Tallahassee, Fla. – The No. 4 Florida State women’s tennis team (9-1) remained unbeaten at home after they hosted their military appreciation match on Saturday against Air Force in which they celebrate Head Coach Jennifer Hyde’s 300th career win. The Noles first took Down Air-Force Academy (4-4) 7-0 and finished off the day with a 7-0 win over Florida A&M (0-9).
“It’s a pretty cool milestone to get to, there are just so many people that went into those 300 wins and I am just so proud to be able to earn that at Florida State, on our home court,” said Head Coach Jennifer Hyde about her 300th career win.
“We took care of our work today, and we did what we needed to do to earn those two wins today,” said Hyde. “It was a long day for these girls but fortunately we took care of business in a timely manner, I was happy with the effort. Now we will get our bodies recovered and ready for our first ACC match against Miami down in Coral Gables.”
Air Force Academy
The Seminoles began the day by making quick work on courts two and three in doubles. Junior Emmanuelle Salas and freshman Alice Amendola got the first Florida State win as they took down their opponent 6-2 on court three. Not too long after, the senior duo of Nandini Das and Andrea Garcia won on court two 6-3 to clinch the doubles point.
The Garnet and Gold continued their hot play in singles as they went on to win all six courts. Freshman Victoria Allen gave the Seminoles a 2-0 lead over the Falcons as she dominated 6-0, 7-5 on court four. Junior Petra Hule extended the lead to three as she took care of her opponent on court two 6-0, 6-3. Garcia clinched the match on court five as she took down Sydney Fitch in straight sets 6-2, 6-2.
The Seminoles continued playing out the rest of the courts as freshman Mira Stegmann earned her first singles victory of the 2020 season on court six 3-6, 6-3, 10-1. She was followed up by No. 86 ranked Das who grabbed a 6-0, 7-5 victory on three. Salas completed the 7-0 sweep for the Noles on court one with a 6-2, 6-6 (7-5).
Florida State took care of business in doubles as they went 3-0 against Florida A&M defeating the Rattlers 6-2 on courts two and three. Das and Allen won for the first time as a doubles pair on court one 6-3 as the Noles headed into singles with a 1-0 lead.
The Garnet and Gold clinched the match quickly as they earned wins on courts one, five, and six. Amendola finished first on court six earning her first singles win as a Florida State Seminole 6-1, 6-0. Fellow freshman Mira Stegmann quickly followed with a 6-2, 6-0 win on court five. Salas clinched the match in dominating fashion on court one as she won 6-1, 6-2 in straight sets.
Hule gave the Noles a 5-0 lead after winning 6-1, 6-3 on court two. The two seniors No. 86 Das and Garcia closed out the day for the Seminoles by completing their second 7-0 sweep of the day with a 6-4, 6-1 win on court three and 6-3, 6-2 victory on court four.
Florida State will once again have a quick turnaround as they start ACC play on the road Monday (Feb. 17) against Miami.
Noles in the Polls
In the latest Oracle/ITA poll, Florida State comes in at No. 4, which is the highest ranking in program history. Their highest ranking before this was earlier this year at No. 9 on January 29, 2020.
The Seminoles have one ranked singles player in senior Nandini Das, who was ranked No. 86 in the latest Oracle/ITA poll. Along with two ranked doubles pairs in No. 15 junior Petra Hule and freshman Victoria Allen, and No. 16 ranked junior Emmanuelle Salas and Allen.
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#4 Florida State University 7, Air Force 0
Air Force 4-3
Florida State University 8-1; National ranking #4
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (4,2,5,6,3,1)
#4 Florida State University 7, FLORIDA A&M 0
FLORIDA A&M 0-9
Florida State University 9-1; National ranking #4
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3,1); Singles (6,5,1,2,3,4)