HONOLULU, Hawai’i. – The Florida State women’s tennis team (1-0) began play on Saturday in the Rainbow Wahine Invitational after a brief scare that saw the state of Hawai’i get put under a ballistic missile warning. The tournament consists of Florida State, University of Hawai’i and Utah in individual singles and doubles play.
“It was another very solid day for us today,” said head coach Jennifer Hyde. “After a very big scare here in Hawaii this morning, the girls did an amazing job of compartmentalizing and got right to work. We came out winning all four doubles matches, and played a bit better today than yesterday.”
The day started with doubles play that showcased the Seminoles going a perfect 4-0
Senior Gabby Castaneda and junior Ariana Rahmanparast defeated Taylor Laua and Michelle Pits of Hawai’i 6-1. Sophomore Andrea Garcia and junior Julia Mikulski defeated Petra Melounova and Roxanne Resma of Hawai’i 6-4.
Sophomore Carla Touly and freshman Petra Hule defeated Brianna Turley and Margo Pletcher of Utah 7-5.
“Pep and Carla got behind 2-5 in their set, and won 5 straight games to finish,” said Hyde. “Big fight shown by them to bring that deficit back.”
Sophomore Gabby Goldin and freshman Lucie Prochazkova rounded out the Noles perfect doubles round with a 6-4 win over Victoria Robertson and Taylor Calton of Utah.
In singles, Rahmanparast fell behind early in the first set, 1-4, but was able to fight back and take the first set from Whitney Turley of Utah 7-5. In the second set, she was able to take care of her opponent a little easier, 6-3.
“Ari got behind 1-4 in her first set, and made some immediate and crucial adjustments that paid off,” said Hyde. “She grabbed that set 7-5 and did a great job closing out the second set 6-3. She really worked to find her range and did so after a bit of a slow start.”
Garcia had a much easier time than her teammate as she breezed through Leah Heimuli of Utah 6-1, 6-2.
“Andrea rolled today,” said Hyde. “She’s playing with a lot of confidence and is playing her game very specifically. I was very pleased with her play today.”
Touly is continuing to get used to playing at the college tennis level but has improved to 2-0 as she took down Alexia Petrovic of Utah 6-4, 6-2.
“Carla played through some college tennis adversity today, but did a great job of using her maturity and experience to put things to rest,” said Hyde. “She is learning a lot this weekend and competing very hard.”
Castaneda fought in a tough match but was able to defeat Brianna Turley of Utah 5-7, 7-6, 10-6 to become yet another Seminole to earn both a doubles and singles victory on the day.
“Gabby hasn’t been 100% healthy these last three days yet found a way to win another 3rd set tiebreaker again today,” said Hyde. “She’s competing with a lot of focus and intention. I’m proud of her efforts today.”
Mikulski was one of two Seminoles to go three sets on the day. After losing the first set 7-6, she turned it around and fought hard to win set two 7-6 and then the third set tiebreaker 11-9.
“Jules let some leads slip today, but she found a way to hang around while not playing her best tennis,” said Hyde. “Today was an absolute mental battle for Jules, and I could not be more proud of her efforts in battling for a win in a third set tiebreaker. It’s easy to win if you are playing your best, but 100% more difficult when you aren’t. Jules found a way, and you have to love seeing that heart and fight from her. That was a big effort.”
Hule wrapped up the winning for the Garnet and Gold as she took down Marina Hruba of Hawaii 6-4, 6-2.
Goldin fell behind early, losing set one 6-4, but fought back to take the second set, before falling in the final set.
“Gabby gave a big fight in her match today,” said Hyde. “Her opponent didn’t give GG an inch and made very few unforced errors. After losing the first set, she rallied hard and took a commanding lead quickly in the second set, and lost a close one in the third set.”
Lucie Prochazkova also fell in a hard fought battle as well, losing 6-4, 6-3.
“It was good to Lucie compete hard out there today,” said Hyde. “She played well against a seasoned Utah opponent, but just came up short.”
“I am seeing a lot of fight in this team already, and it speaks very highly of where we are at this point in the season. We have one more day of tennis tomorrow, and a few more chances to keep improving. I look forward to finishing this amazing trip off on the highest note possible.”
Florida State continues to play in Hawai’i on Sunday in the final day of Rainbow Wahine Invitational. Play begins at 5 p.m. ET on Sunday.
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Rainbow Wahine Invitational
Jan 13, 2018 at Honolulu, Oahu (UH Tennis Complex)
Andrea Garcia (Florida State) def. Leah Heimuli (Utah) 6-1, 6-2
Ariana Rahmanparast (Florida State) def. Whitney Turley (Utah) 7-5, 6-3
Gabriella Castaneda (Florida State) def. Brianna Turley (Utah) 5-7, 7-6, 10-6
Carla Touly (Florida State) def. Alexia Petrovic (Utah) 6-4, 6-2
Victoria Robertson (Utah) def. Lucie Prochazkova (Florida State) 6-4, 6-3
Taylor Lau (Hawaii) def. Gabrielle Goldin (Florida State) 6-4, 2-6, 10-6
Julia Mikulski (Florida State) def. Michelle Pits (Hawaii) 6-7, 7-6, 11-9
Petra Hule (Florida State) def. Marina Hruba (Hawaii) 6-4, 6-2
Gabriella Castaneda/Ariana Rahmanparast (Florida State) def. Taylor Lau/Michelle Pits (Hawaii) 6-1
Andrea Garcia/Julia Mikulski (Florida State) def. Petra Melounova/Roxanne Resma (Hawaii) 6-4
Carla Touly/Petra Hule (Florida State) def. Brianna Turley/Margo Pletcher (Utah) 7-5
Gabrielle Goldin/Lucie Prochazkova (Florida State) def. Victoria Robertson/Taylor Calton (Utah) 6-4