“The freshmen did a great job in their first match getting out to a 6-1 lead,” head coach Jennifer Hyde said. “They had a lot of energy and did a good job finishing.”
They then fell to the pair of Alabama’s Smith Hinton and UCF’s Elizabeth Bagerbaseh, 8-2 to split doubles matches.
Senior Daniela Schippers and sophomore Ariana Rahmaparast also split their doubles matches, losing to Simran Sethi and Melane Stripp of Oklahoma 8-4 before downing USF’s Vanja Klaric and Nicole Dzenga 8-4.
In singles play, the Seminoles overcame a slow start to finish 4-0 on the day.
“We did a fantastic job of making some adjustments,” Hyde said. “One of the things I love is that they found a way to get it done- I was really proud of their effort.”
Sophomore Julia Mikulski defeated Wisconsin’s Maria Avgerinos in three sets 4-6, 6-2, 6-4. Das won 7-6(3), 6-1 over Oklahoma’s Julia Bryne, while Garcia defeated Grambeau 2-6, 6-4, 6-0.
Schippers wrapped the day for the Noles with a clean 6-2, 6-3 win over Michelle Linden of Wisconsin.
Oklahoma (Big 12), Alabama (SEC), Wisconsin (Big Ten), Clemson (ACC), UCF and USF (American) travelled to take on the Seminoles, representing five premier athletics conferences from around the nation for this inaugural tournament.
Play will continue on Saturday with one round each of singles and doubles, with a final round of singles on Sunday. Play will begin Saturday morning at 10:00 a.m.
Draws can be found on the tournament page on Seminoles.com.
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