TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The No. 36 Florida State women’s tennis team (7-2) heads to Atlanta, Ga. to take on the No. 11 Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (9-2) at 12:00 p.m. Sunday at the Ken Byers Tennis Complex. The Noles are led by junior Gabriella Castaneda at the top of the lineup, who holds an 8-2 overall record this spring and pairs with fellow upperclassman senior Daniela Schippers for a perfect 5-0 record so far in doubles play.
“We’re excited to hit this road this weekend and head up to Atlanta,” Castaneda said. “I would have to say that besides our in-state rivals, Georgia Tech is our other rival- every match we’ve played against them has been hard fought to the very end.”
The Seminoles feature five freshmen on the roster, and freshman Nandini Das leads the team in wins with a 14-2 overall record (7-1 in singles) so far this season. Das pairs with sophomore Ariana Rahmanparast for a 7-1 doubles record to lead the team in both singles and doubles wins.
Rahmanparast is also second on the team with five singles victories this spring, while freshman Andrea Garcia is second among freshmen with a 4-1 singles record.
The nationally-ranked Seminoles last played on Tuesday in Coral Gables, Fla., opening conference play with a loss to No. 21 Miami but were able to rebound for a 4-0 shutout of Florida Atlantic.
Florida State is 19-14 all-time against the Yellow Jackets, but has not bested them since a 4-3 victory in 2015 during the regular season.
“We always play passionate tennis against Georgia Tech, and that is what makes it exciting to play them,” Castaneda said. “This is what we train and play the game for, for these types of matchups. We’ve been continuing our hard work over the past week and we’re ready.”
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