DURHAM, N.C. – The No. 24 Florida State women’s tennis team (11-7, 3-5 ACC) battled tough but fell short to No. 4 Duke (15-1, 6-0 ACC) 6-1.
The Seminoles got out to an early 1-0 lead on courts one and three in doubles. Court one lost the lead as court two retook the lead for the Noles. Court three continued to cruise as they took a 4-0 lead. The Blue devils came back from down 4-2 on court two to tie it at 4-4 before Duke took court two 7-5. While that was going on the Seminoles maintained their lead on court three to take it 7-5 and tie the doubles point at one. With the opening point of the match on the line, the Noles and Blue Devils were heading to a tiebreaker on court one. The tiebreak was tied 6-6 before Duke captured the tiebreaker 9-7 and the doubles point for a 1-0 lead.
“We had some really good opportunities to clinch the doubles point again today,” said head coach Jennifer Hyde. “We played very well up and down all three spots and just let our foot off of the gas a little to let them back into the match. That is one of the great things we learned from today’s match.”
Florida State had a rough time in singles as they only won one first set. The Seminoles only won one second set as well as Duke took courts one, two, three and five all in straight sets. With Duke already having clinched the match 5-0, Florida State battled in third sets on courts four and six. On court six sophomore Andrea Garcia captured the Noles only point of the match. She won the first set 6-3 before losing the second set 6-3. In the third set, Garcia led 8-4 before Duke brought it within one. Garcia capped off her court with a 10-8 win in the third set. Sophomore Nandini Das battled in the third set on court four and was tied 6-6 before Duke won four of the next five points to take the third set 10-7 and a 6-1 win.
“Against these better teams as soon as you lay up a shorter ball they will punish you,” said Hyde. “Duke did a very good job of that today. As soon as we showed a little bit of weakness or a weaker shot they capitalized. That was a pretty significant difference in today’s match. The great thing is, is that we saw a tremendous amount of fight in a lot of spots. That is going to keep fueling us.”
“We have this match behind us and fully have our sights set on Virginia on Saturday. So much was taken from today’s match and it will make us better for Saturday. We are ready to get to Charlottesville and get back to work.”
The Garnet and Gold travel to Virginia to take on the Cavaliers Saturday, March 31st at 10 a.m.
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#4 Duke University Women’s Tennis 6, #24 Florida State University 1
1. #7 Samantha Harris (DUKE) def. #30 Carla Touly (FSU) 6-3, 6-2
2. #60 Meible Chi (DUKE) def. #105 Petra Hule (FSU) 6-2, 6-1
3. #29 Kelly Chen (DUKE) def. Gabriella Castaneda (FSU) 6-3, 6-1
4. #69 Kaitlyn McCarthy (DUKE) def. Nandini Das (FSU) 7-5, 2-6, 1-0 (10-7)
5. #73 Ellyse Hamlin (DUKE) def. Julia Mikulski (FSU) 6-0, 7-6 (7-4)
6. Andrea Garcia(FSU) def. Hannah Zhao (DUKE) 6-3, 3-6, 1-0 (10-8)
1. #5 Samantha Harris/Kelly Chen (DUKE) def. #58 Ariana Rahmanparast/Carla Touly (FSU) 7-6 (9-7)
2. #6 Kaitlyn McCarthy/Ellyse Hamlin (DUKE) def. Julia Mikulski/Andrea Garcia (FSU) 7-5
3. Petra Hule/Gabriella Castaneda (FSU) def. Meible Chi/Hannah Zhao (DUKE) 7-5
Florida State University 11-7, 3-5 ACC; National ranking #24
Duke University Women’s Tennis 15-1, 7-0 ACC; National ranking #4
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3,1); Singles (2,3,1,5,6,4)