BLACKSBURG, Va. – The No. 42 Florida State women’s tennis team (15-10, 7-7 ACC) rebounded from Friday’s loss to defeat the Virginia Tech Hokies (11-12, 4-10 ACC) 4-3 on Sunday afternoon to end the 2017 regular season and enter the ACC Championship on a high note. For the second time in as many weeks, senior Daniela Schippers clinched a pivotal conference victory for the Noles.
With the match tied at 3-3, Schippers recovered from down a set to defeat Tech’s Caroline Daxhelet 3-6, 6-3, 6-2 on court four to clinch the thrilling 4-3 Florida State win.
“In singles we knew it was going to come down to the very end,” Schippers said. “I had a slow start, but as soon as I noticed that it was going to come down to my match I just stepped up my game.”
Much like last match against Virginia, the Seminoles were able to jump out to a 1-0 lead by taking the doubles point.
Julia Mikulski/Andrea Garcia earned a strong ranked win over No. 61 Caroline Daxhelet/Francesca Fusinato, and Ariana Rahmanparast/Nandini Das defeated Natalie Novotna/Elena Cerezo-Codina 6-2 to clinch the point. Schippers and Gabriella Castaneda suffered their first doubles loss of the season, a 6-4 defeat at the hands of VT’s Sansitha Nandakumar/Luisa Uscocovich on court three.
Garcia was first off court for the Seminoles in singles play, sweeping Nandakumar 6-1, 6-1 on court five to give FSU a 2-0 lead.
No. 109 Mikulski fell to Cerezo-Codina on court three, but Rahmanparast put Florida State up 3-1 with a 6-3, 6-3 straight set victory over Katherine Butler on court six.
The Hokies were able to come back and get wins on courts one and two, which knotted the score at 3-3 with Schippers and Daxhelet headed to third set on court four. Schippers went up 4-1 in the deciding set and put Daxhelet away 3-6, 6-3, 6-2 to clinch the Seminole victory.
“Dany continues to like to have the weight on her shoulders,” Florida State head coach Jennifer Hyde said. “The match went exactly how we thought it was going to go and Dany was unbelievably poised and relentless against a very good player for VT. I am very happy for Dany to carry the moment for this team in a pivotal match for the season.”
This resilient Noles team fell in a very similar match on Friday night, losing 4-3 at Virginia with the final and deciding court going to a third set, and used that experience to their advantage on Sunday.
“It was pretty heartbreaking (losing 4-3 to Virginia) on Friday,” Schippers said. “I couldn’t get my singles win there, and I just didn’t want a repeat of that. We wanted to put ourselves in a good position to end the regular season.”
No. 9 Seed in ACC Championship
With the regular season now complete, the brackets for the 2017 ACC Women’s Tennis Championship are set. The nine-seeded Seminoles will face the eight-seeded Virginia Cavaliers on Thursday April 27 at 1:00 p.m. in a rematch of Friday’s loss.
“We are ecstatic about the draw in the ACC Championship, getting a chance to redeem ourselves from such a close match with UVA,” Hyde said after the release of the bracket.
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#42 Florida State 4, Virginia Tech 3
1. #102 Francesca Fusinato (VT) def. Gabriella Castaneda (FS) 6-4, 6-2
2. #84 Natalie Novotna (VT) def. Nandini Das (FS) 6-4, 6-2
3. Elena Cerezo-Codina (VT) def. #109 Julia Mikulski (FS) 6-1, 6-2
4. Daniela Schippers (FS) def. Caroline Daxhelet (VT) 3-6, 6-3, 6-2
5. Andrea Garcia (FS) def. Sansitha Nandakumar (VT) 6-1, 6-1
6. Ariana Rahmanparast (FS) def. Katherine Butler (VT) 6-3, 6-3
1. Julia Mikulski/Andrea Garcia (FS) def. #61 Caroline Daxhelet/Francesca Fusinato (VT) 6-2
2. Nandini Das/Ariana Rahmanparast (FS) def. Natalie Novotna/Elena Cerezo-Codina (VT) 6-2
3. Sansitha Nandakumar/Luisa Uscocovich (VT) def. Gabriella Castaneda/Daniela Schippers (FS) 6-4
Florida State 15-10, 7-7 ACC; National ranking #42
Virginia Tech 11-12, 4-10 ACC
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3,2); Singles (5,3,6,1,2,4)