GREENVILLE, S.C. – The Florida State women’s tennis team got their fall season started on Friday with all eight student-athletes in competition at the Debbie Southern Fall Classic.
The day started with two rounds of doubles play, with four Seminole doubles pairs competing in three different draws.
“This event is probably stronger than most, if not all non-national events this fall, and that is exactly what we were hoping for this weekend,” said head coach Jennifer Hyde. “It’s so good to be back out in a competitive setting with this team and it was a good day of getting back into pressure situations and uncomfortable and challenging moments. These exact situations were experienced by everyone today. In the fall season, it’s all about the opportunity for getting better from those moments.”
In doubles flight one, the Florida State duo of Carla Touly and Emmanuelle Salas kicked off their fall season with an 8-7 (7-3) win over Meyer/Rosca of Vanderbilt. This was their first doubles win as a pair in the first fall competition as a Seminoles for both of them. The Duo lost in the second round 8-5 to Fukunda/Boulain of Ohio State and will take on the Texas Pair of Granix/Markovic tomorrow at 9 a.m. to finish up doubles play.
Sophomore Petra Hule teamed up with senior transfer Ana Oparenovic in doubles flight two. The pair lost 8-2 in the first round to Cline/Chinellato of Texas. The Seminole duo bounced back in the second round to take down Spasojeciv/Labrana of Texas, 8-4. They will play Furman’s Weymouth/Vines tomorrow at 9 a.m. to finish up their doubles play.
In doubles flight 3 senior Julia Mikulski and junior Andrea Garcia lost their first match 8-7 (7-5) to Smith/Campana of Vanderbilt, but they too bounced back to take their second match over Furman’s Walker/Adams 8-3. The Florida State Duo will play South Carolina’s Davies/Rohrabacher tomorrow to wrap up doubles play.
In the same doubles flight senior Ariana Rahmanparast and junior Nandini Das earned a first-round win over Mississippi State’s Lizariturry/Racine 8-3. They advanced again in the second round with an 8-6 win over Wake Forest’s Ulyashchenko/Pesavento. Rahmanparast and Das will complete doubles play tomorrow at 9 a.m. as they take on Georgia Tech’s Deminova/Flores in the flight three finals.
Friday was wrapped up with one round of singles. Das earned her first singles win of the fall with a 6-3, 6-4 win over Rachel Rohrabacher of South Carolina. She was joined in the win’s column by Mikulski who won 6-2, 6-3 over Katie Poluta of Texas.
The Seminoles will be back on the court at the Debbie Southern Fall Classic tomorrow as play begins at 9 a.m.
“I’m very excited for day two tomorrow, where we again have some big match-ups set for both singles and doubles,” said Hyde.
Follow Florida State women’s tennis on Twitter (@FSU_WTennis), Instagram (@fsuwtennis) and like our Facebook page (Facebook.com/FSU.WTennis) to keep up to date with everything about Seminole women’s tennis.