Charlottesville, Va. – The No. 4 ranked Florida State women’s tennis team (14-3, 3-1) takes down No. 10 Virginia (10-5, 4-3) 4-3 in dramatic fashion. Due to injury, the Seminoles turned to freshman Victoria Allen and Alice Amendola to get the job done after the team was left to play without their No. 1 singles player.
The Seminoles got off to a 1-0 lead after taking the doubles point but at the cost of losing their No. 1 singles player in junior Emmanuelle Salas due to an injury. Virginia earned the win on court two as Salas and freshman Sasha Hill were forced to retire the match at 5-2.
Despite having to forfeit on court two, FSU dialed in their focus to clinch the doubles point and take the lead. The 11th ranked doubles pair of junior Petra Hule and freshman Victoria Allen cruised to a 6-3 victory on one. The senior duo of Nandini Das and Andrea Garcia showed their maturity by getting the job done on court three 6-4 to clinch the doubles point.
The Garnet and Gold got off to an unusual start in singles as the team was forced to switch up their entire lineup. The Seminoles had to move everyone up a court and bring in freshman Alice Amendola on court six who has only played in one dual match all season. With the Noles getting familiarized in their new roles the Cavaliers tied the match up early in singles with a 6-3, 6-0 win on court four.
Das quickly responded with an impressive 6-3, 6-2 win on two against UVA’s No. 47 Rosie Johanson. Once again, Virginia didn’t back down as they won two straight with wins on court one and five to take a 3-2 lead.
With the match on the line, it all came down to two freshmen in Allen and Amendola to clinch the match over a top-10 opponent on the road. On court six, Amendola battled to take the first set in a tiebreaker 7-6 (7-2). She was down 2-5 in the second set but fought back to win five straight games and take the final set 7-5.
With the match now tied at three, the Seminoles once again turned to a freshman to step up and get the job done on court three. No. 80 ranked Allen lost the first set 7-5 but rebounded to easily take the second set 6-3. In the third set, Allen came in clutch and fought off four match points late in the set to win 7-5 and clinch the match for Florida State.
Florida State heads back home to Tallahassee, Fla. to continue ACC play on March 15th where they will once again take on Georgia Tech at 1 p.m.
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#4 Florida State University 4, #10 Virginia 3
Florida State University 14-3, 3-1 ACC; National ranking #4
Virginia 10-5, 4-3 ACC; National ranking #10
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1,3); Singles (4,2,1,5,6,3)