Honolulu, Hawai’i – The No. 16 ranked Florida State women’s tennis team (1-0) starts their season off with a thrilling 4-3 victory over No. 14 Washington Huskies (4-1) at the UH Tennis Complex.
“What a way to kick off the spring season,” said head coach Jennifer Hyde. ”That match was an absolute dogfight on both ends of the net from start to finish. Today took a complete team effort with everyone contributing at certain spots during the day and that’s what it takes to be successful in college tennis. As individual as this sport is, at the end of the day the team effort is what gets those big wins. I am just so proud of that team effort for our first match of the year. Everyone had a hand in that win and for that to be our first win of the season coming against a very talented and competitive No. 14 Washington team is just really impressive by our squad.”
Junior Petra Hule and freshman Victoria Allen got things started in doubles, cruising to a quick 6-0 win on court two. The Huskies fought back with a win of their own on court one (6-3). Junior Emmanuelle Salas and freshman Sasha Hill responded with a 6-4 victory on court three to capture the doubles point for FSU.
In singles, the Garnet and Gold jumped out to take four first sets on courts one, three, five, and six. Allen took advantage of her first set win and got the job done on court five 6-3, 6-3. UW responded on courts one and four to tie the match at 2-2.
Senior Nandini Das didn’t let the Huskies lead for long as she dominated to a 6-3, 6-4 win on court three. With FSU now up 3-2 in the match, senior Andrea Garcia headed into the third set on court six with the opportunity to clinch the upset victory for Florida State. The set was tied 4-4 but Garcia proved resilient as she led the Noles to victory defeating Washington’s Weil 6-4.
“We are going to enjoy this win for a couple of hours because getting big wins like this is really tough to do, so we want to celebrate every second that we can,” said Hyde. “We also know that there is a lot of room for growth and maturation both individually and as a team. That starts with having a repeat performance tomorrow against a very hungry and ready Hawaii team. Our focus needs to quickly shift to recovery, hydration and getting our heads right for the next battle tomorrow morning before we head back home. “
Florida State has a quick turnaround as they take on the host Hawai’i tomorrow morning at 10:00 a.m. (HT).
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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