GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The second-seeded Florida State women’s tennis team begins play in the 2018 NCAA Team Championships Friday, May 11 at 11 a.m. as they take on the University of North Florida at the Ring Tennis Center in the first round of the Gainesville regional.
The Seminoles earned the two seed in the Gainesville regional after finishing the season with an 18-8 record, good for the most regular season wins since 1999. The Seminoles were also 9-5 in the ACC, which surpassed the most ACC wins in school history by two. Florida State finished the season on a hot streak winning their last seven matches before losing to Virginia Tech in the ACC Tournament.
The Osprey’s of North Florida earned an automatic berth into the tournament field as winners of the ASUN Championship. The second seed in the conference tournament, UNF defeated Lipscomb and Stetson en route to the program’s fourth consecutive conference title.
North Florida is led by Rafaela Gomez on court one. She has gone 8-8 in the spring with all of her matches on that court. Lucia Montano leads the Ospreys on court three is a 15-6 dual match record, good for best on the team, and a 7-4 record on court three.
Florida State is 10-1 all-time against North Florida and 5-0 against them under head coach Jennifer Hyde. In those five meeting, the Seminoles outscored North Florida 21-1 including a 4-0 win against the Ospreys in the 2010 NCAA Tournament.
The match will be broadcasted here: http://floridagators.com/sports/2018/3/9/tennis-women-live-video-stats.aspx
With a win on Friday, the Seminoles will advance the second round and take on the winner of Florida and Youngstown State at 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 12.
The winner of the Gainesville regional will advance the round of 16 in Winston-Salem, N.C. for the remainder the NCAA Team Championship, held May 17-22 at the Wake Forest Tennis Complex.
Numbers to Note
3Ranking of Florida when Florida State defeated them on Feb. 3 was tied for the highest ranked win in program history.
14 Freshman Petra Hule leads the team in doubles wins with 14 wins this season.
17 Sophomore Andrea Garcia is in the team lead in singles wins with 17 wins this season.
She opened the season with a nine dual match win streak and has won her last eight.
21 Florida State is ranked No. 21 in this week’s Oracle/ITA Rankings. They have now been ranked for 11 straight weeks.
19 Touly is ranked 19th, one off her career high ranking of 18.
29 Newcomers Petra Hule and Carla Touly have combined for a 29-13 record across the No. 1, 2 and 3 positions this season.
114 The Seminoles have outscored their opponents 114-48 in their first 26 matches of the year.
214 Head coach Jennifer Hyde is the all-time winningest women’s tennis coach in Florida State history with 214 wins. She earned her 200th win after beating FAU 6-1.
Noles in the Polls
In the latest ITA poll, Florida State comes in at No. 21. The Seminoles also have two ranked singles players and two ranked Doubles pairs. The duo of sophomore Andrea Garcia and freshman Petra Hule are ranked No. 44 and the pair of Carla Touly and Ariana Rahmanparast are ranked No. 56. Touly is ranked No. 19 in singles while Hule is ranked No. 122 in this week’s Oracle/ITA rankings.
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