Tallahassee, Fla. – After securing a pair of highly-touted recruits for next season, the Florida State women’s tennis team ranked 14th in the TennisRecruiting.net recruiting rankings released Monday. The ranking is the highest for the Seminoles since TennisRecruiting announced its first rankings in 2006.
In November, Florida State signed Nandini Das and Mary Haffey for the 2016-17 season.
“We’re excited about getting both girls on campus and working with them this coming season,” head coach Jennifer Hyde said. “We think they’ll be a valuable addition to our program.”
Das, from Mumbai, India, has played at the IMG Academy in Bradenton for six years under the leadership of Nick Bollettieri. She has ranked as high as No. 261 in the ITF junior rankings, winning junior titles in Puerto Rico and Guatemala. After an injury in 2014, she currently ranks No. 333 in the world.
Haffey, from Naples, Fla. and the brother of current Florida State junior Jack Haffey, has ranked as high as No. 185 in the ITF junior rankings. She won the Easter Bowl doubles title in 2014 and a junior title in Peru that same year. Haffey chose Florida State over offers from North Carolina, Alabama, and Georgia.
Florida State is one of nine ACC programs ranked in the Top 25. LSU received the top spot in the standings for the first time in school history.
About the TennisRecruiting.net Rankings:
TennisRecruiting.net has enlisted the aid of junior tennis experts from around the country to vote for the top classes.
Each of our panelists submitted his/her take on the Top 25 recruiting classes. Schools received 25 points for each first-place vote, 24 points for each second-place vote, on down to 1 point for each 25th-place vote. The panelists did not consider incoming transfer students in their voting – and also did not consider players that started college in January.
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In the second round matchup with host No. 11 Auburn, the Seminoles came up just short despite leading late in the match, but this season was one for the record books for such a young, promising team.
In the fall season, freshmen Nandini Das and Andrea Garcia, who would start every match on the year, got their first taste of college tennis at the Furman Classic. The team played in an ITF tournament at Hilton Head, S.C. and in the prestigious Bedford Cup competition the following week, where Schippers and the pair of Das and sophomore Ariana Rahmanparast claimed consolation doubles titles in their respective flights.
In November, Florida State hosted the first-ever Seminole All-Conference Showdown, hosting schools from five major conferences from around the country. Schippers, Garcia, and Das claimed singles titles on the weekend to give the Noles three of four possible singles flight victories to wrap the fall season.
In the spring, two more freshmen entered the fold in French international Carla Touly and Gabrielle Goldin, a walk-on from Bradenton. Goldin saw action in six matches on the season, including a clinching victory over FAMU in her first career appearance in Garnet & Gold.
A fixture at the No. 2 spot and even playing at No. 1 at times throughout the year, Das figures to provide a strong one-two punch at the top of the lineup next season, while Garcia became a key player on court five, winning eight of nine matches to close out the regular season.
After an incredible showing in doubles, all three Seminole doubles teams appeared in the final ITA rankings –Garcia/Mikulski are ranked No. 65, Schippers/Castaneda come in at No. 81, and Das/Rahmaparast are tabbed at No. 82 in the nation. 2017 marks the first season in program history that all three doubles teams finish the season in the ITA poll.
As a team, the year-end ranking of 30 in the country is the highest final ranking since the 2013 season, when the Seminoles ended the season at No. 21 nationally.
Against North Carolina, sophomore Julia Mikulski took down the No. 4 player in the nation in three sets. The win catapulted the Essen, Germany native into the ITA singles rankings, where she stayed for the rest of the regular season and into the ACC tournament, topping out at No. 103 in the country.
Coming Out Strong
The Seminoles return all but one player from this year’s NCAA tournament team and with the addition of another strong recruiting class, Coach Hyde has the Florida State program primed for future NCAA Championship success.
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