PITTSBURGH, Pa. – The Florida State women’s tennis team (10-8, 3-5 ACC) powered past the Pittsburgh Panthers (3-8, 0-7 ACC) 4-1 at the Alpha Fitness and Tennis Center. The Seminoles started out strong, taking the doubles point for the 12th time this year as freshman Nandini Das and sophomore Ariana Rahmanparast downed Audrey Ann Blakely/Clara Lucas 6-3 on court two and sophomore Julia Mikulski and freshman Andrea Garcia clinched the point by defeating Amber Washington/Callie Frey 6-4 on court one.
In singles play, the Noles would keep the momentum going strong, as Rahmanparast defeated Clara Lucas 6-2, 6-0 on court five. Mikulski, ranked No. 103 in singles, followed with a 6-2, 6-2 victory over Gabriela Rezende on court three to give Florida State a 3-0 lead.
Junior Gabriella Castaneda would fall on court one to Washington 5-7, 2-6, but Garcia quickly answered by defeating Natsumi Okamoto 6-2, 6-4 on court six to earn the win and clinch the match for the Seminoles.
When the Seminoles clinched the victory, senior Daniela Schippers was leading Frey 6-3, 5-3 on court four. Das was mounting a comeback 3-6, 6-2 to force a third set on court two when the match was clinched.
The win is the Seminoles’ second consecutive ACC victory on the road following Friday’s 4-0 shutout victory at Louisville.
Florida State head coach Jennifer Hyde:
“Any time you go on the road for ACC matches, coming home with two wins on the weekend is a great thing. On Friday we played outside on slower courts in 25 mile-per-hour winds, then turned around today and played indoors on faster courts, and it was a complete non-issue for the girls. We adapted well, we competed hard, and never let Pitt find a way into the match.”
“Getting the doubles point was once again a momentum grabber for us, and we did a fantastic job of finishing and playing complete matches today. This weekend is exactly what this team needed heading into our next matches. We face Boston College on the road Friday, then back home Sunday against Syracuse.”
The Seminoles are now riding a two-match ACC win streak, both on the road, following the win over Pitt. The Noles shut out Louisville 4-0 on Friday.
Florida State remains undefeated all-time against the Pittsburgh Panthers, holding a 5-0 record after the win on Sunday.
With her eighth singles victory of the season, Ariana Rahmanparast is now tied with Nandini Das for the team lead in singles wins.
Doubles has been a strong point for the Seminoles, winning 12 such points this season. Castaneda and Schippers remain 7-0 on the season as a doubles pair.
Das and Rahmanparast lead the team with 10 doubles wins on the year.
The Seminoles travel on Friday to Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts to face ACC opponent Boston College (8-8, 3-5 ACC) at 10:00 am. The Noles defeated the Eagles 6-1 last year in Tallahassee to improve the all-time record to 11-2 in favor of Florida State.
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Florida State 4, Pitt 1
1. Amber Washington (UP) def. Gabriella Castaneda (FS) 7-5, 6-2
2. Audrey Ann Blakely (UP) vs. Nandini Das (FS) 6-3, 2-6, unfinished
3. #103 Julia Mikulski (FS) def. Gabriela Rezende (UP) 6-2, 6-2
4. Callie Frey (UP) vs. Daniela Schippers (FS) 3-6, 3-5, unfinished
5. Ariana Rahmanparast (FS) def. Clara Lucas (UP) 6-2, 6-0
6. Andrea Garcia (FS) def. Natsumi Okamoto (UP) 6-2, 6-4
1. Julia Mikulski/Andrea Garcia (FS) def. Amber Washington/Callie Frey (UP) 6-4
2. Nandini Das/Ariana Rahmanparast (FS) def. Audrey Ann Blakely/Clara Lucas (UP) 6-3
3. Gabriella Castaneda/Daniela Schippers (FS) def. Gabriela Rezende/Natsumi Okamoto (UP) 5-4
Florida State 10-8, 3-5 ACC
Pitt 3-8, 0-7 ACC
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1); Singles (5,3,1,6)