Raleigh, N.C. – Playing her first match in over a month, freshman Ariana Rahmanparast gutted out a three-set thriller to deliver the Noles a 4-3 win at No. 37 North Carolina State Friday afternoon. Rahmanparast’s victory was one of four singles wins on the day for the Seminoles. In doubles, Florida State (10-11, 2-9 ACC) watched an early lead evaporate as the Wolfpack won both of the completed matches.
In singles, NC State (11-8, 4-6 ACC) took an early 2-0 lead with a 6-2, 6-0 win from Joanna Nalborska over Gabriella Castaneda on Court 2. The Seminoles quickly answered with senior Daneika Borthwick’s 6-3, 6-0 win on Court 1 over No. 38 Martina Frantova. The 39th-ranked Borthwick has now won four consecutive matches, all against ranked opponents, including the last three in a seven day span against Top 50 opponents.
NC State struck on Court 5 with a 6-4, 6-1 win before Florida State won the final three courts and left Raleigh with a win. Freshman Julia Mikulski was the first to win with a 6-4, 6-4 win over Claudia Wiktorin. Senior Yukako Noi tied the match at 3-3 with a 7-6 (2), 6-2 win on Court 3 over Bianca Moldovan.
In the only match to go three sets, Rahmanparast rallied from a second-set loss and a 5-3 third-set deficit to win the final four games and beat Tayla Stenta, 6-3, 4-6, 7-5 to secure the Noles second conference win of the season.
Head coach Jennifer Hyde
“Big day for us today. We’re very excited about today’s performance. It was very gutsy up and down the line. Good, competitive match on both sides of the net. Doubles had a pretty good lead at 3 and 1 and we had the chance to win doubles but came up short.”
“Daneika completely took all of the wind out of the sails of her opponent. A girl that is ranked right there with Daneika and she only gave up three games. Daneika did an amazing job playing relentless tennis and making things very difficult for her opponent. She’s doing an awesome job right now, playing confidently and calmly.”
“Julia worked through some stuff in the second set and got that second point on the board for us. Yuki had a close first set and stepped up and played her game in the second and it was good to see things come together for her in that match.”
“For Ari, it was her first match in over a month. She did a good job getting a set lead but NC State stepped up in the second set. Ari fought off three match points to win that match. She won that match by sure will – nothing but will. She’s been talking about wanting to be in that position and have that match on her shoulders, and she delivered big time for this team today. Tremendous effort, especially for a freshman, to want the ball and come through for the team speaks volumes to the career that’s ahead for her.”
– Borthwick’s win in singles gives her 77 for her career, three away from the Top 10 all-time at Florida State.
The final regular season road match of the season will take place at No. 20 Wake Forest Sunday at 12 PM. The final home weekend will begin next Friday, April 15, against Troy and Louisville at 11 AM.
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#69 Florida State def. #37 NC State, 4-3
April 8, 2016 – J.W. Isenhour Tennis Center, Raleigh, N.C.
#39 Daneika Borthwick (FSU) def. #38 Martina Frantova (NCS), 6-3, 6-0
Joanna Nalborska (NCS) def. Gabriella Castaneda (FSU), 6-2, 6-0
Yukako Noi (FSU) def. Bianca Moldovan (NCS), 7-6 (2), 6-2
Julia Mikulski (FSU) def. Claudia Wiktorin (NCS), 6-4, 6-4
Amanda Rebol (NCS) def. Daniela Schippers (FSU), 6-4, 6-1
Ariana Rahmanparast (FSU) def. Tayla Stenta (NCS), 6-3, 4-6, 7-5
Frantova/Stenta (NCS) def. Borthwick/Mikulski (FSU), 6-4
Moldovan/Nalborska (NCS) def. Castaneda/Schippers (FSU), 6-3
Noi/Rahmanparast (FSU) vs. Rebol/Wiktorin (NCS), 5-5, dnf.
Order of Finish: Singles – 2,1,5,4,3,6; Doubles – 1,2