April 1, 2022 - by

Hule In Record Territory As W. Tennis Plays Host To Tulane

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) – The No. 40 ranked Florida State Women’s Tennis team, which moved up an incredible 19 positions in the ITA Rankings after impressive showings last weekend against No. 10 Duke and No. 1 North Carolina, plays host to  Tulane on April 2 at Noon at the Scott Speicher Tennis Complex.  The Seminoles have won three of their last five matches including their win over No. 10 Duke on March 25 on their home courts.

Florida State’s match against Tulane is its first against the Green Wave since the 2016 season when the Seminoles took a 6-1 win over the Green Wave.  The Seminoles hold a 9-4 series advantage over Tulane in a series that began during the 1982 season.

Tulane enters Saturday’s game with a 10-6 record and have won three consecutive games against Nicholls (March 23, 4-0), New Orleans (March 23, 3-0) and the University of North Texas (March 26, 5-2).

“We are excited to get back on court here at home against a very good Tulane team,” said Head Coach Jen Hyde.  “We are coming off a weekend of some very solid performances, and a wonderful celebration of FSU Women’s Tennis this week at our Night at the Net fundraiser.  It’s time to get back to work and continue with the business at hand.

“April starts a new season (of sorts), and it’s time to keep pushing for our best performances on Gamedays.  I hope our fans will continue to get behind this program and show up for us on Saturday.”

Florida State is led by senior Petra Hule who enters Saturday’s match against Tulane ranked as the No. 15 player in the ITA rankings.  She was named as the ACC Co-Player of the Year on March 28 for the first time in her career following victories over No. 20 Georgia Drummy of Duke and No. 12 Cameron Mora of North Carolina.  Her singles victories led the Seminoles to a split of their matches with a victory over No. 10 Duke and a close loss to No. 1 North Carolina.

Hule enters Saturday’s match against Tulane with a 15-1 overall dual match record.  Her record includes a nearly unblemished 7-1 record in ACC play.  After winning her first 12 matches of the spring season, she enters the Seminoles’ match against Tulane having won three straight and 14 of her last 15 singles matches on court No. 1.  Hule’s 12-match winning streak from January 23 (against Mercer) through March 13 (against Florida Gulf Coast) is tied for the 12th longest single winning streak in school history.

Hule and her teammates enjoying playing at Speicher and play well in front of their home crowd.  The Seminoles have won seven of their 10 matches at home this spring.

“When you have the crowd behind you it makes you realize you’re a part of something bigger than yourself.  It certainly means more when our fans are cheering you on and calling your name as if you’re family.”

Hule is tied for ninth in school history with 87 career singles victories.  She is ranked fourth in school history with a combined 188 wins (87, singles and 101, doubles).  The program record for total career wins is 206 by Andrea Garcia (2017-21).

Hule and her partner Anna Arkadianou have won four of their last six doubles matches will playing from position No. 1.  The pair has a 6-3 record in doubles play this spring.

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