New Orleans, La. (Tallahassee, Fla.) – For the second time this weekend, the Florida State women’s tennis team went on the road and knocked off a ranked team, this time against No. 65 Tulane. The Noles dominant 6-1 victory at the City Park Pepsi Tennis Center moved FSU’s record to 2-0 on the year.
Florida State split a pair of doubles matches, with Gabriella Castaneda and Ariana Rahmanparast winning on Court 3 6-4 over Kyla Klier and Sofia Kurtz. The deciding match came down to Court 1, where seniors Daneika Borthwick and Yukako Noi rallied from a 5-1 deficit to win 7-5 and give FSU the doubles point.
In singles, Rahmanparast was forced to retire for the second consecutive match, which tied the score at 1-all before the Seminoles won in straight sets on the remaining five courts. In only three sets, Rahmanparast’s first against Ipek Birol (2-6), Castaneda’s first against Klier (6-4) and Borthwick’s second against Naz Karagoz (7-5), did Tulane win four games in a set.
The match was clinched when freshman Julia Mikulski, playing in her second collegiate match, finished off Elena Muller, 6-0, 6-3.
Head coach Jennifer Hyde:
“The girls did a great job to kick off the season on the right foot. They managed two solid road matches very well this weekend, and set themselves up perfectly heading into next weekend’s ITA Kick-Off Weekend.
“I was especially pleased with how every one of the girls got better this weekend. We are far from playing our best tennis, yet playing well and making good adjustments as needed. This weekend was one big step in the right direction.”
Hyde on the upcoming ITA Kick-Off Weekend against Mississippi State, Duke, and Portland:
“Process and progress are the focus right now, and we will use the rest of this week to first rest up and then turn our focus towards preparing for a very solid Mississippi State team coming up on Saturday.”
Florida State improved to 9-4 against the Green Wave, while Hyde evened her all-time record against Tulane to 1-1.
It was the first matchup against Tulane since Hyde’s first year at Florida State in 2005 (4-3 Tulane win).
Dating to last season, Florida State has won four of its past five matches against ranked opponents.
This is the seventh 2-0 start for the Seminoles under Hyde.
Florida State will head to Durham, N.C., for the ITA Kick-Off Weekend hosted by Duke. Florida State will face No. 29 Mississippi State Friday at 10:00 a.m. Friday’s second match between host No. 16 Duke and No. 67 Portland is scheduled for 2 p.m. The winner’s of the first two matches will face off Saturday, and the winner of that match will advance to the ITA Team Indoor Championship in Madison, Wisc. the weekend of Feb. 5.
For more information on Florida State tennis, check Seminoles.com for the latest news and scheduling information, or keep up with the team on social media through Twitter (@FSU_WTennis), Facebook (http://cs.seminoles.com/FSU.WTennis), and Instagram (@FSUWTennis).
#37 Florida State 6, #65 Tulane 1
January 18, 2016 – City Park Pepsi Tennis Center, New Orleans, La.
Daneika Borthwick (FSU) def. Naz Karagoz (TUL), 6-1, 7-5
Gabriella Castaneda (FSU) def. Kyla Kiler (TUL), 6-4, 6-2
Ipek Birol (TUL) def. Ariana Rahmanparast (FSU), 6-2, ret.
Julia Mikulski (FSU) def. Elena Muller (TUL), 6-0, 6-3
Yukako Noi (FSU) def. Jacqui Katz (TUL), 6-2, 6-1
Lana Rush (FSU) def. Sofia Kurtz (TUL), 6-2, 6-2
#41 Borthwick/Noi (FSU) def. Sade Atkinson/Birol (TUL), 7-5
Karagoz/Muller (TUL) def. Mikulski/Rush (FSU), 6-3
Castaneda/Rahmanparast (FSU) def. Klier/Kurtz (TUL), 6-4
Order of Finish – Singles: 3,5,6,4,1,2; Doubles: 2,3,1