March 31, 2018 - by
No. 24 Women’s Tennis Takes Down No. 18 Virginia For the Second Time this Season

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The No. 24 Florida State women’s tennis team (12-7, 4-5 ACC) took down No. 18 Virginia (12-5, 6-3 ACC) for the second time this season, 5-2.

“Today was a really good college match on both sides of the net,” said head coach Jennifer Hyde. “The level of play was high and the competitiveness was solid from everyone out on court. I was really proud of how poised our team stayed with the ebb and flow of the match and with some of the change in momentum. That tells you a lot about the maturity of this team.”

The Seminole got out to a 1-0 lead with their 13th doubles point this season. The Garnet and Gold were led by senior Gabby Castaneda and freshman Petra Hule on court three. This duo cruised through their opponent on their way to a 6-1 win. On court two junior Julia Mikulski and sophomore, Andrea Garcia took down their opponent 6-4 to clinch the doubles point. Junior Ariana Rahmanparast and sophomore Carla Touly were down 2-4 on court one and came back to tie it at five, but was not able to finish as the doubles point was clinched.

“Getting the doubles point to start off is something we have been just short of the last couple of matches,” said Hyde. “We knew with the partnerships that we have that getting that point was inevitable and they did a great job of finishing the job today. You can always expect every doubles match to be close. We did a good job of hanging in there. This is a very good Virginia team and to come on the road and win two of our last three matches by beating two top-25 teams speaks volumes for the mission this team is on right now.”

Florida State came out hot in singles, winning four first sets. The singles scoring got started with Hule on court two. She jumped out to an early 4-1 lead in the first set before her opponent tied it up at four. Hule was not fazed as she won the next two games to take the first set 6-4. In the second they were back and forth until it was 5-5. Hule once again won the last two games to seal the win and give the Noles a 2-0 advantage. Rahmanparast gave the Garnet and Gold a 3-0 lead with a straight-set win on court five. She was down 3-0 in the first set before turning it around to take the set 7-5. In the second set, she was down 1-2 and went on to win five of the next six games. Garcia clinched her fourth match of the season with a straight-set win of her own on court six. She was back and forth with her opponent in the first before capturing the set 7-5. In the second set, she jumped out to an early 2-0 lead and never looked back as she went on to win 6-4, giving the Nole a 4-0 lead.

Virginia was able to capture their first point of the match on court three with a 6-4, 6-2 win but the Noles bounced back to take a 5-1 lead on the Cavaliers with a 7-5, 7-6 win by Touly on court one. It was her fifth win of the season against a ranked opponent. Virginia capped off the match with a three-set win on court four.

“This road trip has been a grind and we are excited to get home this week and reset our focus on finishing out our home slate of matches,” said Hyde. “This was one heck of a way to finish of this road trip. I am proud of the girls. They did a fantastic job today.”

The Seminoles will be back home next weekend as they take on Syracuse Friday, April 6th at 5 p.m. and Boston College Sunday, April 8th at 12 p.m.

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and forth with her opponent in the first before capturing the set 7-5. In the second set, she jumped out to an early 2-0 lead and never looked back as she went on to win 6-4, giving the Nole a 4-0 lead.

Virginia was able to capture their first point of the match on court three with a 6-4, 6-2 win but the Noles bounced back to take a 5-1 lead on the Cavaliers with a 7-5, 7-6 win by Touly on court one. It was her fifth win of the season against a ranked opponent. Virginia capped off the match with a three-set win on court four.

The Seminoles will be back home next weekend as they take on Syracuse Friday, April 6th at 5 p.m. and Boston College Sunday, April 8th at 12 p.m.

Follow Florida State women’s tennis on Twitter (@FSU_WTennis), Instagram (@fsuwtennis) and like our Facebook page (Facebook.com/FSU.WTennis) to keep up to date with everything about Seminole women’s tennis.

No. 24 Florida State 5, No. 18 Virginia 2

Singles
1. No. 30 Carla Touly (FSU) def. No. 74 Rosie Johanson, 7-5, 7-6 (5)

  1. No. 105 Petra Hule (FSU) def. Cassie Mercer, 6-4, 7-5
  2. Meghan Kelley def. Nandini Das (FSU), 6-4, 6-2
  3. Chloe Gullickson def. Julia Mikulski (FSU), 6-3, 1-6, 7-5
  4. Ariana Rahmanparast (FSU) def. Teodora Radosavljevic 7-5, 6-3
  5. Andrea Garcia (FSU) def. Hunter Bleser, 7-5, 6-4

Order of Finish: 2, 5, 6, 3, 1, 4

Doubles

  1. No. 12 Johanson/Kelley vs. No. 58 Rahmanparast/Touly (FSU) 5-5 (unfinished)
  2. Garcia Mikulski (FSU) def. Gullickson/Mercer, 6-5
  3. Castaneda/Hule (FSU) def. Radosavljevic/Susi, 6-1

Order of Finish: 3, 2

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