Tampa, Fla./Evanston, Ill. – The Florida State women’s tennis team continued play at the Bedford Cup and Wildcat Invitational on Saturday. Sophomore Nandini Das will be competing in the finals of her singles flight in the Wildcat Invitational, along with sophomore Andrea Garcia and freshman Petra Hule in the doubles final of their flight. The Noles will have two singles players playing in the consolation final and one in the third-place match at the Bedford Cup.
At the Wildcat Invitational, the Garnet and Gold went 3-1 in singles and 4-2 on the day, including three, three-set wins in singles.
Sophomore Nandini Das kept up her strong performance from day one and turned it into another win. She took the first set 6-4, but lost the second 7-5. Das showed grit and came back with a dominating third set taking down Lee Or of Northwestern, 6-0. Das will take on Aslina Chua of Michigan State in the finals tomorrow.
Hule and Garcia both won their matches in three sets as well. Hule lost the first set 7-6 but fought hard to take down Julie Byrne from Northwestern 6-2, 6-4 in the final two sets. Garcia won the first set 6-1 but lost the second set 5-7. She powered through the third set to finish off Luisa Varon from Pitt with a 6-4 win in the third set.
Junior Ariana Rahmanparast was defeated by Cameron Course of Notre Dame, 6-4, 6-2.
In doubles, Das and Rahmanparast were taken down 6-1 by the pairing of Zoe Spence and Corse from Notre Dame, 6-1.
Hule and Garcia defeated Nora Miniyarova and Dora Andrejski of Lewis, 7-6 in the semifinals. The Seminole duo will take on Frey and Varon from Pitt in the finals tomorrow.
“Today was another good day of competition for us,” said head coach Jennifer Hyde. “We had a tiebreaker in doubles which came down to the wire, and three of our four singles matches going to three sets. I feel like mentally, maybe even a bit more so than physically, today was a critical day for the girls. We got over some mental barriers, and there is so much confidence that can come from finding success as you get through those mental battles. That is what I am most proud of today, and I think that speaks a lot to the toughness of our team.”
Freshman Lucie Prochazkova began the day at the Bedford Cup, with a two-set win against Marisa Ruiz of FAU, 6-3. 7-6(2). Prochazkova will be playing in the consolation finals tomorrow against Vicky Geurinckx of Stetson.
“Lucie had a solid win in singles and doubles,” said Sanchez-Canamares Rios. “She is facing situations completely new for her but she knows what it takes to win and did it perfectly.”
Sophomore Gabby Goldin fell to Sophia Perez of Florida Gulf Coast, 7-5, 6-2, in the semifinals. Goldin will be taking on Alejandra Vidal of Bethune Cookman in the third-place match of flight five.
“Goldin learned a lot from today’s competition,” said Sanchez-Canamares Rios. “Her emotions had her go through hard situations, but there is no doubt of the kind of player she is and tomorrow she has another opportunity to compete at her highest level.”
Senior Gabby Castaneda got her first singles win of the fall against Ioana Minca from FIU, 6-4, 6-2. Castaneda will take on Jessica Cortes of USF tomorrow in the consolation finals of flight two.
“Gabby is getting better each day and today she is one step closer to reach her level after a win,” said Sanchez-Canamares Rios.
In doubles, Castaneda and Goldin fell to Rafaela Gomez and Luise Inert of North Florida, 6-4. Prochazkova and partner Emilia Granstrom lost in the semifinals as well. The two pairs will take on each other in the third-place match on Sunday.
“It was a long day of tennis at the Bedford Cup where the girls competed very well from the first to the last match,” said assistant coach Jaime Sanchez-Canamares Rios. “We were lucky the rain moved away from us and we finished all of our matches.”
Play at the Bedford Cup will begin at 9 a.m. ET and the Wildcat Invitational will begin at 10 a.m. ET on Sunday.
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