May 22, 2022 - by

W. Tennis: Hule And Arkadianou Begin Play In NCAA Championships

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (seminoles.com) – Florida State’s Petra Hule, the No. 3 seeded singles player in the NCAA Division I Women’s Tennis Championship, begins her quest for an individual national championship against Kylie Collins of the University of Texas at the Khan Outdoor Tennis Complex at the University of Illinois at 7 p.m. (ET) on Monday, May 23.  Hule and Anna Arkadianou begin play in the doubles competition Tuesday against Janice Tjen and Savannah Broadus of Pepperdine.  The doubles bracket includes 32 doubles pairs with the quarterfinals set for May 26, the semifinals set for May 27 and the championship finals set for May 28. 

Play begins Monday in the round of 64 with the singles national championship match scheduled for May 28.  The advancing participants will play one round each day with the quarterfinals coming on May 26, the semifinals scheduled for May 27 and the finals set for Saturday. 

“We are ready to go,” said Head Coach Jen Hyde.  “Petra has prepared herself very well for this last push of the season. She trained, rested, and has had ample time to reset since the team championship season ended.  Her full focus on the individual championships. She earned a No 3 seed in this NCAA Championships as the highest ranked player in FSU history (as the No. 3 ranked player in the nation), She’s very much on the hunt again, and ready for her next (and biggest) match of the season on Monday.”

Hule owns as 21-1 record in single play this spring and has won nine consecutive single matches as she begins play in the 64-player bracket.  She enters the 2022 NCAA singles and doubles Championships as the second winningest player in Florida State history.  She is tied for the all-time lead in doubles with 106 wins, ranked seventh in school history in singles with 96 wins and ranked second in school history with 202 career wins.  Hule enters the NCAA Single championship with a 28-6 record in singles in 2022.  Her 28 wins in 2021-22 is tied as the ninth-highest singles winning percentage in for a single year in school history.

”I’m really looking forward to playing and getting to it,” said Hule.  “I haven’t played Kylie before, and I’m looking forward to seeing what i can do in both singles and doubles.”

Arkadianou, who will make her first career appearance in the NCAA Doubles competition, finished the spring season with a 10-7 record in doubles play while playing with Hule.  The Seminoles’ pair of Arkadianou and Hule defeated the tournament’s No. 2 seeded doubles team of Elizabeth Scotty and Fiona Crawley as Florida State met North Carolina in the quarterfinals of the ACC Championship.

“I can’t tell you how excited I am to be out here with Pep,” said Arkadianou.  “This is an amazing achievement and we aren’t done just yet.”

Florida State Head Coach Jen Hyde, who led the Seminoles to the NCAA Tournament Round of 32 this season, couldn’t be more thrilled to have the opportunity to coach Hule and Arkadianou in the NCAA Championships this week.

“Pep and Anna have proven all season that they compete with, and beat the best in the nation.  They are ready for the doubles championships,’” said Hyde.  “They will come out swinging aggressively, and doing what they do best. Having a sense of urgency in the six game set that takes place during the regular season will serve them well, as they will look to control things early (even with the two out of three sets format at NCAA’s). We are excited and ready to kick things off up here, and can’t wait to be in the hunt in this ‘last season’ of the year.”

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