ATLANTA, Ga. – The No. 36 Florida State women’s tennis team (7-3, 0-2 ACC) fell 5-2 to the No. 11 Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (10-2, 1-0 ACC) Sunday at the Ken Byers Tennis Complex. The Seminoles started off strong in doubles, winning their eighth straight doubles point. Senior Daniela Schippers and freshman Gabrielle Goldin led the way with a 6-0 victory over Luca Fabian and Nami Otsuka.
The Noles followed up the win on court three with a great performance against two nationally-ranked pairs as freshman Nandini Das and sophomore Ariana Rahmanparast defeated No. 30 Paige Hourigan/Kenya Jones to clinch the doubles point, while freshman Andrea Garcia and sophomore Julia Mikulski were tied 5-5 with No. 7 Rasheeda McAdoo/Johnnise Renaud when Florida State clinched the point.
In singles play, the Seminoles were unable to capitalize on the 1-0 lead as Mikulski fell 6-4, 6-0 to Renaud. Schippers took No. 71 Rasheeda McAdoo to three sets, but eventually fell short 6-4, 0-6, 1-6 on court three to clinch the victory for the Yellow Jackets.
The matches were played out as Rahmanparast finished with a spectacular comeback performance again Kenya Jones, defeating her 0-6, 7-5, 6-3 on court four. Garcia would conclude the match, falling short on court five to No. 102 Nami Otsuka 2-6, 6-4, 7-6 (2) to end that match at 5-2.
Florida State is now 19-15 all-time against the Yellow Jackets.
The nationally-ranked Seminoles return home after a three-match road stretch this Friday March, 3rd as they host the No. 29 Wake Forest Demon Deacons at 4:00 p.m. at the Scott Speicher Tennis Center.
Quotes from Florida State Head Coach Jennifer Hyde:
“We continue to set the tone of our matches very well in doubles, and are doing so many things better on the doubles court.”
“We had to pull (junior Gabriella Castaneda) from the number one spot in the singles lineup today, which moved each person up a spot in singles. Regardless, we competed as well today as we have all season. When we have all positions showing up and competing like that on match day, we can be very a dangerous team to play. We had three three-set matches on courts three through five, set points at court two, and match points at court five. We were very close today, but need to take full advantage of the openings we create in order walk away with the team win.”
“The improvements and progress from match to match, from week to week, is there. We were a completely different team today from the team we were five days ago in Miami. The confidence this team has in each person at each position is growing with every opportunity we have to compete. I really like the direction of this team right now, and honestly can’t wait to get back on court and get to work in preparation for two very big home ACC matches this weekend.”
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