September 22, 2017 - by
Seminoles Finish Strong On Day One at Debbie Southern Fall Classic

Greenville, S.C. – The Florida State women’s tennis team began their 2017 season Friday at the Debbie Southern Fall Classic hosted by Furman.

“We were very happy to see how our girls competed today,” said assistant coach Jaime Sanchez-Canamares Rios. “The first day of competition and first matches are always tough and the girls did a fantastic job.”

The duo of sophomore Andrea Garcia and freshman Petra Hule fell in their first doubles match 8-5, but came back to take down their second opponent of the day 8-1. The pair defeated Danielle Wolf and Andrea Ballinger of Ohio State.

“Petra and Andrea had a great win today against the Ohio State team of Danielle Wolf and Andrea Ballinger,” said Sanchez-Canamares Rios. “They played at a high level of tennis and they performed extremely well. Same for Gabby (Goldin) and Lucie (Prochazkova). They defeated a Vanderbilt team playing very well on key moments and showed a lot of confidence, which is great because that’s our goal during these tournaments.”

Sophomore Gabrielle Goldin and freshman Lucie Prochazkova were defeated in a heartbreaker of a first match, 8-7(6), to Texas Longhorns Chelsea Crovettie and Katie Poluta. The freshman and sophomore duo were able to win their second match of the day as they took down Lauren Gish and Payton Robinette of Vanderbilt, 8-6.

“We were proud coaches today watching them competing,” said Sanchez-Canamares Rios.  “Our freshmen Lucie and Petra did incredible in their first matches wearing the garnet and gold. Lucie won a very competitive match in 3 sets while Petra showed her potential against a great Tennessee player.”

Sophomore Ariana Rahmanparast and partner sophomore Nandini Das fell to their opponents in both of their doubles matches. They fell 8-2 to Emily Smith and Fermanda Contreras of Vanderbilt and 8-6 to Katty Weymouth and Danni Vines of Furman.

In singles play, Das fell in the first set 6-3 to Tea Jandric of Ole Miss. However, she came back in the second set to win 6-3, but fell in the final set 6-0. Prochazkova defeated Aryn Greene of Furman in her first collegiate singles match, 4-6, 6-4, 7-5. Hule was not as fortunate as her fellow freshman, as she lost in a three setter to Johanna Silva of Texas, 6-7, 7-5, 6-2.

Garcia was able to take her match to three sets after she fell behind 7-5 to Emily Smith of Vanderbilt. Garcia won the second set 6-4 to force the fourth, three set match of the day for the Seminoles, but could not take the third as she lost it 6-3.

“Andrea and Nandini lost in 3 sets in their matches,” said Sanchez-Canamares Rios. “However, the learning and confidence they got from today will help them for the next days.”

Rahmanparast and Goldin finished off singles play for the garnet and gold with two wins. Rahmanparast took down Andrea Ballinger of Ohio State in straight sets, 6-4, 7-6(6), while Goldin defeated Courtney Meredith of Wake Forest 7-5, 6-3.

“It was a joy to watch (Gabby) Goldin compete and play,” said Sanchez-Canamares Rios. “Her passion and commitment is incredible and we could not be happier for her win today.”

Play will begin at 9 a.m. on Saturday with one round of doubles followed by two rounds of singles immediately after.

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