TALLAHASSEE – The Florida State women’s tennis team defeated FGCU 6-1 to win its season opener Friday afternoon.
“It’s always great to start with a win,” head coach Jennifer Hyde said. “We hadn’t played in a few weeks since the fall season wound down, so we needed to get out and play some tennis. We got a good push today from FGCU. They did a great job of pushing us in a lot of spots, which was exactly what we needed, and we responded well. We have the first check in the win column under our belts.”
Florida State took an early 1-0 lead by sweeping the doubles point. Kianah Motosono and Ellie Schoppe had a dominating 6-0 victory at No. 2. Millie Bissett and Olympe Lancelot earned a 6-4 win at No. 3 and Anna Arkadianou and Vic Allen completed the sweep with a 6-3 final at No. 1.
Schoppe and Allen quickly extended the lead to 3-0 with straight-set wins at No. 5 and No. 4, respectively. Schoppe claimed a 6-0, 6-4 victory while Allen won 6-0, 7-5 to bring the Seminoles to the brink of clinching the match. Senior Mila Saric gained the deciding point with a 6-0, 7-6 (6) win at No. 2.
“I liked how we jumped out to three quick 6-0, really relentless first sets in singles,” Hyde said. “We were persistent, which was really good. That was nice to see. Getting the doubles point with some big leads was really important. We played some new partnerships trying to figure out our lineup, and it was nice to see all of them get a win today. It’s important right now to build confidence.”
Arkadianou extended the team’s lead with a 6-3, 7-5 win at No. 1. She was followed by redshirt sophomore Alice Amendola who claimed another win for the Noles by finishing off a 7-6 (4), 6-3 win at No. 6.
Florida State returns to action Sunday with a doubleheader, hosting Mercer at 10 a.m. and FAMU at 2 p.m. Admission to matches at the Scott Speicher Memorial Tennis Center is free. Live stats will be available on Seminoles.com.
Florida State 6, FGCU 1
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