Greenville, S.C. – The Florida State women’s tennis team wrapped up play at the Debbie Southern Fall Classic on Sunday with three more wins.
“Overall we were happy with how the girls performed this weekend during their first fall event,” said head coach Jennifer Hyde. “It was great to get back in to a competition mindset, and gauge exactly where we are at this point in the season. It was great to get the bulk of the team together for a road trip and time together after the long summer break. We definitely missed the three others who were back in Tallahassee, but will have lots of trips together coming up.”
Freshman Petra Hule won her match against Danielle Wolf of Ohio State in a close one. Hule lost set one 3-6 but fought back in sets two and three to win 7-5, 7-6(6). Freshman Lucie Prochazkova earned third due to a default.
“Petra (Hule) finished off today in epic fashion,” said Hyde. “She had a very tough three set match where she was down 2-5 in the third set. She saved two match points at 4-5 to even the score at 5-5. Then, in the third set tie breaker, she was down 3-6 (3 more match points down), and won 5 straight points to win the tiebreaker and the match. That kind of fight is what being a Seminole is all about.”
Sophomore Gabby Goldin took on Cameron Kriscunas of Ole Miss in her third place match. Goldin lost the first set 6-7(2), but came back in dominate fashion defeating Kriscunas 6-4, 6-1 in the final two sets.
“Same goes for GG (Gabby Goldin),” said Hyde. “She fought her way through a very tough three set match, coming out on top. I’m glad she was able to finish off the weekend in a high note.”
Junior Ariana Rahmanparast took on Danni Ruiz of Clemson in the final of her bracket. Rahmanparast came out strong taking the first set 6-1. Ruiz did what Hule and Goldin did and made a two set comeback winning sets two and three, 6-2, 6-2. Rahmanparast took second in her draw.
“Ari was playing for her flight championship, and came up just short in yet another three set match,” said Hyde. “She played some solid tennis this weekend.”
Sophomore Nandini Das fell short in her match for fifth place as Amanda Meyer from Vanderbilt defeated her 7-6, 6-2. Andrea Garcia was taken down by Carol Elizabeth Kelman of Furman 6-3, 6-4
The Noles head to Tampa, Fla. next weekend to compete in the Bedford Cup.
“We get back on the road and in to competition again this coming weekend, so it’s a quick turnaround,” said Hyde. “We will sharpen some things up at practice this week, then get back on court competing on Friday.”
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