WINSTON-SALEM, NC. – The No. 30/24 Florida State women’s tennis team (10-6, 3-4 ACC) took down No. 14 Wake (14-5, 3-3 ACC) 5-2. The Seminoles earned ranked wins on courts one and two.
“Anytime you go on the road and knock off a top team it feels really good,” said head coach Jennifer Hyde. “I felt like we were building up to today’s match, coming off some good play last Sunday back at home. We got some ranked wins and more important than anything we continue to prove to ourselves that we are capable of winning.”
Florida State captured yet another doubles point this season as they earned wins from two new doubles pairs. On court two, junior Julia Mikulski and sophomore Andre Garcia grabbed the first doubles win with an easy 6-1 win. Freshman Petra Hule and senior Gabby Castaneda clinched the doubles point for the Noles with a 7-5 win.
“We tried some new doubles partnerships today that were really good,” said Hyde. “The new partners did a great job on their court and set the tone for the match early. That was one of our goals for the day.”
With a 1-0 lead heading into doubles, the Seminoles won the next two points. Junior Ariana Rahmanparast gave the Garnet and Gold a 2-0 lead with an easy 6-2, 6-0 win on court five. Hule gave the Noles an insurmountable 3-0 lead with her second ranked win in a row with a 6-3, 6-2 win over No. 94 Eliza Omirou. The Demon Deacons narrowed the lead to 3-1 with a win on court six but the Noles clinched the match on court four as Mikulski won the first set 7-5 and was leading 3-1 in the second before her opponent retired. Sophomore Carla Touly finished the winning for Florida State with a huge win over No. 32 Emma Davis on court one. This was Touly’s third straight win over a ranked opponent and fourth of the season.
“We are still not playing our best tennis yet but there are so many good things that we are seeing,” said Hyde. “We are really excited to get that big road win. Anytime you can do that in the ACC that says a lot about the team. This is a good trip for us. We are going to get back in town and get set for another road trip with Duke and Virginia.”
In the second match of the day Florida State only lost 12 games the whole match. The Seminoles claimed their second doubles point of the day with wins on courts one and two. Garcia and Mikulski earned their second doubles win of the day 6-2 on court one and Senior Gabby Castaneda and sophomore Gabby Goldin won 6-0 on court two.
In singles, Castaneda won 6-0, 6-1 on court one and Mikulski won 6-4, 6-0 on court two. Courts three and four were not able to finish but sophomore Nandini Das was up 6-2, 5-1 on court three and Rahmanparast was up 6-1, 5-1 on court four. Garcia won 6-1, 6-0 on court five and Goldin won 6-0, 6-1 on court six.
The Seminoles take on Duke and Virginia on the road next week to continue ACC play.
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#30 Florida State University 5, #14 Wake Forest 2
Florida State University 10-6, 3-4 ACC; National ranking #30
Wake Forest 14-5, 3-3 ACC; National ranking #14
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3,1); Singles (5,2,6,4,3,1)
#30 Florida State University 5, North Carolina A&T 0
Florida State University 11-6 , 3-4 ACC; National ranking #30