ROME, Ga. (seminoles.com) – Florida State senior Lesedi Jacobs defeated Notre Dame’s Carrie Beckman, 6-4, 6-2, on court 4 to propel the No. 38 ranked Seminoles to a 4-0 victory over No. 42 ranked Notre Dame in the second round of the ACC Women’s Tennis Championship at the Rome Tennis Center. Florida State (the No. 8 seed in the championship) won the doubles point to take an early 1-0 lead, then received singles wins by No. 6 Petra Hule on court 1, junior Vic Allen on court 3 and Jacobs to gain the win over the Fighting Irish (the No. 9 seed in the championship).
Florida State will meet No. 1 ranked and No. 1 seeded North Carolina on Friday at 3:30 in the quarterfinals of the championship.
Jacobs played extremely well in winning her fourth consecutive singles match. She took control of the match in the first set and powered through the two-set match to gain the victory. Jacob’s game clinching point marked the second time this season she has won the decisive point against Notre Dame. She closed out the Seminoles’ 4-3 win over Notre Dame on April 10 as she won the final point of her match.
“It’s always a great feeling being the one to clinch,” said Jacobs. “I’m proud of my team for getting the job done to advance to tomorrow.”
Florida State won the doubles point to take the important 1-0 lead as the duos of #54 Petra Hule and Anna Arkadianou along with Vic Allen and Kianah Motosono won their matches. The Seminoles won the final two doubles decisions after Notre Dame’s Carrie Beckman and Nibedita Ghosh won the first of the three doubles matches contested.
Florida State senior Petra Hule, the No. 6 ranked singles player in the nation, won her ninth consecutive match with a 6-3, 6-4 win over No. 87 Page Freeman of Notre Dame. It marked Hule’s second consecutive win over Freeman after gaining the victory over Freeman when the two teams met during the regular season.
Hule is now 20-1 on the season in singles play this spring. She enters Friday’s match against North Carolina with 199 career wins (95 in singles and 104 in doubles) and needs only one win to move into sole possession of second place in school history for total wins. With two wins against Notre Dame, She moved into a second place tie with Lauren McCreless (2007-10) who also won 199 career matches (103 in singles and 96 in doubles). The all-time school record for career wins is held by Andrea Garcia (2017-21) who won 206 career matches (100 in singles and 106 in doubles).
Allen won the second singles point of the afternoon for the Seminoles with a 6-3, 6-2 win over Notre Dame’s Yashna Yellayi.
Hule, Allen and Kianah Motosono were double winners against Notre Dame with victories in both singles and doubles in Florida State’s victory over Notre Dame.
“What a great team effort today,” said Head Coach Jen Hyde. “We came out very focused, very driven, and very determined. Notre Dame is a very good team, but we really didn’t give them much space to breath today, starting from doubles and carrying in to the end of singles. We competed so well across every court today, and the effort was complete. We performed as well today as a unit as we have the entire season, and what a great time to bring that. Great job by our squad.
“The focus turns very quickly now to the #1 seed and #1 ranked team in the nation, UNC, who we play next for a birth in to the ACC Semifinals.”
1. #6 Petra Hule (FSU) def. #87 Page Freeman (ND), 6-3, 6-4
2. Anna Arkadianou (FSU) vs. #105 Julia Andreach (ND), 3-6, 1-5 (UF)
3. Vic Allen (FSU) def. Yashna Yellayi (ND), 6-3, 6-2
4. Lesedi Jacobs (FSU) def. Carrie Beckman (ND), 6-4, 6-2
5. Kianah Motosono (FSU) vs. Nibedita Ghosh (ND), 4-6, 6-2 (UF)
6. Olympe Lancelot (FSU) vs. Maria Olivia Castedo (ND), 6-7 (UF)
1. #54 Petra Hule/Anna Arkadianou (FSU) def. #20 Page Freeman/Maria Olivia Castedo, 6-4
2. Vic Allen/Kianah Motosono (FSU) def. Julia Andreach/Yashna Yellayi (ND), 6-4
3. Carrie Beckman/Nibedita Ghosh (ND) def. Lesedi Jacobs/Olympe Lancelot (FSU), 6-1