NASHVILLE, Tenn. –The Florida State women’s tennis team (2-1) began the ITA Kickoff Weekend with a 4-1 win over Virginia (1-2) in Nashville, Tenn at the Vanderbilt Indoor Tennis Courts. The Seminoles will take on the winner of Vanderbilt and Nebraska tomorrow at 2 p.m. ET.
“Today was a good day for the Noles,” said head coach Jennifer Hyde. “I was very pleased with how the girls came out energized in doubles. That set the tone for the rest of the match.”
The Garnet and Gold earned their second doubles point of the season as they won on courts two and three. On court two junior Ariana Rahmanparast and sophomore Carla Touly made quick work of their opponent as they were the first off with a 6-1 win. On court one sophomore Andrea Garcia and freshman Petra Hule fell to Virginia’s No. 14 ranked doubles pair of Meghan Kelley and Rosie Johanson. With just one doubles win needed for the Noles to take the doubles point senior Gabby Castaneda and junior Julia Mikulski stepped up after being tied 4-4 and took their match 6-4 on court three to give Florida State the doubles point and a 1-0 lead.
The Noles took a quick 2-0 lead due to the stellar play of Mikulski on court five. She won the first set 6-2 and swept her opponent 6-0 in the second set.
“It was very important that Julia got a very quick second point on the board for us,” said Hyde. “She played really well and with a lot of patience and maturity. Those details really matter in a match.”
The Cavaliers narrowed the gap as #111 Meghan Kelly took down Hule in straight sets. Florida State continued to fight on courts one, two and four.
On court one Touly earned her second career dual match victory and first one court one. She defeated #48 Rosie Johanson in straight sets 7-5, 6-3.
“Carla grabbed her first ranked win as a Nole today against a very good player,” said Hyde. “She led the whole match at that top court today and stepped up on big points.”
On court two Castaneda lost the first set but came back with a shutout in set two. She brought the momentum in to set three as she clinched the match for the Noles with a 6-1 win.
“Gabby dropped a close first set 6-7 but then lost only one of the following 12 games to seal it up for us,” said Hyde.
With a win tomorrow, the Seminoles would qualify for the ITA National Team Indoor Championships in Madison, Wis. at the University of Wisconsin from Feb. 8-11.
“The good thing is the match was not too long, and we have a lot left in the tank for what will be a big opportunity to advance to the final site tomorrow,” said Hyde. “I like how we are stepping up in big moments and I like how this team is competing. The confidence is growing, especially after an effort like we gave today. We can’t wait for the opportunity to earn a spot back in Wisconsin in the final 16.”
The ITA Kickoff Weekend is a nationwide event held across 15 host sites for both men and women’s tennis. The teams hope to qualify for the 2018 ITA Division I National Women’s Team Indoor Championship in Madison, Wis. February 8-11.
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Tennis Match Results
Virginia vs Florida State University
Jan 26, 2018 at Nashville, Tenn.
(Currey Tennis Center)
Florida State University 4, Virginia 1
1. #48 Carla Touly (FS) def. Rosie Johanson (VA) 7-5, 6-3
2. Gabriella Castaneda (FS) def. Cassie Mercer (VA) 5-7, 6-0, 6-1
3. #111 Meghan Kelley (VA) def. Petra Hule (FS) 6-2, 6-3
4. Ariana Rahmanparast (FS) vs. Chloe Gullickson (VA) 7-5, 5-6, unfinished
5. Julia Mikulski (FS) def. Erica Susi (VA) 6-2, 6-0
6. Andrea Garcia (FS) vs. T. Radosavljevic (VA) 6-3, 0-0, unfinished
1. #14 Meghan Kelley/Rosie Johanson (VA) def. Andrea Garcia/Petra Hule (FS) 6-3
2. Carla Touly/Ariana Rahmanparast (FS) def. Cassie Mercer/T. Radosavljevic (VA) 6-1
3. Gabriella Castaneda/Julia Mikulski (FS) def. Hunter Bleser/Chloe Gullickson (VA) 6-4
Match Notes: Order of finish: Doubles (2,1,3); Singles (5,3,1,2*)