TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The No. 22/20 Florida State women’s tennis team (9-5) lost their second straight match, this time at home to No. 46 NC State, 4-3.
The Seminoles fell down early in doubles after a loss on court two but rebounded to tie the doubles point up with a big win on court one. The duo for junior Ariana Rahmanparast and sophomore Carla Touly combined to take down NC State’s No. 13 doubles pair. Touly and Rahmanparast were way down in the beginning but kept chipping away at their 3-1 deficit. The pair fought back from down 5-4 to tie it up at 6-6. In the tiebreaker, the Florida State duo prevailed and took court one and their first ranked doubles win of the season 7-4. That was not enough though as the Wolfpack took court three and the doubles point.
“We had our chances in doubles,” said head coach Jennifer Hyde. “We had a pretty solid lead on court three. We dug ourselves into a few holes but we did a good job in getting out of them.”
In singles, NC State took a 2-0 advantage after winning on court five. Touly got another big win on the day, this time in singles to bring the match within one. She earned her second ranked win of the season, this time against No. 51 Anna Rogers. Carla took the first set 7-5 after being down 3-0 and went on to dominate the second set leading it 4-0 before finishing off her opponent 6-2.
“I am proud of Carla for getting another ranked win,” said Hyde. “It is one of many that she has gotten and that she will continue to get.”
The Wolfpack went on to win courts six and two to clinch the match and break sophomore Andrea Garcia’s nine-match win streak and perfect 9-0 record in the spring. The Seminoles did not lay down, down 4-1. They fought on courts three and four, winning both matches in three sets. Sophomore Nandini Das was down a set after losing the first 6-4 but fought back to take the second 6-3. In the third set, she fell down early 3-0 but showed grit in fighting back to take set three 6-3. Senior Gabby Castaneda did the same on court four. She won the first set 6-2 but lost the second set 6-4. Just like Das she went down 3-0 in set three but was able to fight back and take the match 6-3 in the third.
“I was glad to see Gabby and Nandini fight themselves through some tough conditions,” said Hyde. “You always expect matches to go the distance and they did a good job of hanging around and taking care of their courts.”
“We have a quick turnaround against the number one team in the country on Sunday. Every match is on an even playing field for the rest of the season and the matches will go to whoever competes the hardest that day. We have a big opportunity against No. 1 North Carolina Sunday and we will be ready for it.”
The Seminoles will be back on court this Sunday at 12 p.m. against No. 1 North Carolina. If there is inclement weather the match will be played at the FSU Indoor Courts at 10 a.m.
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Tennis Match Results
NC State vs Florida State University
Mar 12, 2018 at Tallahassee, Fla.
(Scott Speicher Tennis Center)
#46 NC State 4, #22 Florida State University 3
1. #54 Carla Touly (FS) def. #51 Anna Rogers (ST) 7-5, 6-2
2. Adriana Reami (ST) def. Petra Hule (FS) 6-4, 7-6 (11-9)
3. Nandini Das (FS) def. Claudia Wiktorin (ST) 4-6, 6-3, 6-3
4. Gabriella Castaneda (FS) def. Bianca Moldovan (ST) 6-2, 4-6, 6-3
5. Taylor Bridges (ST) def. Ariana Rahmanparast (FS) 6-4, 6-3
6. Tayla Stenta (ST) def. Andrea Garcia (FS) 6-4, 6-1
1. Carla Touly/Ariana Rahmanparast (FS) def. #13 Anna Rogers/Claudia Wiktorin (ST) 7-6 (7-4)
2. Adriana Reami/Amanda Rebol (ST) def. #53 Petra Hule/Andrea Garcia (FS) 6-4
3. Bianca Moldovan/Tayla Stenta (ST) def. Nandini Das/Gabriella Castaneda (FS) 7-6 (7-4)
NC State 9-8; National ranking #46
Florida State University 9-5; National ranking #22
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1,3); Singles (5,1,6,2,3,4)