Tallahassee, FL – The ninth-ranked FSU women’s tennis team opened its dual match season Tuesday night with an impressive 6-1 win over in-state foe USF. The Seminoles (1-0) clinched the win early by taking four singles points in straight sets. FSU’s only loss came in a third-set tiebreaker.
“It was awesome to get out there and compete again, this time as a team and for the first time since March of last year,” said FSU Head Coach Jen Hyde. “It was tons of fun to get a couple of our doubles teams back together against a really good USF team. It was their first match as well and it was good to see our girls get their teeth into their matches and stay there and do what they needed to do. It is just awesome to compete and see different jerseys on the other side of the net.”
Victoria Allen and Petra Hule, the nation’s seventh-ranked doubles team, cruised to a 6-1 win to open the game and the Seminoles clinched the first point when the No. 50 doubles pairing of Giulia Pairone and Emmanuelle Salas closed out their match by a 6-3 score. The wins moved Allen and Hule to 1-0 in doubles this year and Pairone and Salas to 2-0.
In singles, it was court five and six that staked the Seminoles to a 3-0 lead as Andrea Garcia was first off after a 6-1, 6-1 win and Alice Amendola secured the 3-0 FSU lead with a 6-2, 6-2 victory. Pairone, who came into the match ranked No. 27, secured the win by once again closing strong, taking her match 6-3, 6-0.
With the win secured, Petra Hule added to the Seminoles’ margin after a furious comeback. Hule dropped the first set 6-3 but won the second 6-4 and then took the tiebreaker 10-4 to improve to 2-0 on the season. FSU’s sixth and final point came from No. 92 Nandini Das who also won in straight sets, beating her opponent 6-2, 6-4.
The Seminoles will look to get outdoors for the first time this season on Saturday with a doubleheader scheduled. The women will host Old Dominion at noon and then Troy at 5:00 p.m. Attendance will be limited to 116 fans at the Scott Speicher Memorial Tennis Center.
“We have big matches coming up against Old Dominion and Troy this weekend,” said Hyde. “Old Dominion is a very good team and they are going to be top 20 by the end of the season. We have some things to straighten up this week and clean up. Once we get that taken care of, we’ll be excited to get right back to it Saturday.”
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