TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida State women’s tennis team had an impressive fall showing as they garnered a combined .603 singles winning percentage and a .700 doubles winning percentage, to go along with three singles championships and four doubles championships. The Seminoles finished the fall with one singles player ranked in the ITA end of fall rankings.
The Garnet and Gold had five student-athletes with a winning singles record led by junior Ariana Rahamanparast with nine singles wins, and freshman Petra Hule with eight.
“I am quite pleased with the fall season that we had,” said head coach Jennifer Hyde. “It was really good to see a few breakout performances, most notably from Nandini (Das), Petra (Hule) and Ari (Rahmanparast). We would have had, even more, success if Carla (Touly), Julia (Mikulski) and Gabby (Castaneda) had been in competition all fall. We are very excited to see what those three bring in the spring. One of the biggest focuses we have is trying to formulate our doubles partnerships, and I feel like we were able to determine one or two partnerships that we would like to utilize in the spring. I think it was a very successful fall. We did a lot of winning and that is exactly what we needed to create, a habit of winning on this team from the top to the bottom.”
Not only did the Seminoles have plenty of success, they also welcomed in their new assistant coach, Jaime Sanchez-Canamares Rios. Rios came to Tallahassee from Oklahoma State, where as an assistant, he helped lead the Cowboys to a 25-6 record as well as a Big 12 championship appearance and a trip to the NCAA Elite Eight.
The Seminole’s leader in singles wins, Rahmaparast, was not far behind in the doubles category as she earned an 8-5 doubles record to go with a 9-4 singles record. Rahmaparast highlighted her fall by winning the Spear doubles and singles brackets at the FSU All-Conference Showdown.
“Ari had an amazing fall,” said Hyde. “She improved a lot and worked harder than she has worked since she has been here. The results of that have paid off. She is tough to beat when her mind is in the right spot and she proved that this fall.”
Hule shined bright as well. In her first semester on campus, the freshman from Australia impressed. She went 8-5 in singles and led the team along with sophomore Andrea Garcia in doubles wins with 11. The duo won two doubles championships, the Gold bracket at the FSU All-Conference Showdown and the Garnet bracket at the Northwestern Invitational. Hule was also one of two singles players for the Noles to make it to the round of 16 at the Southeast Regional.
“Petra’s ceiling is very high,” said Hyde. “She is in the process of learning about the game she has and the layers to the game that she has and how to tap into those. She has learned so much this fall through some of her wins and losses and I expect that maturity to carry into the spring. She is going to be an impact player for us. We are excited to see her first spring season with the uniform on.”
Sophomore Nandini Das finished off the fall season as the only Seminole ranked in the final polls. Das came in at No. 116. She was a part of a Seminole sweep of the doubles bracket at the FSU All-Conference Showdown with partner and senior, Gabby Castaneda. She also won the red singles flight at the Northwestern Invitational. Das finished the fall with a 5-5 singles record and an 8-5 doubles record.
“Nandini had an amazing fall,” said Hyde. “She really found a new focus in everything she is doing, both in tennis and academically. She had a minor setback in November that will fuel her, even more, when she gets back on the court in February. She has turned some big corners and she will be ready to go at the beginning of February as we head to play Florida and get into ACC play.”
Castaneda had a nice fall showing as well, with a 4-2 singles record and a 4-1 doubles record. She came back to win the consolation bracket and take fifth place at the FSU All-Conference Showdown, and along with Das she won the Garnet doubles bracket.
“I am excited about Gabby’s senior season,” said Hyde. “We are expecting very big things from her in both doubles and singles. She is healthy again and I know she will be ready to lead this team as our lone senior this spring.”
Sophomore Gabby Goldin finished the fall with a 6-4 singles record and a 5-4 doubles record. Goldin earned a third-place finish in the Furman fall classic and was the only Seminole to make it to the quarterfinals of the Southeast regional.
“GG is always relied upon for bringing a lot of energy and a tremendous work ethic,” said Hyde. “We expect her to continue to develop her game and be ready to contribute when called upon in the spring.”
Freshman Lucie Prochazkova had a nice start to her Florida State career, posting a 6-4 singles record and a 4-4 doubles record. Prochazkova capped off her fall season with a singles championship in the Speicher bracket of the FSU All-Conference Showdown.
“Lucie improved a lot in the fall,” said Hyde. “For the spring she needs to continue to develop her game and trust her instincts. She needs to be ready to be called upon and step in to compete. She has an unbelievable work ethic and shows up every day ready to work.”
Sophomore Andrea Garcia had a stellar doubles season with partner Petra Hule. She helped the duo to an impressive 11-2 doubles record as well as two doubles titles.
“Andrea continues to improve,” said Hyde. “She is also finding another gear in her training. She knows the game that she needs to play and her main focus is that she stays true to the player that she is every match, whether it is working or not because that is when she is at her best.”
Junior Julia Mikulski had a short fall season due to some minor injuries, but put together a 3-0 doubles record including a doubles championship in the FSU All-Conference Showdown.
“Julia is on her way back from a minor injury, but we expect her to be ready to go when we head to Hawaii for our first matches,” said Hyde. “She has been training hard and has the capacity to play in one of the top spots in the lineup in both singles and doubles as she proved last year. We are excited to get her back and represent the team in some big positions. Her contributions are going to have a big impact on our season.”
The Florida State women’s tennis team looks to take their momentum from the fall into the spring. The Seminoles will have two additions that they hope add depth and put them over the top, with sophomore Carla Touly and incoming freshman Emmanuelle Salas joining the team.
“Carla is ready to begin playing,” said Hyde. “Her time is now. She will need to get a couple matches under her belt to get comfortable. She had seen college tennis from the outside for the last year and now it is her turn to experience it from the inside. I know she going to be a solid point for us wherever she is. I am excited to get her in uniform and on the court for us.”
“I am excited to start our season out with a trip to Hawaii,” said Hyde. “It will give us some good time to spend together after the Holidays. One of the strongest points of this team is the chemistry and synergy that exists within this team. That is probably one of our biggest strength, even more than usual this year. We have a very rough first month with a lot of travel with a lot of intense road matches. This will really challenge us early in the season, but will help us once we get into ACC play.”
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