LOUSIVILE, KY. – The No. 18 Florida State women’s tennis team (18-7, 9-5 ACC) took down Louisville (13-12, 3-11 ACC) 4-0 to cap off the regular season. The Seminoles finished the season on a seven-match winning streak and will be the five seed in next week’s ACC tournament.
“I’m very pleased with how the team performed today,” said head coach Jennifer Hyde. “We know that Louisville is a scrappy team, but we did another great job of getting our teeth into matches and staying there.”
The day got started with the Seminoles seventh straight doubles point. Sophomore Carla Touly and junior Ariana Rahmanparast were off the court first with a 6-4 win on court one. They were followed up by junior Julia Mikulski and sophomore Andrea Garcia on court two who won their match 6-3. Senior Gabby Castaneda and freshman Petra Hule were up 5-4 and were not able to finish.
“Doubles was a tone-setter again today, and we made some very solid adjustments early that put us and kept us in the driver’s seat,” said Hyde.
In singles, Florida State dominated the Cardinals on courts one, two and five. Hule was the first one off with a 7-5, 6-4 win on court two for her 16th win of the spring. Touly followed her up with a 7-5, 6-2 win on court one. She was down early before winning the last three games to take the first set. She earned her 12th win of the season on court four. Rahamanparast clinched the match with a 7-5, 6-1 win on court five.
Courts three, four and six were not able to finish as the match was played to clinch. On court three Castaneda lost the first set in a tiebreaker and was tied 5-5 in the second. Sophomore Nandini Das lost her first set but won the second to force a third set that was not completed. Garcia won the first set and lost the second but was not able to complete her third set as well.
“To finish the regular season going 6-0 in our last six matches says a lot about the current trajectory of this team, and at just at the right time,” said Hyde. “We are excited for 9 a.m. Thursday to kick off the postseason as we begin our journey to the ACC Championship. It’s a quick turnaround, but we are pumped to get up to the ACC’s and get busy.”
Florida State will be back on the court next Thursday at 9 a.m. in Cary, N.C. as they begin play in the ACC Tournament. The Seminoles will take on the winner of the Louisville and Virginia Tech match that is played on Wednesday.
#18 Florida State University 4, Louisville 0
1. #18 Carla Touly (FS) def. Aleksandra Mally (LOU) 7-5, 6-2
2. #92 Petra Hule (FS) def. Mariana Humberg (LOU) 7-5, 6-4
3. Abbie Pahz (LOU) vs. Gabriella Castaneda (FS) 6-7 (3-7), 5-5, unfinished
4. Tiffany Huber (LOU) vs. Nandini Das (FS) 6-3, 4-6, 0-1, unfinished
5. Ariana Rahmanparast (FS) def. Maya Smith (LOU) 7-5, 6-1
6. Sena Suswam (LOU) vs. Andrea Garcia (FS) 6-3, 2-6, 1-3, unfinished
1. #73 Carla Touly/Ariana Rahmanparast (FS) def. #45 Abbie Pahz/Mariana Humberg (LOU) 6-4
2. Julia Mikulski/Andrea Garcia (FS) def. Sena Suswam/Maya Smith (LOU) 6-3
3. Ariana Rodriguez/Aleksandra Mally (LOU) vs. Gabriella Castaneda/Petra Hule (FS) 5-4, unfinished
Florida State University 18-7, 9-5; National ranking #18
Louisville 13-12, 3-11
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2); Singles (2,1,5)