Tallahassee, FL – The 20th-ranked FSU women’s tennis team staged a valiant come-from-behind effort Sunday afternoon. The Seminoles (6-3, 1-1) fell behind No. 47 Georgia Tech 3-0 before fighting back to even the match at 3-3. The decisive point went to a third set but FSU was unable to complete the comeback falling 4-3.
“That was a heck of a dogfight of a college tennis match today,” said FSU Head Coach Jen Hyde. “We are abundantly proud of how hard our squad fought and literally came up one point short today. Those types of matches are sometimes really hard to swallow but we know we were right there and put ourselves in position to win. We are so proud of how we battled until the end today. We came up just shy of a win but the progress is definitely there across the board. The effort and the fight we saw was excellent.”
Taking on two doubles teams in the top 20 proved was a tall task for the Seminoles who dropped the opening point for just the third time in nine matches. The Yellow Jackets No. 16 and No. 18 doubles teams won on courts one and two with the pairing of Olympe Lancelot and Anna Arkadianou winning on court three.
Once singles got underway, the Yellow Jackets took court two to go up 2-0 and then court three for a 3-0 advantage. Kianah Motosono put the Seminoles on the board taking her match on court six 6-4, 6-2. As she has done all season, Petra Hule recorded another point on court one. The Seminoles’ top line singles player moved to 8-0 in duals recording her second-ranked win beating the nation’s 72nd-ranked player 6-4, 6-4.
Olympe Lancelot got the Seminoles all the way back evening the match at 3-3 with a 7-5, 7-6 (8-6) win on court five. That set the stage for a decisive court four battle that went to three sets but in favor of Georgia Tech.
“We have to reset quickly,” said Hyde. “We hit the road next weekend to continue ACC play. It is going to be a challenge all semester because our conference is one of the best in the country. We are looking forward to resting up and getting back to work. We will put it all on the line again next weekend.”
The Seminoles continue ACC play on the road next weekend versus NC State and Wake Forest. For the most up-to-date information on the Seminole Women’s Tennis program, please follow us on social at FSUWTennis (IG) and @FSU_WTennis (TW) and log on to Seminoles.com.