Rome, Ga. – The No. 41 Florida State women’s tennis team (16-10, 8-7 ACC) battled past the No. 42 Virginia Cavaliers (11-13) 4-2 to advance to the quarterfinal round of the ACC Women’s Tennis Championships at the Rome Tennis Center. “It doesn’t get much better than this,” Florida State head coach Jennifer Hyde said. “To lose to Virginia in a really tight 4-3 match less than a week ago, and to turn around and put ourselves in position to redeem ourselves and how we responded to that was epic.”
The match was delayed five and half hours due to rain throughout the morning and early afternoon, but at around 6:30 p.m. the players finally took to the courts.
The doubles point came down to the final court, but the Seminoles were able to prevail with a close 7-5 victory on court two as Nandini Das/Ariana Rahmanparast defeated Rosie Johanson/Meghan Kelly.
In singles play, a pair of Seminoles in the bottom half of the lineup got the off the court quickly to give Florida State a 3-0 lead.
Rahmanparast was first off the court, with a dominating 6-1, 6-1 sweep of UVA’s Hunter Bleser on court six.
Daniela Schippers quickly followed with a 6-4, 6-2 defeat of Chloe Gullickson on court four to put the Seminoles up 3-0.
No. 113 Julia Mikulski fell 6-3, 6-1 on court three to put the Cavaliers on the board at 3-1.
Gabriella Castaneda fought hard on court one, but fell 7-5, 6-4 at the top of the lineup to put the score at 3-2.
Both Andrea Garcia and Nandini Das each went to a third set as the sun set at the Rome Tennis Center and the match finished under the lights.
With the added pressure of both teams them on, Garcia dug deep and blew by Teodora Radosavljevic in the third set to clinch the court and the match 6-0, 3-6, 6-2 on court five.
Das trailed in the third set 3-6, 6-2, 2-4 when the Noles clinched the 4-2 victory.
With the win today, the Noles have greatly helped their chances to be selected for a bid into the NCAA Championships, which will be announced after the conference champions have been determined.
“We’ve been taking baby steps, little bites all season long, we’ve taken a couple on the chin, but the one thing this team has not stopped doing is they have not stopped competing for a second,” Hyde said. “As it showed tonight, when we have that mentality and have that mindset, we can do anything. It’s coming at the right time of the year.”
The Seminoles will now face the No. 1 seed North Carolina Tar Heels tomorrow at 1:00 p.m. in the quarterfinal round of the ACC Championship.
You can follow along with the match here: http://theacc.co/wten17live8
Head Coach Jennifer Hyde
“It doesn’t get much better than this. To lose to Virginia in a really tight 4-3 match less than a week ago, and to turn around and put ourselves in position to redeem ourselves and how we responded to that was epic.
I think we didn’t really talk about it out loud, but everybody knew that this was the match we needed to put ourselves back in the NCAA Championships. I am so proud of the poise and the competitiveness that this team brought today. It required everything we had, and that’s exactly what we gave.
We’ve been taking baby steps, little bites all season long, we’ve taken a couple on the chin, but the one thing this team has not stopped doing is they have not stopped competing for a second. As it showed tonight, when we have that mentality and have that mindset, we can do anything. It’s coming at the right time of the year.”
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#41 Florida State 4, #42 Virginia 2
1. #56 Rosie Johanson (VA) def. Gabriella Castaneda (FS) 7-5, 6-4
2. Cassie Mercer (VA) vs. Nandini Das (FS) 6-3, 2-6, 2-4, unfinished
3. Meghan Kelley (VA) def. #113 Julia Mikulski (FS) 6-3, 6-1
4. Daniela Schippers (FS) def. Chloe Gullickson (VA) 6-4, 6-2
5. Andrea Garcia (FS) def. T. Radosavljevic (VA) 6-0, 3-6, 6-2
6. Ariana Rahmanparast (FS) def. Hunter Bleser (VA) 6-1, 6-1
1. #44 Chloe Gullickson/Cassie Mercer (VA) def. Andrea Garcia/Julia Mikulski (FS) 6-3
2. Nandini Das/Ariana Rahmanparast (FS) def. Rosie Johanson/Meghan Kelley (VA) 7-5
3. Gabriella Castaneda/Daniela Schippers (FS) def. Camille Favero/T. Radosavljevic (VA) 6-2
Florida State 16-10; National ranking #41
Virginia 11-13; National ranking #42
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (6,4,3,1,5)
Second-round of ACC Championships.
UVA seeded eighth. FSU seeded ninth.
FSU advances to the quarterfinals to face top-seeded UNC.