LAKE NONA, Fla. – The No. 16 Florida State women’s tennis team (9-4) battled tough but fell short to No. 42 Miami (7-3) 5-2.
“This was a tough one,” said head coach Jennifer Hyde. “We knew it was going to be a close match. You always know Miami is going to play tough tennis.”
The Seminoles were down early in doubles as courts one and two were behind. On court one sophomore Andrea Garcia and freshman Petra Hule fought back to take the lead but it was too late as Miami took the matches on courts two and three.
“The doubles point has been our strength all season, but it let us down today and we will get it back for Friday,” said Hyde. “It was a tough day and we must learn from it and get better.”
Down 1-0 Florida State battled in the singles matches. Sophomore Carla Touly fell on court one 6-2, 6-3 but the Garnet and Gold bounced right back as Garcia won her ninth straight match of the season on court six 6-1, 6-2. The remaining four courts all went to a third set. Miami was able to take court four and a 3-1 advantage after junior Julia Mikulski fell 6-1 in the third. Sophomore Nandini Das could not hold on as she had a 2-0 lead in the third before falling 6-3. With the match clinched for the Hurricanes, they took court five in the third set as Junior Ariana Rahmanparast fought down 5-4 to tie it 5-5 but could not hold on as Miami took court five 7-5 in the third set.
“Four three-setters in singles tells you a lot about the level of tennis that was being played,” said Hyde. “We just needed to step up in a few more spots to get the job done.”
On court two, Hule shined bright taking down senior and No. 108 Sinead Lohan in three sets. After losing the first set Hule was down 5-4 in the second and fought back to take the second set 7-5. She carried that momentum into the third set when she took a 2-0 lead. She maintained that lead as she went on to win the third set 6-4.
“That was a very big win for Petra at the two spot,” said Hyde. “Lohan for Miami has been in the semifinals of the NCAAs and a top-10 player her whole career. She is a seasoned senior player and Pep did an amazing job of sticking with it.”
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Tennis Match Results
Florida State vs Miami
Mar 09, 2018 at Orlando, Fla.
(USTA National Campus)
#42 Miami 5, #16 Florida State 2
1. #18 E. Perez-Somarriba (UM) def. #54 Carla Touly (FS) 6-2, 6-3
2. Petra Hule (FS) def. #108 Sinead Lohan (UM) 6-4, 5-7, 6-4
3. Ana Madcur (UM) def. Nandini Das (FS) 1-6, 6-1, 6-3
4. Sofia Sewing (UM) def. Julia Mikulski (FS) 6-0, 4-6, 6-1
5. Ulyana Shirokova (UM) def. Ariana Rahmanparast (FS) 6-2, 3-6, 7-5
6. Andrea Garcia (FS) def. Dominika Paterova (UM) 6-1, 6-2
1. E. Perez-Somarriba/Sofia Sewing (UM) vs. #53 Andrea Garcia/Petra Hule (FS) 6-5, unfinished
2. Dominika Paterova/Ulyana Shirokova (UM) def. Carla Touly/Ariana Rahmanparast (FS) 6-4
3. Sinead Lohan/Ana Madcur (UM) def. Gabriella Castaneda/Nandini Das (FS) 6-3
Florida State 9-4, 2-2 ACC; National ranking #16
Miami 7-3, 3-0 ACC; National ranking #42
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3); Singles (1,6,4,3,5,2)