TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida State women’s tennis team had an impressive day one at the Seminole All-Conference Showdown. They went a perfect 6-0 in singles and 11-1 on the day.
“Today was a good first day for us,” said head coach Jennifer Hyde. “Winning 11 or 12 matches to kick off the weekend is a pretty solid start. I was pleased to see us compete well today and get out of some situations. We continued to work on the things we have been focusing on it practice this fall.”
The day got started with two rounds of doubles that saw the Noles go 5-1. In the first round, FSU went 2-1 with wins in flights A and B. Senior Ana Oparenovic and sophomore Petra Hule won their first match in draw A 6-0 over Magazzini and Barnard of MTSU. Junior Andrea Garcia and sophomore Emmanuelle Salas earned the Seminoles second doubles win with a 6-2 win over Estevan and Guo of Troy in flight B.
In the second round, Oparenovic and Hule advanced to the finals of doubles draw A with a 7-5 win over Weymouth and Adams of Furman. Garcia and Salas advanced to the finals of draw B with a 7-5 win of their own over Morales and Bakhodirova of ETSU. After losing in the first round seniors Julia Mikulski and Ariana Rahmanparast bounced back in the consolation round with a 6-4 win over Burton and De La Gorza of Southern Miss to advance to the consolation doubles finals for bracket C.
In singles, the Seminole ran through the competition winning all six matches in straight sets. Salas defeated Laylo Bakhodirova of ETSU 6-2, 6-3 in bracket A to earn her first home win of her career. Oparenovic defeated Anna Makarova of Wisconsin 6-0, 6-4 in bracket B to win her first home match at FSU as well. In bracket C, Mikulski earned a 6-2, 6-1 win over Christina Sisti of Tulane. Das, Garcia and Rahmanparast rounded out the Seminoles undefeated singles round as they won in draws D, E and F
Competition will resume tomorrow at 9 a.m. with the final round of doubles followed by one round of singles.
“The weather will shift quite a bit between today and tomorrow, so we need to be ready to adapt to that and start the day off tomorrow strong. We are playing for two flight championships in doubles, so we need to come out ready to roll and set the tone early.”
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Singles Round One
Ana Oparenovic (FSU) def. Anna Makarova (Wisconsin) 6-0, 6-4
Julia Mikulski (FSU) def. Christina Sisti (Tulane) 6-2, 6-1
Emmanuelle Salas (FSU) def. Laylo Bakhodirova (ETSU) 6-2, 6-3
Ariana Rahmanparast (FSU) def. Rikeetha Pereira (Southern Miss) 6-1, 6-1
Nandini Das (FSU) def. Lidia Burrows (MTSU) 6-2, 7-5
Andrea Garcia (FSU) def. Matea Mihaljevic (Troy) 7-5, 6-2
Doubles Round One
Petra Hule/Ana Oparenovic (FSU) def. Constanza Magazzini/Zani Barnard (MTSU) 6-0
Adelaide Lavery/Christina Sisti (Tulane) def. Ariana Rahmanparast/Julia Mikulski (FSU) 6-3
Andrea Garcia/Emmanuelle Salas (FSU) def. Celia Montero Estevan/Chunxi Guo (Troy) 6-2
Doubles Round Two
Petra Hule/Ana Oparenovic (FSU) def. Katty Weymouth/Julia Adams (Furman) 7-5
Andrea Garcia/Emmanuelle Salas (FSU) def. Alejandra Morales/Laylo Bakhodirova (ETSU) 7-5
Ariana Rahmanparast/Julia Mikulski (FSU) def. Monique Burton/Katie De La Gorza (USM) 6-4