Tallahassee, Fla. – The 71st-ranked FSU women’s tennis team (7-5, 0-3 ACC) continue to look for its first ACC win of the season after a 6-1 setback against No. 21 Miami (5-4, 2-2 ACC) Wednesday afternoon at the Scott Speicher Tennis Center.
In doubles, Miami won on Court 3, 6-2, and survived a late Florida State push to secure the point. On Court 2, Ariana Rahmanparast and Lana Rush fought back from a 5-3 hole to force a tiebreaker before falling 7-6 (3). On Court 1, seniors Daneika Borthwick and Yukako Noi also forced a tiebreaker after breaking No. 11 Stephanie Wagner and Wendy Zhang at 4-5. The match remained unfinished.
In singles, Miami tallied three victories in quick succession to secure the victory. On Court 2, No. 73 Zhang won 6-0, 6-1 over Borthwick, and Ana Madcur beat Daniela Schippers 6-1, 6-1 on Court 6. No. 8 Wagner clinched the match for the Canes with a 6-2, 6-3 win on Court 1 over Noi.
With the match decided, Miami added wins on Courts 3 and 5, while FSU’s lone point came from sophomore Gabriella Castaneda, a 7-5, 6-1 winner over Clementina Riobueno on Court 3.
– Miami leads the all-time series, 27-6. Florida State had won the previous matchup between the teams, 4-3 in last season’s ACC Tournament.
Head Coach Jennifer Hyde:
“I thought we did a really good job in doubles. Courts 1 and 2 stepped up and kept things tight and aggressive. We needed to be more aggressive and didn’t quite trust ourselves, but getting to two tiebreakers speaks to the continual improvement in doubles which is what we’ve needed to see. I’m pretty excited about that.
”We came out okay in singles and just fell a little flat. I felt like, credit to Miami, they did a good job of hanging around and didn’t give us a lot to work with. They were consistent and executed at a high level. We just didn’t rise to it like we need to.”
On sophomore Gabriella Castaneda:
“I was happy for her. That’s two in a row and that winning continues to breed confidence in her. We just need to keep working and get ourselves back on court tomorrow and focus for our match next weekend against Clemson.”
The Seminoles will take 10 days off before facing another Top 20 ACC program at Clemson on March 12. The next home match is March 18 vs. No. 33 Georgia Tech.
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#21 Miami 6, #71 Florida State 1
March 2, 2016 – Scott Speicher Tennis Center, Tallahassee, Fla.
#8 Stephanie Wagner (UM) def. Yukako Noi (FSU), 6-2, 6-3
#73 Wendy Zhang (UM) def. Daneika Borthwick (FSU), 6-0, 6-1
Gabriella Castaneda (FSU) def. Clementina Riobueno (UM), 7-5, 6-1
Silvia Fuentes (UM) def. Julia Mikulski (FSU), 6-3, 6-4
Clara Tanielian (UM) def. Ariana Rahmanparast (FSU), 6-2, 6-3
Ana Madcur (UM) def. Daniela Schippers (FSU), 6-1, 6-1
Borthwick/Noi (FSU) vs. #11 Wagner/Zhang (UM), 6-6 (1-4), dnf
Sinead Lohan/Tanielian (UM) def. Rahmanparast/Rush (FSU), 7-6 (3)
Fuentes/Riobueno (UM) def. Castaneda/Mikulski (FSU), 6-2
Order of Finish: Singles – 2,6,1,5,4,3; Doubles – 3,2