Coral Gables, FL – The FSU women’s tennis team continued its three-week road trip facing its fourth straight ranked opponent and third straight opponent ranked in the top 20. Friday afternoon the Noles were in Coral Gables where they came up short versus No. 12 Miami 6-1. Petra Hule, the nation’s 16th-ranked singles player, recorded her sixth-straight ranked victory in singles for the Noles.
“It is really tough to come out in a competition already starting with a huge deficit,” said FSU Head Coach Jen Hyde. “We are playing through these injuries to get people healthy. The girls are doing an incredible job of battling right now. It’s not coming at this second for everybody but you can get a feel and a sense things are coming for this team. It’s taken a minute due to the injuries and everything we are playing through but that’s what the season gives us sometimes. We have to stay tough and keep pumping.
“Credit to Miami they were a little better in really challenging windy conditions today. We had our chances. It was a really good match that we were in from the start to the finish, doubles and singles even with the big deficit we faced going into the match. I’m proud of the team and the fight we showed today. Big things are ahead for this team. We have to take this one and keep working to get a full lineup put together. In the meantime we have to keep pushing and that’s the name of the game at this point. With the deficits we have entering these matches the challenges are bolder and bigger that we face but the girls did a great job staying in that match.”
With injuries once again forcing the Seminoles to play short-handed, FSU was unable to upset either of the two ranked doubles teams they faced after starting out down 0-1 although Petra Hule and Anna Arkadianou came close. On court one, the FSU pair fell just shy of defeating the nation’s No. 16 pair falling 4-6.
Facing a 0-2 deficit heading into singles, the Seminoles faced ranked opponents on courts 1-3. On court one, Hule continued her dominance. The Australian downed the nation’s No. 58 singles player 6-4, 7-5 recording her fourth top 60 win of the season. On court two, Vic Allen almost pulled off the second ranked win on the day for FSU falling in a third-set tiebreaker.
“Another great performance by Pep taking down yet another ranked player on court one,” said Jen Hyde. “She has been as good as we could have hoped in that top spot in the lineup and we are excited about the way she is playing and competing.”
The Seminoles are back in action Sunday at 10:30 am when they travel to Fort Myers to take on Florida Gulf Coast. For the most up-to-date information on the Seminole Women’s Tennis program, please follow us on social at FSUWTennis (IG) and @FSU_WTennis (TW) and log on to Seminoles.com.