April 20, 2022 - by

W. Tennis To Face Notre Dame Thursday In ACC Championship

Rome, Ga. (seminoles.com) – It’s a great time to be a Florida State tennis player. 

The No. 38 Seminoles have won six of their last eight matches, with five of those wins coming as ACC triumphs including a victory over then No. 10 ranked Duke.  The Blue Devils are now ranked No. 5 nationally after defeating previously undefeated and No. 1 ranked North Carolina during the last week of the regular season. 

And when you consider Seminole Head Coach Jen Hyde’s mantra of the next game on the schedule being the most important one, then Thursday’s game against Notre Dame at 3:30 at the Rome Tennis Complex is just that – the most important game of the season. 

“It’s ACC Championship time, and it is the best time of the year as we move into a postseason championship mindset,” said Hyde. 

With four teams ranked in the nation’s top 7 (No. 1 North Carolina, No. 3 NC State, No. 5 Duke and No. 7 Virginia), the 2022 ACC Championship looks to be the most competitive conference tennis championship weekend in the nation.  Only the Big 12 with two teams in the top 10 (No. 2 Oklahoma and No. 4 Texas) even comes close to the firepower gathered for the ACC Championship. 

Beginning with its victory at Virginia Tech on March 20, Florida State has won six ACC matches.  Included in those six victories was a 4-3 win over Notre Dame.  The Seminoles’ win over the Fighting Irish was their second win during a four-game winning streak, which helped the team improve not only their ACC standing, but their national standing, as well. 

 

W. Tennis To Face Notre Dame Thursday In ACC Championship

Florida State won its regular season game against No. 42 Notre Dame in very dramatic fashion as Lesedi Jacobs clinched the Seminoles’ victory when she won the final match on a cold and windy day in South Bend, Ind. 

“It feels great knowing that we came out on top during the regular season, which was a great confidence booster,” said Jacobs.  “But I am approaching this match focusing on the present and what I need to do on Thursday.”

Senior Petra Hule, who is ranked No. 6 nationally, won both of her matches in Florida State’s victory over the Irish.  She won her doubles match with Anna Arkadianou and won a thrilling, three-set match against Notre Dame’s Page Freeman. 

“I know it (the first game against Notre Dame) was a battle from start to finish,” said Hule.  “This game will require all of us to show up, fight, compete and be in the moment, the entire time.”

Hule enters Thursday’s match against Notre Dame with 197 career wins. She ranks eighth in school history with 94 singles wins and is third in school history with 103 doubles wins. Hule is just 10 overall wins from becoming Florida State’s all-time winningest player and only four wins from becoming the school’s all-time doubles winner.

Hule is looking to become just the second player in school history to win 200 or more combined matches.  Andrea Garcia (2017-21) won a school record 206 matches (106 in doubles and 100 in singles) in leading Florida State to the Elite 8 of the NCAA Tournament in both 2018 and 2021. 

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.

“We have our sights fully set on Thursday at 3:30 and our match against Notre Dame to begin the ACC Championships,” said Hyde.  “We are excited to get out there and compete again, and continue to pursue our best performance on the day. We can’t wait for that opportunity, and will be ready for an absolute dogfight.”

 

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