TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – After coming off a big win over Florida the No. 21 ranked Florida State women’s tennis team came home for the first time this spring and grabbed wins over Florida Atlantic (6-1) and Mercer (4-0). Head Coach Jennifer Hyde also earned her 200th victory at Florida State with the win over FAU.
“It was really nice to be back home and play our first matches of the season on our own courts,” said Hyde. “It was great to see president Thrasher and his wife come out and support our girls.”
The Seminoles got off to a good start in doubles against FAU, claiming an early lead on courts two and three. Senior Gabby Castaneda and sophomore Nandini Das were the first to finish in doubles as they grabbed their second win together this spring with a 6-3 win on court three. Sophomore Carla Touly and junior Ariana Rahmanparast earned their team-leading third doubles win together of the spring in a 6-3 win on court two. Freshman Petra Hule and sophomore Andrea Garcia wrapped up doubles play with a 7-5 win on court one.
In singles the Garnet and Gold hopped out to an early lead, winning four of the six first sets. Touly fell in straight sets to FAU’s No. 4 ranked player, Aliona Bolsova. The Seminoles bounced back and took the remaining five courts. On court four Rahmaparast earned the Seminoles first singles win with a 6-2, 6-0 straight set win. Castaneda quickly followed with a 6-2, 6-2 win.
With the remaining three courts heading to third sets, Florida State held a 3-1 lead. Garcia earned her second straight match-clinching point on court six with a three-set comeback. She lost the first set 2-6 but came back to win sets two and three 6-4, 6-0. Hule quickly followed with a three-set win of her own, 6-3, 1-6, 6-4. Junior Julia Mikulski finished off the Owls with a 6-2, 3-6, 6-2 win on court five.
“A couple of spots got on and off pretty quickly and we knew there were going to be a couple of matches that were going to go pretty deep,” said Hyde. “This past week after the Florida win we trained harder than we had all semester. The next two weeks are going to continue to be like this as we prepare for the next round of matches that are ahead of use”
In the second match of the day, the Garnet and Gold picked up where they left off. They got out quickly with a 6-0 win on court three from sophomore Gabby Goldin and freshman Lucie Prochazkova. Touly and Rahmanparast followed that up with a 6-3 win on court two for the Seminoles sixth doubles point of the season.
Florida State made quick work in singles as well with Porchazkova starting things off with her first singles win of the spring on court five 6-3, 6-0. Castaneda followed that up with her fourth win of the spring after a 6-2, 6-1 win on court three. Goldin earned her first match-clinching point on court six to give the Noles a 4-0 win over Mercer.
“We did a great job of doing exactly what we needed to do all day today,” said Hyde. “I was happy with how we came out. We came out a little quieter in doubles than what we are used to seeing but managed our emotions and our level to be exactly what was needed.”
“I am proud of their effort and how they came out today. Now it is time to focus on recovery and getting back to it at the beginning of next week and get focused on what we have ahead.”
The Seminoles are back on the court next weekend, February 17th, as they take on Air Force during the military appreciation match that is highlighted by the unveiling of the Scott Speicher memorial in front of the tennis center. Florida State will also take on Georgia Southern that Saturday.
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Tennis Match Results Florida Atlantic vs Florida State University Feb 10, 2018 at Tallahassee, Fla. (Scott Speicher Tennis Center)
#21 Florida State University 6, Florida Atlantic 1
1. #4 Aliona Bolsova (FAUW) def. #90 Carla Touly (FS) 6-0, 6-3
2. Petra Hule (FS) def. Natalia Boltinskaya (FAUW) 6-3, 1-6, 6-4
3. Gabriella Castaneda (FS) def. Kristen Thoms (FAUW) 6-2, 6-2
4. Ariana Rahmanparast (FS) def. Ja’Cara Gillis (FAUW) 6-2, 6-0
5. Julia Mikulski (FS) def. Marisa Ruiz (FAUW) 6-2, 3-6, 6-2
6. Andrea Garcia (FS) def. Naiya Oden (FAUW) 2-6, 6-4, 6-0
1. #50 Petra Hule/Andrea Garcia (FS) def. Aliona Bolsova/Jemi Aguilar (FAUW) 7-5
2. Carla Touly/Ariana Rahmanparast (FS) def. Kristen Thoms/Marisa Ruiz (FAUW) 6-3
3. Gabriella Castaneda/Nandini Das (FS) def. Natalia Boltinskaya/Ja’Cara Gillis (FAUW) 6-3
Florida State University 4-2; National ranking #21
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (1,4,3,6,2,5)
#21 Florida State University 4, Mercer 0
1. Petra Hule (FS) vs. Celine Schepers (MER-W) 3-6, 3-2, unfinished
2. Nandini Das (FS) vs. Grace Korta (MER-W) 6-2, 3-2, unfinished
3. Gabriella Castaneda (FS) def. Katie Sidor (MER-W) 6-2, 6-1
4. Andrea Garcia (FS) vs. Marie Mottet (MER-W) 6-4, 2-3, unfinished
5. Lucie Prochazkova (FS) def. Christie Cesarini (MER-W) 6-3, 6-0
6. Gabrielle Goldin (FS) def. Maeva Roquebert (MER-W) 6-1, 6-2
1. #50 Petra Hule/Andrea Garcia (FS) vs. Celine Schepers/Grace Korta (MER-W) 5-3, unfinished
2. Carla Touly/Ariana Rahmanparast (FS) def. Katie Sidor/Marie Mottet (MER-W) 6-3
3. Gabrielle Goldin/Lucie Prochazkova (FS) def. Christie Cesarini/Maeva Roquebert (MER-W) 6-0
Florida State University 5-2; National ranking #21
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2); Singles (5,3,6)