Durham, N.C. (Tampa, Fla.) – The Florida State women’s tennis team responded from its first loss of the season Friday with a 4-0 shutout against No. 67 Portland Saturday afternoon in the final match of the ITA Kick-Off Weekend. The Seminoles (3-1) won doubles and three singles matches against the Pilots (0-3) to split a pair of matches on the weekend.
In doubles, 41st-ranked seniors Daneika Borthwick and Yukako Noi won 6-0 on Court 1, and Gabriella Castaneda and Ariana Rahmanparast, playing on Court 2 for the first time this season, clinched the match with a 6-2 win.
In singles, a pair of freshmen made the score 3-0 FSU. Rahmanparast dominated in a 6-1, 6-1 win on Court 6, her first dual match win as a Nole. Julia Mikulski, a January enrollee, won 6-4, 6-3 on Court 4.
Castaneda clinched the match in the Seminoles favor with a 6-4, 6-4 win on Court 2.
Head coach Jennifer Hyde:
“We’re feeling very good about walking away from this weekend with a win under our belts after a tough match yesterday against Mississippi State. Portland played a very solid match. They are underrated – that’s a very good and deep team that they have. I was proud of how well our girls competed again today. They bring it every time we step on court to play. The ability to consistently bring it every match is imperative and separates the good from the great teams.”
Hyde on dominating doubles after struggling Friday:
“We set the tone so well today in doubles. We talked about how we were flat yesterday, and today’s approach to doubles was a 180 from yesterday. We made adjustments and we steamrolled on all the courts.”
Hyde on singles play:
“In singles, Ari did a fantastic job to get a quick point on the board, and Julia was just behind her to put us up 3-0. Gabby had the clinching match. Yuki was in a 5-3 hole in the first set and came back to win in a tiebreaker, and Daneika had a tough first set against a strong player and had a decisive 6-2 win in the second set, competing and grinding through points. I’m proud of the effort and excited to get home, recoup, and get ready for Saturday’s doubleheader against South Carolina State and North Florida.”
– Saturday’s match was the first meeting between Portland and FSU in school history.
The Seminoles head to Jacksonville on Saturday, January 30, for a doubleheader against South Carolina State and North Florida beginning at 9:00 AM.
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#36 Florida State 4, #67 Portland 0
January 23, 2016 – Sheffield Indoor Tennis Center, Durham, N.C.
Daneika Borthwick (FSU) vs. Lucia Butkovska (PORT), 4-6, 6-2, 0-1, dnf
Gabriella Castaneda (FSU) def. Maja Mladenovic (PORT), 6-4, 6-4
Yukako Noi (FSU) vs. Radina Dimitrova (PORT), 7-6 (4), 3-6, dnf
Julia Mikulski (FSU) def. Tatiana Grigoryan (PORT), 6-4, 6-3
Lana Rush (FSU) vs. Jelena Lazarevic (PORT), 6-7 (4), 3-5, dnf
Ariana Rahmanparast (FSU) def. Saroop Dhatt (PORT), 6-1, 6-1
#41 Borthwick/Noi (FSU) def. Butkovska/Lazarevic (PORT), 6-0
Castaneda/Rahmanparast (FSU) def. Dimitrova/Grigoryan (PORT), 6-2
Mikulski/Rush (FSU) vs. Mladenovic/Tori Troesch (PORT), 5-2, dnf
Order of Finish – Singles: 6,4,2; Doubles: 1,2