Tallahassee, Fla. – Florida State women’s tennis fell to No. 32 Virginia Tech 4-3 Sunday afternoon at the Scott Speicher Tennis Center. The 60th-ranked Seminoles (8-8, 0-6 ACC) fell to the Hokies (11-5, 4-3 ACC) for the second-consecutive season after winning 16 of the first 17 match-ups between the schools.
Virginia Tech took the doubles point with a 6-2 win on Court 3. FSU’s Gabriella Castaneda and Julia Mikulski beat Tech’s Caroline Daxhelet and Raluca Mita on Court 2 to even the match after the Hokies won on Court 1.
In singles, Virginia Tech took the first set on four of the six courts, including Court 1 between No. 72 Daneika Borthwick and No. 58 Francesca Fusinato. The Hokies stretched their lead to 3-0 with straight set wins on Court 2 (6-4, 6-2 over Yukako Noi) and Court 5 (6-2, 6-3 over Lana Rush).
The Noles got on the board with a 7-6 (3), 6-2 win by Castaneda over Kelly Williford. Virginia Tech clinched the match with Fusinato’s 6-4, 6-4 win on Court 1.
The remaining two matches both went the Seminoles way, with Daniela Schippers beating Katherine Butler on Court 6, 6-3, 3-6, 6-3, and Mikulski beating the first ranked opponent of her career in No. 117 Daxhelet, 2-6, 6-4, 7-5.
Head coach Jennifer Hyde:
“Doubles is crucial. We haven’t been able to get that 1-0 lead. We’ve got to find a way to sweat that point out and give us momentum heading into singles. We came out flat again in singles. It was great to see the girls fight, especially Gabby, Dany, and Julia. I’m proud of Jules – she was in bed three days this week, sick as a dog, and she guts it out and wants to win so bad for this team. She found a way physically to get it done after a rough week. She’s a very tough kid.
“It was a great finish for Dany, still coming back from her wrist injury in the fall and being able to finish and close out the match was crucial for her confidence and the team’s confidence in her. Up and down the line, the whole team saw her do that and that’s another step in her growth and progression.
“Gabby got behind 2-5 quickly in the first set and did an unbelievable job of reining in her opponent. She had a strict game plan and stuck with it. Great to see that out of her.
“We had our opportunities. It’s a shame we couldn’t come out on the other side. We’re going to keep getting better and keep improving and get back to work on Tuesday.”
Florida State returns to action Friday against No. 66 Boston College. The Eagles won last year’s matchup in Chestnut Hill. On Sunday, the women will play a doubleheader against No. 10 Virginia (12 pm) and Troy (4:30 pm).
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#32 Virginia Tech 4, #60 Florida State 3
March 20, 2016 – Scott Speicher Tennis Center, Tallahassee, Fla.
#58 Francesca Fusinato (VT) def. #72 Daneika Borthwick (FSU), 6-4, 6-4
Elena Cerezo-Codina (VT) def. Yukako Noi (FSU), 6-4, 6-2
Julia Mikulski (FSU) def. #117 Caroline Daxhelet (VT), 2-6, 6-4, 7-5
Gabriella Castaneda (FSU) def. Kelly Williford (VT), 7-6 (3), 6-2
Raluca Mita (VT) def. Lana Rush (FSU), 6-2, 6-3
Daniela Schippers (FSU) def. Katherine Butler (VT), 6-3, 3-6, 6-3
Fusinato/Williford (VT) def. Borthwick/Noi (FSU), 6-0
Castaneda/Mikulski (FSU) def. Daxhelet/Mita, 6-3
Cerezo-Codina/Sansitha Nandakumar (VT) def. Rush/Schippers (FSU), 6-2
Order of Finish: Singles – 6,1,5,3; Doubles – 1,2,3