TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The No. 50 Florida State women’s tennis team (11-8, 4-5 ACC) roared back from down 2-0 to outlast the Boston College Eagles (8-9, 3-6 ACC) and win 5-2 on Friday at the Flynn Recreation Complex in a match that lasted over five hours. All five of Florida State’s points came in hard-fought, three-set matches. After falling behind, the Noles got the points they had to have and showed resiliency and composure in the 5-2 victory.
“I am immensely proud of the toughness that the girls showed today,” Florida State head coach Jennifer Hyde said. “To play three five-set matches and pull out all five of them, I think that says a lot about the guts of this team.”
In doubles play, the Seminoles did not get off to their usual solid start, dropping the doubles point to the Eagles.
In singles, the Seminoles came out swinging and won the first set on courts two and four. The match was tense from the start and that continued throughout as courts two, three, four, five and six each went to a third set.
Only court one was resolved in two sets, as junior Gabriella Castaneda fell 6-4, 6-3 to Asiya Dair of BC.
On court three, No. 103 sophomore Julia Mikulski dropped the first set to BC’s Dasha Possokhova but fought back to win 4-6, 6-1, 6-4 to put the Seminoles on the board, trailing 2-1.
Freshman Nandini Das and senior Daniela Schippers each took the first set to pull out in front, but each went to third sets of their own.
On court two, Das faced off with Lexi Borr of Boston College, and after dropping the second set came back to win 6-2, 2-6, 6-2 to draw the Noles even with the Eagles at 2-2.
As Florida State took the momentum from the home team, Schippers capitalized to win 6-3, 3-6, 7-5 over Kylie Wilcox, the reigning ACC Player of the Week, to give the Seminoles a 3-2 lead.
With only four courts at the indoor Flynn Recreation Complex, courts five and six were played following the conclusions of matches on courts one and three.
“There were a lot of elements that they had to adjust to, and the girls were so tough,” Hyde said. “They knew they were going to have to go the distance today, and they did exactly that and I just couldn’t be any more proud of the effort to come in here today and beat a very good BC team.”
With the lead in hand and the added pressure of playing after the other courts, freshman Andrea Garcia and sophomore Ariana Rahmanparast each began their respective singles matches needing just one court to clinch the victory.
Garcia went to a first set tiebreak against BC’s Emily Safron but dropped the set 7-6(3), while Rahmanparast also dropped the first set to Elene Tsokilauri 6-4.
Both would rebound to force deciding third sets, needing just one point to clinch the victory.
Rahmanparast fought to take a 3-0 lead in the third set and did not waiver, clinching the match with a 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 win on court five.
Not to be outdone, Garcia did the same, winning 5-7, 6-3, 6-4 to give the Seminoles a resounding 5-2 comeback victory over Boston College.
“I knew coming into this that it was going to be on Andrea and I (playing last with a chance to clinch),” Rahmanparast said. “Getting the opportunity to clinch is always great.”
Rahmanparast previously clinched a 5-2 home victory over NC State on March 5.
All but one singles court went a third set in the match, the most of any match FSU has played this season.
The nationally-ranked Seminoles close out this road trip with a 3-0 record, winning by a combined score of 13-3 over Louisville, Pittsburgh, and Boston College.
With the win, Florida State is now 12-2 all-time against Boston College.
Castaneda and Schippers improved their doubles record to 10-0 on the season after a 6-2 victory over BC’s Elene Tsokilauri/Asiya Dair.
Das and Rahmanparast lead the team with nine singles victories each after both earning third set victories on Friday.
The Seminoles return home from a three-match road stand to face the Syracuse Orange on Sunday at noon at the Scott Speicher Tennis Center. The Seminoles are looking to avenge a 6-1 defeat at the hands of the Orange last season that evened the all-time record at 2-2.
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Florida State 5, Boston College 2
1. Asiya Dair (BC) def. Gabriella Castaneda (FS) 6-4, 6-3
2. Nandini Das (FS) def. Lexi Borr (BC) 6-3, 3-6, 6-3
3. Julia Mikulski (FS) def. Dasha Possokhova (BC) 4-6, 6-1, 6-4
4. Daniela Schippers (FS) def. Kylie Wilcox (BC) 6-3, 4-6, 7-5
5. Andrea Garcia (FS) def. Emily Safron (BC) 6-7, 6-3, 6-4
6. Ariana Rahmanparast (FS) def. Elene Tsokilauri (BC) 4-6, 6-4, 6-3
1. Kylie Wilcox/Dasha Possokhova (BC) def. Andrea Garcia/Julia Mikulski (FS) 6-3
2. Lexi Borr/Jackie Urbinati (BC) def. Nandini Das/Ariana Rahmanparast (FS) 6-4
3. Gabriella Castaneda/Daniela Schippers (FS) def. Elene Tsokilauri/Asiya Dair (BC) 6-2
Florida State 11-8 (4-5)
Boston College women’s tennis 8-9 (3-6 ACC)
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (1,3,2,4,6,5)