Honolulu, Hawai’i – The No. 16 Florida State women’s tennis team pulls out the win over Hawai’i after battling to a 5-2 victory on Saturday. The Seminoles improve to 2-0 on the season after their win against the Rainbow Wahine at the UH Tennis Complex.
“To walk out of this weekend 2-0 feels very good heading into ITA Kick-Off back in Tallahassee next weekend,” said head coach Jennifer Hyde. “Today’s 5-2 win over a very dangerous Hawai’i team was equally as difficult given the quick turnaround from beating Washington less than 24 hours before. The girls did a brilliant job of completing another team effort to get the W’s. We went out to Hawaii knowing very well that this was a business trip for us, but we were able to have some fun along the way as well. To do that and be able to be so successful in our competitions as well, gets us really fired up for this season. The win today against Hawai’i backing up yesterday’s significant win was so great to see. The girls didn’t take their foot off the gas pedal and they knew the importance of the week.”
The Garnet and Gold jumped out of the gate hot in doubles to earn the first point of the day. First to finish was court three where junior Emmanuelle Salas and freshman Sasha Hill defeated UH’s Satsuki Takamura and Michelle Pits 6-2. While junior Petra Hule and freshman Victoria Allen clinched the point on court two following a 6-2 decision over Hawai’i’s Rebecca Ehn and Bojana Markovic.
The battle began as the Noles and Bows split singles first sets 3-3. Senior Andrea Garcia gave the Seminoles their second team point after making quick work of UH’s Lea Romain 6-2, 6-2 on court six. Hawai’i earned a point on the board with a win on court one resulting in a team score of 2-1 with FSU still in the lead.
The Bows tied it up with a win at court five, but Florida State quickly regained the lead as senior Nandini Das stepped up to take court three 6-4, 6-3. With the Seminoles now leading 3-2, Salas and Hill continued their battles on courts two and four as they headed into third sets.
Salas took care of business defeating No. 91 Bojana Markovic (UH) 4-6, 6-1, 6-3 to win the match for Florida State. After clinching the match Hill would go on to complete the win with a 7-5, 1-6, 6-4 victory on court two.
“We are leaving a better team and knowing the things we have to work on,” said Hyde. “I am very proud of all of the girls in setting the tone for what’s going to be the next 5 months of a grind of a season. I’m glad they get to reap the rewards of their commitment to getting the job done this week. Now it’s time to recover and prepare for two huge matches coming up this weekend at home.”
The Garnet and Gold will now travel back to Tallahassee, Fla. as they host ITA Kick-Off Weekend at the Scott Speicher Memorial Tennis Center starting on Friday (Jan. 24).
Noles in the Polls
In the latest Oracle/ITA poll, Florida State comes in at No. 16. The Seminoles also have one ranked doubles pair in junior Emmanuelle Salas and freshman Victoria Allen, who come into the season ranked No. 14 in the nation.
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#16 Florida State University 5, Hawaii 2
1. Petra Melounova (UH) def. Petra Hule (FS) 6-0, 6-2
2. Emmanuelle Salas (FS) def. #91 Bojana Markovic (UH) 4-6, 6-1, 6-3
3. Nandini Das (FS) def. #103 Satsuki Takamura (UH) 6-4, 6-3
4. Sasha Hill (FS) def. Michelle Pits (UH) 7-5, 1-6, 6-4
5. Nikola Dolakova (UH) def. Victoria Allen (FS) 6-3, 6-3
6. Andrea Garcia (FS) def. Lea Romain (UH) 6-2, 6-2
1. Petra Melounova/Nikola Dolakova (UH) vs. Nandini Das/Andrea Garcia (FS) 4-5, unfinished
2. Petra Hule/Victoria Allen (FS) def. Rebecca Ehn/Bojana Markovic (UH) 6-2
3. Sasha Hill/Emmanuelle Salas (FS) def. Satsuki Takamura/Michelle Pits (UH) 6-2