SOUTH BEND, Ind. (seminoles.com) – Florida State senior Lesedi Jacobs defeated Notre Dame’s Nibedita Ghosh in the final match of the day to give the No. 41 Seminoles a 4-3 win over the No 44 Irish at the Eck Tennis Pavilion. Jacobs rallied the in the final set to gain the thrilling win as she won the final two sets of the match to earn the 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 win. Jacobs also contributed to the Seminoles’ victory with a victory in doubles play, which allowed Florida State to win the all-important doubles point to begin the match.
The Seminoles are now 12-8 and 5-5 in ACC play. The No. 44 ranked Irish are now 13-8 overall and 6-5 in ACC play. The No 44 ranked Irish are now 12-9 overall and 5-6 in ACC play.
For Jacobs, wins from both the singles and doubles positions could not have come at a better time for the senior transfer from the University of Kentucky.
“We work hard every day to be prepared to put it all on the line for our team, especially when it is 3-3,” said Jacobs. “My main focus was to do it for them (my teammates), and be confident knowing that they’ve got my back. I am so happy I was able to get this win for my team. It’s a unique feeling, clinching, so moments like these are the best.”
“Getting a road win in the ACC is never easy, and this was one of those times,” said Head Coach Jen Hyde. “Notre Dame was a hot team coming into today, and coming off a big top 10 win against Miami on Friday. We were able to set the tone early in doubles with some great doubles play. Then it was a matter of having the will to do the work in singles from start to finish, and winning some really tough three set matches in the end.”
Olympe Lancelot gained the first singles point of the afternoon for the Seminoles with a 6-1, 7-5 win over Maria Olivia Castedo. Her win gave Florida State 2-0 lead over Notre Dame.
“Sedi and Olympe both had banner days today, which has been a long time coming for them both,” said Hyde. “They played a dominant doubles match together, and carried that in to their singles matches. They both created a moment for themselves today, and played a huge part in the team win.”
Senior Petra Hule rallied to defeat Page Freeman 6-4, 4-6, 6-4 score to gain her 13th win in her last 14 games. More importantly, her win put the Seminoles up, 3-2.
Florida State won the doubles point to begin the match. The Seminoles’ teams of Olympe Lancelot and Jacobs earned a 6-0 win over Notre Dame’s Carrie Beckman and Ghosh while Hule and Anna Arkadianou gained a 6-3 win over Freeman and Maria Olivia Castedo by a 6-2 margin to secure the first point of the game.
Florida State is back in action on Friday and Sunday as it plays host to Boston College (April 15, 5:00 p.m.) and Syracuse (April 17, 12 Noon) to close out its regular season. The Seminoles begin play in the ACC Championship in Rome, Ga., on April 21.
Doubles (court number noted)
1. Petra Hule/Anna Arkadianou (FSU) def. Page Freeman/Maria Olivia Castedo (ND), 6-3
2. Vic Allen/Kianah Motosono (FSU) vs. Julia Andreach/Yashna Yellayi (ND), 4-3, unfinished
3. Olympe Lancelot/Lesedi Jacobs (FSU) def. Carrie Beckman/Nibedita Ghosh (ND), 6-0
Singles (court number noted)
1. Petra Hule (FSU) def. Page Freeman (ND), 6-4, 4-6, 6-4
2. Julia Andreach (ND) def. Vic Allen (FSU), 6-4, 4-6, 6-4
3. Yashna Yellayi (ND) def. Anna Arkadianou (FSU), 3-6, 6-4, 6-0
4. Lesedi Jacobs (FSU) def. Nibedita Gosh (ND), 3-6, 6-3, 6-4
5. Carrie Beckman (ND) def. Kianah Motosono (FSU), 7-5, 7-6
6. Olympe Lancelot (FSU) def. Maria Olivia Castedo (ND), 6-1, 7-5