TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The No. 36-ranked Florida State women’s tennis team (8-6, 1-3 ACC) fell to the Penn Quakers (6-6) 5-2 at the Tampa Tennis at HCC courts on Sunday.
Due to the looming threat of rain, the match began with singles play, where the Quakers jumped out in front early.
On courts one, three, and five, the Seminoles fought hard to force first set tiebreakers, where sophomore Julia Mikulski took down Penn’s Ashley Zhu 7-6(1), 6-2 to put the Noles on the board.
Freshman Nandini Das took the first set on court two 6-2 before falling in a third set tiebreaker 2-6, 7-5, 10-6 to the Quakers’ Ria Vaidya.
After singles, the match was played out. The Seminoles won their tenth doubles point of the season as No. 56 Das/sophomore Ariana Rahmanparast defeated Kana Daniel/Zhu 6-1 and senior Daniela Schippers and junior Gabriella Castaneda defeated OJ Singh/Nicole Berkman 7-5 to secure the doubles point for Florida State.
The match was the first time in program history that the two schools had met. The Seminoles are now 2-1 against the Ivy League this season, including a season-opening win at Columbia and a 4-1 victory over Harvard at ITA Kickoff Weekend.
Florida State returns to their garnet and gold home courts for two ACC doubleheaders with the men’s tennis team on Friday March 17 and Sunday March 19. The women’s team will take on No. 15 Duke at 4:00 p.m. on Friday and No. 3 North Carolina at 12:00 p.m. on Sunday, while the men’s team will face Clemson at 5:30 p.m. on Friday and Miami at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday.