Tallahassee, FL – The Top 10 showdown in Tallahassee featuring two of the ACC’s top teams lived up to the hype. It started out with the Seminole Sound, moved to a thrilling doubles point, and then saw FSU jump out to a 3-0 lead before the match was tied up in a blink of an eye, only to see the Seminoles clinch the win just minutes later. The victory moved #6 FSU to 14-3 and 9-2 in the ACC as the Seminoles defeated their highest-ranked opponent this season.
“It was a great atmosphere at the start today, having Seminole Sound band members here for the National Anthem, War Chant and FSU Fight Song,” said FSU head coach Jen Hyde. “We can’t thank them enough for getting behind our program today!
“Today was just a great team win. We had some tough slow starts but we found a way to hang around and turn things in our favor. Every ACC match is such a battle, and getting to four points each time we go out there is a huge accomplishment. I can’t say enough about the fight and persistence of this group.”
The showdown couldn’t have started in a more apt way with a highly contested doubles point. After Virginia jumped out to a 1-0 lead, Giulia Pairone and Petra Hule upset the nation’s No. 52 doubles pair 6-2 to even it up at 1-1. The clincher came down to a ranked battle between FSU’s No. 12 pair of Andrea Garcia and Nandini Das and the nation’s No. 42 ranked doubles side for Virginia. The point hinged on a tiebreaker that Das and Garcia won 7-3 to stake the Noles to a 1-0 advantage.
As seems to be the case in most matches, Garcia was first off with another win. The senior is now at 198 career wins and just two shy of setting a new all-time record for FSU women’s tennis. Hule put FSU up 3-0 with a straight set 7-5, 6-3 win but UVA took three straight following Hule’s win to even it up at 3-3. That left it up to Victoria Allen who fell behind in each set but came back each time to win 7-6 (7-3), 6-3.
The Seminoles will complete the weekend Sunday as they welcome Virginia Tech to the Scott Speicher Memorial Tennis Center for a noon match.
“This was a great start to the weekend, and we will enjoy this win and turn our attention (tomorrow) to a tough Virginia Tech match on Sunday,” said Hyde.
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