TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) – Syracuse’s Ines Fonte defeated Florida State’s Olympe Lancelot in the final match of the game to give the Orange a 4-3 women’s tennis victory over the Seminoles at the Scott Speicher Tennis Complex. Fonte won the third set tiebreaker by a 7-4 margin to gain the 7-6 (7-4), 3-6, 7-6 (7-4) victory and give Syracuse the victory. The win by Fonte spoiled Florida State’s comeback attempt after the Seminoles lost the doubles point to begin the match, but stormed back three of the first five singles matches.
Florida State concludes the regular season with a 14-9 record and a 6-6 record in ACC play. The loss snapped a four-game winning streak for the Seminoles who enter this week’s ACC Championship in Rome, Ga., having won five of their final seven matches of the season. The Orange is now 9-10 overall and 3-9 in ACC play.
Both teams will play in the ACC Tournament beginning Thursday at the Rome Tennis Center. The eighth- seeded Seminoles face ninth-seeded Notre Dame while the 10th-seeded Orange face seventh seeded Wake Forest. The Seminoles and the Irish are set to begin at 3:30 p.m. while the Orange and the Deacons are scheduled to begin play at 6:00 p.m.
Florida’s State’s Lancelot and Lesedi Jacobs began the day well for the Seminoles as they won their first completed doubles match. But a pair of ranked Orange teams (#86 Shiori Ito and Sofya Treshcheva along with #40 Miyuka Kimoto and Polina Kozyreva) both won their matches to earn the all-important doubles point for the visiting Orange.
Florida State then went to work in the singles matches, winning three consecutive points to tie the match. The Seminoles gained victories by Jacobs, Anna Arkadianou and No. 7 ranked Petra Hule to square the match at 3-3. Hule defeated Viktoriya Kanapatskaya by a 6-7 (5-7), 6-4, 6-1 score to gain her 15th win in her last 16 matches. Her record is 20-1 in singles play this spring with wins coming in 12 of her 13 ACC games.
Jacobs, who earned victories in both singles and doubles has now won six consecutive matches (three singles in and three doubles) in the Seminoles’ last three matches against Notre Dame, Boston College and Syracuse.
Florida State closed out their home record with a 9-4 record on the Speicher Courts.
Florida State’s game against Notre Dame is a rematch of a game won by the Seminoles, 4-3, in South Bend on April 10th. The Seminoles are 1-0 against Notre Dame in ACC Championship play as they earned a 4-3 win over the Irish during the 2015 conference championship in Cary, N.C.
1. #7 Petra Hule (FSU) def. Viktoriya Kanapatskaya (SU) 6-7 (5-7), 6-4, 6-1
2. Miyuka Kimoto (SU) def. Vic Allen (FSU) 6-2, 6-1
3. Anna Arkadianou (FSU) def. Zeynep Erman (SU) 3-6, 6-2, 6-3
5. Shiori Ito (SU) def. Kianah Motosono (FSU) 6-3, 6-1
4. Lesedi Jacobs (FSU) def. Polina Kozyreva (SU) 7-5, 6-4
6. Ines Fonte (SU) def. Olympe Lancelot (FSU) 7-6 (7-4), 3-6, 7-6 (7-4)
1. #40 Miyuka Kimoto/Polina Kozyreva (SU) def. #68 Petra Hule/Anna Arkadianou (FSU) 6-4
2. #86 Shiori Ito/Sofya Treshcheva (SU) def. Vic Allen/Kianah Motosono (FSU)) 6-2
3. Olympe Lancelot/Lesedi Jacobs (FSU)) def. Ines Fonte/V. Kanapatskaya (SU) 6-1