TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida State women’s tennis team (8-8, 1-5 ACC) travels to Louisville, Ky. to take on the Louisville Cardinals (12-4, 1-3 ACC) at the Bass-Rudd Tennis Center on Sunday at 1:00 p.m. The Seminoles will then turn around and head to Pennsylvania to take on the Pittsburgh Panthers (3-6, 0-5) on Sunday at 12:00 p.m. at the Alpha Tennis and Fitness Center.
The match is featured as the USTA/ACC Match of the Week, and is being broadcast on ACC Network Extra.
This is the second match the Seminoles will play on television this season, following the February 21 match against Miami. The April 13 home match against Notre Dame will also be featured on ACC Network Extra.
Among the highlights of last weekend’s matches was sophomore Julia Mikulski’s win over No. 4 Sara Daavettila of UNC. Mikulski dropped the first set but rallied to force a third set tiebreaker, where she pulled ahead and held on for a 2-6, 6-4, 10-8 victory.
“We’re heading up there looking to win,” Mikulski said of the matchup with Louisville. “We’ll give our best, compete, and fight as a team.”
The Seminoles are 5-0 all-time against the Cardinals, including a 4-1 victory in Tallahassee last season.
Following the trip to Louisville, the Seminoles will head to Pittsburgh to take on the Pitt Panthers. Florida State is also undefeated against the Panthers, holding a 4-0 all-time record after a 5-2 home victory to close out the 2016 regular season.
Noles in the Polls
Fresh off her career win over the No. 4-ranked player in the nation, Julia Mikulski ascended to the first national ranking of her career, checking in at 103 in the country.
Following last weekend’s matches against Duke and UNC, the Seminoles check in at No. 53 in the nation in the ITA team rankings. Louisville comes in at No. 64, while Pittsburgh is ranked No. 125.
Freshman Nandini Das took over the number one spot in the lineup and showed well against two experienced foes last weekend. Das took Duke’s No. 90 to a third set tiebreaker 4-6, 6-4, 11-9, and went toe-to-toe with No. 2 Hayley Carter of UNC, fighting hard in a 6-3, 6-3 loss.
Das and sophomore Ariana Rahmanparast are tied for the team lead with seven singles victories and 15 overall wins this season.
Doubles has been a strong point for the Seminoles, winning ten such points this season. Junior Gabriella Castaneda and senior Daniela Schippers are 7-0 on the season, and in the absence of Castaneda, Schippers and freshman Gabrielle Goldin are 2-1 on the year.
Das and Rahmanparast lead the team with eight doubles wins.
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