WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – After upsetting the University of Florida in the round of 32 the Florida State women’s tennis team (20-8) are poised to make their second ever appearance in the Sweet 16 and first since 2010. The Seminoles take on Tulsa Thursday, May 17th at 4 p.m. on at the Wake Forest Tennis Center in a match-up of two unseeded teams. Due to the possibility of rain, the match may be moved to UNC’s indoor courts and will be played at 5 p.m.
Florida State earned a trip to Winston-Salem after taking care of North Florida and the University of Florida in the Gainesville Regional. The Seminoles took down UNF 4-0, which squared them off against their in-state rivals in the second round. With their backs against the wall down 3-1, the Seminoles came back to win with victories on courts three, four and six; sending them to the Sweet 16.
The Garnet and Gold are matched up against the Hurricane of Tulsa as the only two unseeded teams to make it to this year’s final site.
Tulsa is 23-5 on the season including six wins over ranked opponents and a Conference USA championship. The Hurricane were unbeaten in the C-USA leading to their third conference championship in four seasons.
The Hurricane are led by their lone senior Ksenia Laskutova on court one. Laskutova is ranked 80th in the latest ITA rankings and is 24-7 this season with an 18-4 dual match record and a 17-4 record on court one. Laskutova is 5-4 on the season against ranked opponents. Laskutova is joined at the top of the lineup by 112th ranked Martina Okalova on court two. She is 20-7 on the year with a 13-4 dual match record and an 11-4 record on court two. Okalova is 2-3 against ranked opponents.
This will be Florida State’s first ever match up against the Tulsa Hurricane.
With a win on Thursday the Seminoles will match up against the winner of Miami and Vanderbilt on Saturday, two teams they played earlier in the season.
Numbers to Note
3 Ranking of Florida when Florida State defeated them on Feb. 3 was tied for the highest ranked win in program history.
6 Six different Seminoles have clinched a match this season led by sophomore Andrea Garcia who has clinched seven.
16 Sophomore Andrea Garcia leads the team in doubles wins with 16 wins this season.
19 Sophomore Andrea Garcia leads the team in singles wins with 19 wins this season.
Garcia opened the season with a nine dual match win streak and has won her last seven. Hule has won her last 10.
19 Touly is ranked 19th in the latest ITA player rankings. Her career high ranking is 18.
21 Florida State is ranked No. 21 in the latest Oracle/ITA Rankings. They have now been ranked for 11 straight weeks.
29 Newcomers Petra Hule and Carla Touly have combined for a 29-11 record across the No. 1, 2 and 3 positions this season.
122 The Seminoles have outscored their opponents 122-51 in their first 28 matches of the year.
122 Freshman Petra Hule comes in ranked No. 122. Her career high ranking is 93.
216 Head coach Jennifer Hyde is the all-time winningest women’s tennis coach in Florida State history with 216 wins. She earned her 200th win after beating FAU 6-1.
Noles in the Polls
In the latest ITA poll, Florida State comes in at No. 21. The Seminoles also have two ranked singles players and two ranked Doubles pairs. The duo of sophomore Andrea Garcia and freshman Petra Hule are ranked No. 44 and the pair of Carla Touly and Ariana Rahmanparast are ranked No. 56. Touly is ranked No. 19 in singles while Hule is ranked No. 122 in this week’s Oracle/ITA rankings.
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