Chicago, Ill. – The No. 9 Florida State women’s tennis team (6-1) dropped a hard-fought 4-0 decision to No. 4 UCLA (6-0) in the ITA National Team Indoor Championship quarterfinals on Saturday afternoon at XS Tennis Village.
“All the credit to UCLA they played really well, they played the big points better than we did,” said head coach Jennifer Hyde. “They were relentless with pressure and did a good job of commanding the big moments very well. We backed off a little bit in a couple spots and it made a big difference in allowing them some space to take over. We fought hard and competed really well, they were just a little bit better than us today.”
The Garnet and Gold started off strong in doubles but were unable to hold onto their leads as UCLA later claimed the doubles point. Senior doubles pair of Nandini Das and Andrea Garcia jumped out to an early 3-0 lead, but their match went unfinished as they were up 5-4. The Seminoles fought hard but the Bruins took court one 6-3 and then court three 6-2 to clinch the point for UCLA.
Florida State was neck and neck with the bruins when singles play started. On court five, freshman Victoria Allen was the only Seminole to win the first set 7-5. Her match would later go unfinished as she led in the second set 3-2.
The Bruins went on to win the match by earning three consecutive points on courts one, two, and six. On court one FSU fell in a 6-3, 6-2 decision. UCLA immediately went on to take court two 6-3, 6-1 and court six 6-0, 6-4 to complete the victory over Florida State.
The Noles fall to 6-1 on the season and now drop into the consolation bracket at the 16-team tournament. The No. 9 Florida State women’s tennis team will be back at it tomorrow as they are slated to take on No. 22 Georgia Tech Sunday afternoon at 3:30 p.m. CT.
Noles in the Polls
In the latest Oracle/ITA poll, Florida State comes in at No. 9, which is the highest ranking in program history. Their highest ranking before this was No. 10 on April 13. 2019.
The Seminoles have one ranked singles player in senior Nandini Das, who was ranked No. 86 in the latest Oracle/ITA poll. Along with two ranked doubles pairs in No. 15 junior Petra Hule and freshman Victoria Allen, and No. 16 ranked junior Emmanuelle Salas and Allen.
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#4 University of California LA 4, #9 Florida State University 0
University of California LA 6-0; National ranking #4
Florida State University 6-1; National ranking #9
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3); Singles (1,2,6)