CARY, N.C. – The No. 17 Florida State women’s tennis team (18-7, 9-5 ACC) heads into the postseason coming off one their best regular seasons in recent years. They begin play in the ACC Tournament Thursday, April 26th at 9 a.m. against Virginia Tech.
The Seminoles have recorded their most wins in the regular season since 1999. Under then-coach Lisa Gregory the Seminoles won 20 matches that regular season. The Garnet and Gold have also accumulated the most ACC wins in a season in school history with nine.
The Seminoles have outscored their ACC opponents by a combined score of 61-33 and have recorded three shutout wins (7-0 vs. Pitt, 7-0 vs. Virginia Tech and 4-0 vs. Louisville). Florida State heads into the ACC Tournament riding a season-high seven-match win streak that includes wins over six ACC opponents.
Second Round Match:
The Seminoles lead the all-time series against Virginia Tech 18-3 including a 7-0 win by Florida State earlier this season. Under head coach Jennifer Hyde the Seminoles have defeated the Hokies 13 times including seven shutout wins. In their 14 meetings under coach Hyde, Florida State has outscored Virginia Tech 76-20. The Hokies are led by No. 71 Natalie Novotna on court one. She holds a 15-9 record with all her matches on court one and has amassed a 6-9 record against ranked opponents. Novotna won her first match of the tournament with a 6-0, 6-1 win on court one against Louisville in the first round.
Florida State is 1-0 against Virginia Tech in the ACC tournament with the lone win coming in 2012 when the Seminoles took down the Hokies 4-0 in the first round.
With a win in the second round the Seminoles are guaranteed a rematch against their in-state rival, No. 15 University of Miami. Florida State fell to Miami in Lake Nona 5-2 with their two wins coming from freshman Petra Hule and sophomore Andrea Garcia on courts two and six.
Miami comes into this match leading the all-time series against Florida State 29-6. A win against Miami will mark the fourth win against the Hurricanes since coach Hyde has been at the helm at FSU. Florida State is tied 2-2 in neutral matches against the Hurricanes under Hyde, winning both matches in the ACC tournament.
Miami is led by sophomore No. 3 Estela Perez-Samarriba. She has played all season at the No. 1 position and has gone 19-1, defeating 11 ranked opponents. Senior and No. 64 Sinead Lohan has led the Hurricanes on court two and has gone 14-5 on that court. The Hurricanes doubles attack is led by the No. 45 doubles pair of Ana Madcur and Etela Perez-Somarriba. The duo is 4-3 this spring with all of their matches on court one. They are 1-0 against ranked teams and 1-1 in the ACC.
Saturday and Sunday’s semifinals and finals matches will be streamed live on the ACC Network Extra. Shawn Kenney will be doing play-by-play with former Duke Tennis Star Prim Siripipat doing the Analysis. The pair will be joined by Melanie Newman on the sideline.
Thursday, April 26th 9:00 a.m. Virginia Tech
Friday, April 27th 9:00 a.m. Miami (Quarterfinal)
Saturday, April 28th 10:00 a.m. Semifinal*
Sunday, April 29th 10:00 a.m. Championship*
*Indicates match on ACC Network Extra
FSU Lineup (spring record)
1 – Carla Touly (13-6) 1 – Touly/Rahmanparast (12-6)
2 – Petra Hule (16-5)
3 – Gabby Castaneda (10-8) 2 – Garcia/Mikulski (6-1)
4 – Nandini Das (8-4)
5 – Julia Mikulski () 3 – Castaneda/Hule (6-0)
6 – Ariana Rahmaparast (13-5)
7 – Andrea Garcia (16-3) 4 – Porchazkova/Goldin (1-0)
8 – Lucie Prochazkova (3-0)
9 – Gabby Goldin (3-1)
Noles in the Polls
In the latest ITA poll, Florida State comes in at No. 17. In the USTA top-25, Florida State comes in at No. 16. The Seminoles also have two ranked singles players and two ranked Doubles pairs. The duo of sophomore Andrea Garcia and freshman Petra Hule are ranked No. 54 and the pair of Carla Touly and Ariana Rahmanparast are ranked No. 49. Touly is ranked No. 19 in singles while Hule is ranked No. 102 in this week’s Oracle/ITA rankings.
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