“I was looking up and down the courts today at one point in the match and saw us playing some really good tennis on every court,” said head coach Jennifer Hyde. “This is the time in these next couple weeks where we have to bring it and start moving towards playing some of our best tennis. I felt like today we defiantly took a step in that direction.”
After celebrating senior Gabby Castaneda’s career before the match Florida State jumped out to a quick 1-0 lead over Virginia Tech. Sophomore Carla Touly and junior Ariana Rahmanparast got the first doubles win for the Noles with a 6-1 win on court one. The Garnet and Gold clinched the doubles point on court three with a win by Castaneda and Hule. The pair jumped out to a 4-1 lead before finishing off the Hokies 6-3.
“It was a great job on court one for doubles to secure that point quickly,” said Hyde. “I am so happy that Gabby on her senior day match was able to clinch the doubles point on court three with Petra.”
The Seminoles dominated the Hokies in singles. Castaneda was the first off the court with a dominating 6-0, 6-4 win.
“It was perfect that Gabby was able to clinch doubles and then be the first one off in singles,” said Hyde. “I am so happy for her to have that today.”
She was quickly followed by Rahmanparast on court five who won 6-3, 6-2. Touly clinched her third match of the season on court one with her sixth ranked win of the season on court one.
With the match already in hand sophomore Nandini Das took court four 6-0, 7-5. She was followed up by fellow sophomore Andrea Garcia who battled back from losing the first set 6-4 to take the next two 6-2, 10-6. Hule wrapped up play for the Noles with a comeback as well. She lost the first set in a tiebreak before coming back to take the second in a tiebreaker as well. She finished off Virginia Tech with a 10-6 win in the third.
Earlier in the day, the Seminoles took on Florida A&M. The teams agreed to play singles first. Junior Julia Mikulski earned the first win for Florida State on court two with a 6-1, 6-0 win. Rahmanparast gave the Garnet and Gold a 2-0 lead with a 6-0, 6-1 win on court three. At almost the same time freshman Lucie Prochazkova won on court five 6-1, 6-1 for her third win of the spring. Das clinched her second match of the season with a 6-3, 6-2 win on court one.
“We played very well today,” said Hyde. “It was a solid effort up and down the line. We hit a few bumps in the road along the way which you defiantly want and I was really pleased with how we got through the challenges during the matches. We were very poised and in control. It is great to finish off our home regular season schedule on a good note like this. We will celebrate Gabby tomorrow at our banquet for her and then set our site on preparing for our last ACC road trip next weekend”
Florida State heads to Notre Dame and Louisville next week as they wrap up the regular season.
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#18 Florida State University 4, Florida A&M 0
Order of finish: Doubles (); Singles (2,3,5,1)
#18 Florida State University 7, Virginia Tech 0
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3); Singles (3,5,1,4,6,2)