TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The 15th ranked Florida State women’s tennis team (3-0, 0-0) took down No. 20 UCF (2-1) 5-2 to remain unbeaten in the early 2019 season.
“That was very much like we expected it to be,” said head coach Jennifer Hyde. “That is a very good team that is not going to lose a lot of matches this year. They are very talented and very deep but so are we. We played big points well today. We were very poised and composed even when we were not quite firing like we usually do. I loved the poised and I loved the no back down attitude we had up and down the line.”
The Noles captured the first doubles win on court three as senior Ariana Rahmanparast and junior Nandini Das seized court 6-4. UCF tied it up on court one with a 6-4 win of their own. Court two was back and forth as the Noles took an early 2-1 lead. The Knights tied it up at 3-3 before junior Carla Touly and sophomore Petra Hule jumped out to a 5-3 lead before finishing off their opponent 7-5 to clinch the doubles point.
“It was very exciting doubles to start the match. We had some chances to end it early but at this point in the season you do not expect things to come easy and we had to work harder for that one.”
Rahmanparast gave the Garnet and Gold a quick 2-0 lead as she dominated her opponent on court five 6-2, 6-1. Sophomore Emmanuelle Salas gave the Seminoles an insurmountable lead as she took court three 6-4, 6-1.
UCF grabbed their first point on court four 6-1, 7-5, but Florida State bounced back to clinch the match as junior Andrea Garcia earned a 6-4, 6-4 win on court six.
With the match already clinched, senior Ana Oparenovic earned a 6-3, 7-5 win on court two. The match ended with the Noles winning 5-2 after Touly fell on court one for her first loss of the season.
“Jumping out to five first set leads feeds confidence to the girls,” said Hyde. “Against a team like UCF that is very powerful to have that on your side. It was a good battle and what we expected. The outcome was exactly what we were hoping for. That was a hard-earned win for us. There is no doubt today we got better but we still have a long way to go.”
Florida State will be back in action next Friday as they take on Tennessee at 4 pm at home to begin ITA Kick-off weekend.
#15 Florida State University 5, #20 UCF 2
UCF 2-1; National ranking #20
Florida State University 3-0; National ranking #15
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (5,3,4,6,2,1)