March 3, 2017 - by
Tennis Drops Heartbreaker to Wake Forest

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida State women’s tennis team (7-4, 0-3 ACC) dropped a 4-2 heartbreaker to the No. 28 Wake Forest Demon Deacons (11-2, 2-0 ACC) on Friday at the Scott Speicher Tennis Center. The match could not have been any closer as it featured a total of three tiebreaks and courts one, two, and five all went to a third set.

“I felt like we gave ourselves some chances in singles,” Florida State head coach Jennifer Hyde said.  “There were three three-set matches today- we competed well in those spots. It was just that we didn’t perform at the level I know we are capable of performing.”

In doubles play, the Seminoles relinquished the doubles point for only the second time all season. Freshman Andrea Garcia and sophomore Julia Mikulski fell to Chandler Carter and Kimmy Guerin of Wake Forest 6-1, while freshman Nandini Das and sophomore Ariana Rahmanparast were battling on court two 4-3 when Wake Forest’s Alexis Franco and Courtney Meredith downed freshman Gabrielle Goldin and senior Daniela Schippers 6-2 on court three.

In singles play, the match was back and forth all the way.

Schippers quickly took court four 6-2, 6-1 over Wake Forest’s Carter to earn her fifth singles win of the season and tie the match 1-1.

“In singles, every spot was a tough spot- I fortunately was able to have a really good today and was able to close it pretty quickly,” Schippers said. “I think it was a pretty good effort from everyone, we just need to start getting the win. Hopefully this gives (the team) a lot more hunger for Sunday.”

The Demon Deacons answered back as Joanna Zalewski defeated Mikulski 6-1, 6-2 to back the lead.

Trailing 2-1, Rahmanparast dug deep on court five and pulled out a 7-6(1) tiebreak in the first set after dominating the tiebreak 7-1. Wake Forest answered again with a tiebreak of their own as No. 86 Emma Davis took the first set over Das by the score of 7-6(3).

On court one, junior Gabriella Castaneda returned to the top of the lineup after missing part of last week with injury. She took the first set 7-5, but was unable to get the win as she fell 5-7, 6-2, 6-3 to No. 67 Kimmy Guerin.

Then trailing 3-1, the Seminoles needed a win and Rahmanparast was able to deliver, winning another tiebreak for her team to take court five 7-6 (1), 7-6 (3) to put the match at 3-2. Rahmanparast now leads the team with seven singles victories this season.

Garcia was able to make her presence felt and force a third set on court six, but unfortunately for the Noles Luisa Feranandez of Wake Forest took a 7-5, 4-6, 6-3 victory to clinch the 4-2 win for the Demon Deacons.

After dropping the first set, Das was able to fight back and force a third set with a 7-5 second set victory. The match ended with Das trailing 6-7(3), 7-5, 0-1 in the third set.

“The great thing about sport is that it always gives you an opportunity to redeem yourself and always gives you another chance,” Hyde said. “We have to turn around very quickly and play a very tough NC State opponent that we expect will play very much like the match today.

“The team that shows up on Sunday has to be the team we are capable of being.”

With the loss, Florida State is now 18-21 all-time against Wake Forest. All four of the Seminoles’ losses have been to teams ranked in the top 28 nationally.

The Seminoles play again Sunday against the No. 26 North Carolina State Wolfpack at 12:00 p.m. at the Scott Speicher Tennis Center. Fans can follow along with the live stats link below.

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