HONOLULU, Hawai’i. – The Florida State women’s tennis team (1-0) earned their first win of the season in Hawai’i with a 7-0 shutout of Utah (0-1).
“It was a pretty good start to the season,” said head coach Jennifer Hyde. “It felt like the girls did a really good job of controlling things in singles. Doubles was pretty good.”
The Seminoles started the day with a big doubles win against the Utes. The Noles trailed 1-2 on all three courts. They were able to fight back and win two of the three courts to earn the doubles point and take a 1-0 lead.
On court one, junior Julia Mikulski and sophomore Andrea Garcia trailed 3-5 but fought to take a 6-5 lead before heading into a tiebreaker. The Seminole duo defeated the No. 60 ranked Utah pair of Brianna Turley and Margo Pletcher in the tiebreaker 7-1.
The Utes tied it up on court three as they defeated senior Gabby Castaneda and junior Ariana Rahmanparast 6-4.
The Garnet and Gold clinched the doubles point on court two as sophomore Carla Touly and freshman Petra Hule battled from being down 2-3 to win the match 6-4.
“You are always going to have tight matches when you are playing six games sets in doubles so you don’t ever expect it to be anything but close,” said Hyde. “We held on pretty well and we fought back from some deficits to get the doubles point, which is pretty critical and always will be.”
The Noles got off to a hot start in singles, winning the first set on five of the six courts which eventually lead to a Seminole Sweep of singles.
Garcia got things started for Florida State as she quickly earned a 6-1, 6-2 victory on court six. Mikulski quickly followed breezing through her opponent on court four 6-3, 6-1, giving the Seminoles a 3-0 match lead.
Touly, in her first singles match as a Seminole after a year wait, made it a good one. She clinched the match for the Garnet and Gold. In the first set, she was down 4-0 but stormed back to take the set 7-5 and then the second set 6-4.
“It feels great,” said Touly. “I was a little bit tired at the beginning and the end, but I did it. I am really glad that everyone won, it makes it a perfect day.”
Already with the match in hand, Florida State continued the sweep with Hule giving the Noles a 5-0 advantage after a straight-set win on court three, 6-3, 6-2.
Castaneda and Rahmanparast finished off the Utes, both in third set 10 point tiebreakers. Castaneda won 10-3 and Rahmanparast won 10-6 in the third set.
“We did a great job of controlling every court in singles,” said Hyde. “We had a few mental lapses here and there, but all and all I think we played pretty clean today. We will definitely be using the next two day of match play to get sharper with what is ahead. We competed unbelievably well as a team and that is going to be something we see from this team. They are hardcore competitors and it is fun to be a part of that and watch them out there grinding it out.”
Florida State continues to play in Hawai’i on Saturday and Sunday in the Rainbow Wahine Invitational. Play begins at 4 p.m. ET on Saturday and 5 p.m. ET on Sunday.
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Tennis Match Results
Utah vs Florida State University
Jan 12, 2018 at Honolulu Hawai’i
(UH Tennis Complex)
Florida State University 7, Utah 0
Florida State University 0-0
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3,1); Singles (6,4,2,3,1,5)