TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The No. 47 Florida State women’s tennis team (14-8, 6-5 ACC) extended their winning streak to six matches with shutout victories over both the No. 28 Notre Dame Fighting Irish (16-6, 7-6 ACC) and the Florida A&M Rattlers on Thursday at the Scott Speicher Tennis Center. Senior Daniela Schippers, playing in the final home weekend of her career, clinched the impressive victory over the Irish with a 6-2, 6-2 straight set win over Notre Dame’s Zoe Spence.
“It’s just an amazing feeling for me in the last home weekend and it’s super special to have been able to clinch with these girls,” Schippers said. “I’m going to miss playing on these courts and I really wanted it to be a special moment.”
The Seminoles got off to an exceptionally fast start and won the doubles point for the 15th time this season.
“Today was a really good day,” head coach Jennifer Hyde said. “The girls were ready, they were relentless, they were one hundred percent prepared and they came out here and dominated from doubles on.”
Schippers and junior Gabriella Castaneda wasted no time taking down Notre Dame’s Brooke Broda/Allison Miller 6-2 on court three.
The Noles were up through both matches on courts one and two, but Mary Closs/Monica Robinson forced a tiebreak with sophomore Julia Mikulski and freshman Andrea Garcia on court one. Mikulski and Garcia, who seem to thrive in tiebreak situations, did not surrender a point en route to the 7-6(0) clinch of the doubles point.
Much like in doubles, Florida State jumped out in front in singles play, taking the first sets on courts one, four, five, and six.
Garcia was the first to get off the court, taking down Mary Closs 6-2, 6-0 in just over half an hour.
With a 2-0 lead and first set wins on four courts, the Seminoles had full control of the match as sophomore Ariana Rahmanparast defeated Notre Dame’s Rachel Chong 6-1, 6-4 on court three to give Florida State all the momentum and all but seal the match.
In a race between Castaneda and Schippers, it was the senior who was able to clinch the match first. The Guatemala City, Guatemala native defeated Spence in straight sets to clinch the shutout victory for the Seminoles.
“The girls fought really hard- we’ve been working really hard for this moment for a long time now,” Schippers said. “I think that this is the best time to be going up (as a team).”
The match was the third nationally-televised match of the season for Florida State, following February 21 at Miami and a 4-0 win at Louisville.
The shutout victories on the day were the sixth and seventh matches this season in which the Seminoles did not allow the other team to record a point.
Following the dominant win over Notre Dame, the Seminoles welcomed the Florida A&M Rattlers to the Speicher courts at 8:00 p.m. The match began with singles and was played to clinch, as the the Noles took the match going away 5-0 to win six consecutive matches for the first time since the 2011 dual match season.
With the two dominant victories today, the Seminoles have put themselves in an excellent position with just two weekends left to play in the regular season.
Senior Day on Sunday
Next up, the nationally-ranked Seminoles host the No. 46 Clemson Tigers (9-10, 4-6 ACC) on Sunday at 12:00 p.m. Before the Clemson match, senior Daniela Schippers will be recognized with the anthem of her native country of Guatemala as part of Senior Day festivities.
Fans can follow along with the Clemson match on Sunday with live stats here: http://stats.statbroadcast.com/statmonitr/?id=173592
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