Tampa, Fla./Evanston, Ill. – The Florida State women’s tennis team began play at the Bedford Cup and Wildcat Invitational on Friday. The Noles went 2-0 in doubles on day one in the Bedford Cup in Tampa, Fla., and 3-1 in doubles at the Wildcat Invitational in Evanston, Ill.
“We had a pretty solid day in Evanston,” said head coach Jennifer Hyde. “The conditions were challenging and took some getting used to, but the girls all played some solid matches today.”
Senior Gabby Castaneda began her fall season at the Bedford Cup against Ana Madcur from Miami. She fell in two sets 5-3, 6-3.
“It is great news for us to see Gabby (Castaneda) back on the court,” said assistant coach Jaime Sanchez-Canamares Rios. “She competed well and will improve with more matches on her racket.”
Freshman Lucie Prochazkova took on Vanja Klaric from host school USF. Prochazkova lost the first set 6-3. She fought in the second set, but fell short, 7-6.
“Lucie (Prochazkova) is improving every day, and a lot of success is waiting for her,” said Sanchez-Canamares Rios.
Sophomore Gabby Goldin rounded out singles play with an overpowering win against Sara Culberston from Miami in straight sets, 6-2, 6-3.
“(Gabby) Goldin did a fantastic job,” said Sanchez-Canamares Rios. “She got another win this fall and is playing at a high level.”
In doubles, the Garnet and Gold went 2-0 at the Bedford Cup. The pairing of Castaneda and Goldin took on Ulyana Shirokova and Daniela Roldon from Miami. The duo took down the Miami twosome, 6-1. Prochazkova teamed up with Emilia Granstrom from UCF. The two rolled through Juliana Cardosa and Alexandria Mjos from USF, 6-1.
Sophomore Nandini Das got things started for the Noles in singles play at the Wildcat Invitational with a great win. She defeated No. 98 ranked Alexia Petrovic of Utah, 6-4, 6-2.
“Nandini (Das) did a great job of playing a very complete match,” said Hyde. “She was engaged throughout, and controlled things from start to finish.”
Junior Ariana Rahmanparast added to the win column with a straight set win over Samantha Memije of Michigan State, 6-3, 6-4.
“Ari jumped out to a set lead, then fell behind in the second set,” said Hyde. “She fought her way back to a win in the second set, doing another great job of making some adjustments and showing some solid fight.”
Freshman Petra Hule fell in three sets to Allie Miller of Notre Dame, 6-4, 5-7, 6-2. Fellow Seminole, sophomore Andrea Garcia was not so lucky either. She took the first set from her opponent 7-5, but could not hold on as Inci Ogut from Northwestern won sets two and three, 6-4, 6-2.
“Petra and Andrea both lost their matches in tough three set battles,” said Hyde. “There were so many positives from of those losses, and tomorrow they need to come out firing.”
The Garnet and Gold came out firing in doubles play, going 3-1. Hule and Garcia took down Cat Orfanos and Nathalie Joanlanne of Montana 6-3 in the first round. They kept it going in the second round with a win over Leslie Foe and Issy Franks from Marquette 6-2. Das and Rahmanparast could not hold on in the first round as they lost to Bella Lorenzini and Chiarra Lommer of Michigan 6-4. However, they fought back and beat Brianna Turley and Leah Heimulu of Utah 6-2 in the second round to move onto the semifinals of the consolation bracket.
Play at the Bedford Cup will begin at 9 a.m. ET and the Wildcat Invitational will begin at 11 a.m. ET on Saturday.
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