TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The 22nd ranked Florida State women’s tennis team (12-3, 4-1) takes down No. 31 Georgia Tech (6-7, 3-3) 4-3 led behind the impressive play by sophomore Emmanuelle Salas.
“That was an absolute dogfight of a match today, which is pretty much expected every time we lace it up on gameday in the ACC,” said head coach Jennifer Hyde. “It took a complete team effort to leave Atlanta with the 4-3 win. It’s hard to put a price tag on the value of these types of wins, but I know for certain this team got a lot stronger today through their efforts and success in this match.”
For the 14th time in 15 matches, the Noles grabbed the doubles point. They took early 2-1 leads on all three courts before the Yellow Jackets started to fight back. Senior Ana Oparenovic along with Salas earned the first doubles win on court four, 6-4. They were quickly backed up by junior Andrea Garcia and sophomore Petra Hule on court two who won 6-4.
“Doubles was toe to toe on all three courts, and we did a great job of being more aggressive at the right times and in big points,” said Hyde. “The girls did a great job of playing smart and aggressive in doubles. That was the difference maker.”
Florida State quickly grabbed its second team point as Salas won 6-3, 6-0 on court two. Georgia Tech punched back on court six to make the team score 2-1.
“Manu getting our second point on the board so quickly was really important,” said Hyde. “Her opponent was serving underhanded the whole match, which can throw some people off mentally, but she was unfazed after the first couple looks at it and she took complete control of her match.”
Hule earned her fourth dual match win on court five to make it 3-1. She took an early 3-0 lead in the first set and turned that into a 6-4 set win. She then jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the second set before winning it 6-2.
“Pep had a really solid day of tennis all-around today, and did a stellar job of playing a complete match of very solid tennis,” said Hyde. “She and Dre continue to raise their level in doubles, and are making some solid adjustments in their matches that really makes them tough to play against.”
Georgia Tech grabbed court one to narrow the lead to 3-2 and then came back in the third set to grab court three to tie the team score at three.
With the match on the line, senior Julia Mikulski took the first set 6-2 before losing the second 7-5. In the third set, she jumped out to a 3-1 lead before Georgia Tech narrowed it to 5-4. Julia came away with a 6-4 win for her sixth win of the spring and the match.
“Jules got to be in the pressure cooker today, last match on, team score tied 3-3, in the third and final set, and all eyes on her court,” said Hyde. “She handled the moment with so much poise and stayed very much in control throughout, whether winning or losing points in that final set. That situation can be overwhelming if you let it, but every single player on this team wants to carry the weight of that moment on their shoulders for their sisters. I’m so thrilled for Jules to get her moment tonight, in such a big occasion, for this team.”
Florida State will be back home on Sunday to take on Notre Dame at 12:30 pm alongside the FSU men’s tennis team.
#22 Florida State University 4, #31 Georgia Tech 3
Florida State University 12-3, 4-1 ACC; National ranking #22
Georgia Tech 6-7, 3-3 ACC; National ranking #31
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2); Singles (2,6,5,1,3,4)