TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The No. 19 Florida State women’s tennis team (7-3) lost their first home match of the season on Sunday. They fell in a close 4-3 match against No. 12 Georgia Tech (7-1) in the Seminoles’ first ACC match of the season.
In doubles, Florida State had an early lead on all three courts. Georgia Tech stormed back to take a 4-3 lead on court one and two. The Seminoles were not able to come back and lost the matches on court one and three as the Yellow Jackets took the doubles point.
“Doubles was a big difference maker today,” said head coach Jennifer Hyde. “We had a lot of opportunities to get the point and we did not execute as well as we can and take advantage of the opportunities we created.”
The Noles fought hard in singles as they attempted to make a comeback that was led by sophomore Carla Touly on court one. Junior Ariana Rahmanparast was the first Seminole to fall in singles as she lost to Kenya Jones. Georgia Tech grabbed a 3-0 lead as they defeated freshman Petra Hule on court two and then clinched the match on court three with a win by No. 83 Ida Jarlskog over senior Gabby Castaneda.
“They took control in three of the singles matches and in the other three we were hanging in there really well, and we know matches like this are going to come down to the end,” said Hyde.
Even though Georgia Tech clinched the match, the Garnet and Gold did not give up and continued to fight. Sophomore Andrea Garcia continued her winning ways as she grabbed Florida State’s first singles win on court six, and improved her singles record to 6-0 on the season. Touly made a big statement in her first ACC match of the season as she fought in a back and forth battle against No. 25 Paige Hourigan. Touly took the first set 6-2 but surrendered the second 7-5. She took an early lead in the third set and did not look back as she earned her biggest win of the season against No. 25 Hourigan. Junior Julia Mikulski wrapped up play as she earned a win of her own on court five in three sets.
“Credit to Georgia Tech, they stepped up on a few more courts than we did and that makes a big difference,” said Hyde. “I was really pleased that even though we had lost the match the girls were still playing like it was for a title. Even though we had lost I think it shows a lot about the character of the team to fight hard and stay out here to take care of their work even though the match was finished.”
Florida State will be back on the court next week as they take on Clemson on Friday and are back home on Sunday to take on the Pitt Panthers.
“You hate losing at home but we had a lot of really positive things to take from today and I am excited to get on the road for our second conference match against Clemson.”
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Tennis Match Results
Georgia Tech vs Florida State University
Feb 25, 2018 at Tallahassee, Fla.
(FSU Indoor Tennis Courts)
#12 Georgia Tech 4, #19 Florida State University 3
Georgia Tech 7-1; National ranking #12
Florida State University 7-3; National ranking #19
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3); Singles (4,2,3,6,1,5)