the singles courts,” said head coach Mark Guilbeau. “It’s a tough match to lose, but certainly an important step in our process of truly becoming a better team – a team that can handle the expectation that comes along with having good results. It does not get easier as you get to a higher level… the competition only rises and you must be that much more attentive and willing to implement key skills. It takes great composure to do this and a continual development of our games mentally, emotionally and physically. I know this team can continue to improve and there will be many more bright moments ahead.”
Virginia will now await a bid to the NCAA Tournament. The field of 64 will be announced on May 2.
#18 Florida State 4, #11 Virginia 3
1. #36 Hardenbergh/Vierra (UVa) def. Scharle/Suess (FSU) 8-0
2. #25 Fraser/Tomljanovic (UVa) def. #81 Seaborne/Segarelli (FSU) 8-2
3. Rybakova/Sargeant (FSU) led Fuccillo/Peretz (UVa) 7-6 DNF
1. #28 Lindsey Hardenbergh def. #35 Katie Rybakova (FSU) 6-2, 6-3
2. #52 Emily Fraser (UVa) def. Francesca Segarelli (FSU) 7-6(2), 6-4
3. #56 Noemie Scharle (FSU) def. #102 Hana Tomljanovic (UVa) 6-4, 6-4
4. Ruth Seaborne (FSU) def. #104 Erin Vierra (UVa) 6-2, 3-6, 6-2
5. Federica Suess (FSU) def. Caryssa Peretz (UVa) 6-4, 0-6, 6-3
6. Amy Sargeant (FSU) def. Maria Fuccillo (UVa) 7-5, 6-2
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