CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The No. 42 Florida State women’s tennis team (14-10, 6-7 ACC) fell in a heartbreaking fashion to the No. 43 Virginia Cavaliers (10-11, 7-6 ACC) by the score of 4-3 on Friday afternoon at the Snyder Tennis Center.
The match was close from the start, as the doubles point came down to a tiebreak on court three.
Junior Gabriella Castaneda and senior Daniela Schippers battled back and forth with Virginia’s Camille Favero/Teodora Radosavljevic, and prevailed 7-6(6) to maintain a perfect record on the year (13-0 in doubles play) and clinch the doubles point for Florida State.
In singles, the nationally-ranked Seminoles jumped out to an early lead, as sophomore Arian Rahmanparast took down Favero 6-4, 6-2 on court six and No. 109 sophomore Julia Mikulski defeated Meghan Kelly 6-1, 6-3 to give the Noles a 3-0 lead. The win was Rahmaparast’s 13th singles victory of the season, most on the team.
Playing at the one spot at the top of lineup, freshman Nandini Das fought hard against No. 49 Rosie Johanson, but fell 6-4, 6-3. With momentum on their side, the Cavaliers were able to capitalize with wins on two and four to even the match at 3-3.
On court five, freshman Andrea Garcia took the first set 6-2 over Radosavljevic and battled throughout, but was unable to come up with the win, falling 6-2, 4-6, 2-6 to decide the match and give Virginia the 4-3 victory.
The Seminoles conclude the regular season in Blacksburg, Va. against Virginia Tech on Sunday at 11:30 a.m., looking to gain momentum heading into the ACC Championships next week. Fans can follow along with live stats and a live video stream of the match here: http://www.hokiesports.com/wtennis/live/
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