Durham, N.C. (Tampa, Fla.) – The women’s tennis team dropped its first match of the season Friday against No. 29 Mississippi State, 4-0, in the opening match of the ITA Kick-Off Weekend hosted by Duke. The Seminoles (2-1) were facing their third-consecutive ranked opponent to open the season.
In doubles, Mississippi State took a pair of matches, while seniors Daneika Borthwick and Yukako Noi led 5-2 on Court 1 in an unfinished match.
In singles, freshman Julia Mikulski was dealt her first loss of the year, 6-3, 6-4 against Georgiana Patrasc, while fellow freshman Ariana Rahmanparast fell 6-4, 6-2 on Court 5. The Bulldogs (3-0) clinched the match on Court 1 when 13th-ranked Jasmine Lee defeated Borthwick, 7-5, 6-1.
In the unfinished singles matches, Noi led No. 36 Anastasia Rentouli 7-5, 5-2 when the match was called, and sophomore Gabriella Castaneda rallied from a first-set loss to force a third set. On Court 6, Lana Rush led 2-0 in the third set when the Bulldogs clinched.
Head coach Jennifer Hyde:
“Even though we didn’t come out on the right side of the match today, I was really happy with how hard the girls competed today. Had that match been played out, we were leaning towards a very close 4-3 finish. We just needed to be a little bit sharper in doubles and a couple singles spots for that match to be a different outcome.”
Hyde on individual efforts during Friday’s match:
“We had a slow start in doubles and didn’t execute the way we needed too. We didn’t play at the level that we needed to and I expect that to change drastically tomorrow. Gabby loses her first set and fights back for the second and is up in the third. Yuki was about to clinch and had two match points and was well on her way to winning that match. Daneika’s first set was the difference of two deuce points. We were right in that match and the score does not reflect how close we truly were.”
Hyde on facing Portland Saturday:
“I’m proud of the effort from our team and we look forward to playing a good Portland team tomorrow who played a great match against Duke. We’ll have to bring our A-game tomorrow.”
Friday’s match was the first against Mississippi State since 1994. The all-time record is now tied at 4-4.
Florida State will face No. 67 Portland Saturday afternoon at 3:00 PM to wrap up the ITA Kick-Off Weekend in Durham. The Seminoles will then 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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#29 Mississippi State 4, #36 Florida State 0
January 22, 2016 – Sheffield Indoor Tennis Center, Durham, N.C.
#13 Jasmine Lee (MSU) def. Daneika Borthwick (FSU), 7-5, 6-1
Gabriella Castaneda (FSU) vs. Madison Harrison (MSU), 3-6, 6-3, 3-3, dnf
Georgiana Patrasc (MSU) def. Julia Mikulski (FSU), 6-3, 6-4
Yukako Noi (FSU) vs. #36 Anastasia Rentouli (MSU), 7-5, 5-2, dnf
Kristina Vozniak (MSU) def. Ariana Rahmanparast (FSU), 6-4, 6-2
Lana Rush (FSU) vs. Jennifer Brown (MSU), 6-3, 2-6, 2-0, dnf
#41 Borthwick/Noi (FSU) vs. Harrison/Patrasc (MSU), 5-2, dnf
Lee/Rentouli (MSU) def. Mikulski/Rush (FSU), 6-0
#53 Brown/Vozniak (MSU) def. Castaneda/Rahmanparast (FSU), 6-1
Order of Finish – Singles: 5,3,1; Doubles: 2,3