TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida State women’s tennis team (4-1) swept the North Florida Ospreys (1-1) 4-0 and the Florida Gulf Coast Eagles (2-2) 4-0 in a home-opening doubleheader at the Scott Speicher Tennis Center on Friday.
“It was a good day today. It’s always exciting to play your first match of the season,” Florida State head coach Jennifer Hyde said.
“We’ve had a rigorous road schedule so far, so it’s a great reward to be able to play at home in front of our fans. We’re looking forward to having a good home stretch here for the next couple weeks.”
Against North Florida, the Seminoles quickly claimed the doubles point with wins on courts one and two to go up 1-0.
In singles, junior Gabriella Castaneda defeated No. 58 Michelle Valdez 6-1, 6-3, followed by sophomore Ariana Rahmanparast as she defeated Kinga Gartner 6-2, 6-2.
Freshman Andrea Garcia closed out the match for the Seminoles, defeating Irina Karangozishvili 6-2, 7-6(3) on court six.
In the second half of the doubleheader, the Noles again jumped out on top of FGCU after quickly claiming the doubles point.
“We set the tone very well in doubles in both matches today,” Hyde said. “I’m very pleased with that.”
Senior Daniela Schippers won 6-1, 6-1 on court four, followed by freshman Nandini Das, who took court three 6-1, 6-3 to give Florida State a 3-0 advantage. Sophomore Julia Mikulski closed out the 4-0 sweep with a 6-3, 6-3 clincher on court two.
Also of note, Castaneda fell behind 3-5 in the first set on court one, only to battle back to take the set 7-5. FSU clinched the match before the second set was completed.
“(Castaneda) is really playing mature tennis,” Hyde said. “She’s playing her game and doing a great job of leading up at the top spot.”
The Seminoles have next week off before the Military Appreciation/Student Veterans match against Air Force and FAMU on Saturday, February 18 at the Scott Speicher Tennis Center.
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