February 21, 2017 - by
Tennis Splits vs FAU, Miami

Coral Gables, Fla. – The Florida State women’s tennis team moved to 7-2 on the year after splitting matches with the No. 21 Miami Hurricanes (2-2) and the Florida Atlantic Owls (4-3) on Tuesday at the Neil Schiff Tennis Center. The Seminoles fell to the Hurricanes 4-1 in the 10:00 a.m. match before sweeping the Owls 4-0 at 3:00 p.m. In doubles play against Florida Atlantic, the Noles quickly took courts two and three to take a 1-0 lead over the Owls.

“We continue to do a very good job setting the tone in doubles each match,” Florida State head coach Jennifer Hyde said. “Those improvements continue to show up each time we compete.”

In singles, senior Daniela Schippers was the first off the court after a 6-0, 6-3 victory to put the Noles up 2-0. Freshman Nandini Das took court one 6-2, 6-1, and sophomore Ariana Rahmanparast clinched the 4-0 victory with a 6-4, 6-3 win.

“I’m happy with how we left the Miami loss behind us and came back strong against FAU,” Hyde said. “In college tennis, sometimes you need to have a short memory, and we did just that. We grabbed another doubles point, our seventh of eight doubles points so far, and we took care of what we needed to do.”

The 4-0 sweep is the fifth shutout victory for the Seminoles so far this season. The Noles have won all but one doubles point so far this year.

Against the Hurricanes, the Seminoles again jumped out to an early start in doubles play, securing the point as freshman Andrea Garcia/sophomore Julia Mikulski downed Dominika Paterova/Estela Perez-Somarriba 6-1 on court one and freshman Nandini Das/sophomore Ariana Rahmanparast defeated Maci Epstein/Ana Madour 6-2 on court two.

In singles play, the Noles got down early and fell on courts two, one, three and five. Garcia and senior Daniela Schippers each took a set and were locked in heated matches when the match finished.

The Seminoles entered the match against Miami at 6-1, their best record to open a season since 2013. Florida State had won five straight matches and had not dropped a match in nearly a month.

Next up, the Seminoles travel to Atlanta, Ga. take on No. 11 Georgia Tech on Sunday February 26 at 12:00 p.m.

“Through the tough loss to Miami, we have specifically pinpointed things to focus on this week to get us prepared for a very tough Georgia Tech team this weekend,” Hyde said. “We have to keep putting in the work and keep improving each session.”

Noles Ranked No. 36

 The Intercollegiate Tennis Association released the first computerized team rankings of the season on Tuesday, with Florida State debuting at No. 36 in the country. That ranking is the highest initial computerized ranking since 2015, when the Noles began the season at No. 30 in the nation.

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