DURHAM, N.C. – After a change of venues, the Florida State women’s tennis team took care of business, defeating Wake Forest 4-0 to advance to the ACC Semifinals.
“Today has been a very long day with the tornado warnings, the delay in play and playing until 9:20 at night,” said head coach Jennifer Hyde. “The girls did an amazing job being emotionally flexible on days like this. They did a fantastic job of not making any excuses when it was time to go. We got better today, we got better as a team, not just because we won but how we won. Every single spot got better today and at this time in the season, you really want to see that and see people improving. This is where you need to hit that next level and we did that today. It makes me really excited heading into tomorrow’s match.”
Florida State took care of the Demon Deacons in doubles taking a 1-0 advantage, as they had so often this season. Junior Andrea Garcia and sophomore Petra Hule were off first as they dominated court three winning 6-2. Senior Ana Oparenovic and sophomore Emmanuelle Salas were next clinching the doubles point with a 6-3, 6-3 win on court one.
The Garnet and gold got off to a quick start in singles taking all six first sets. They turned that into three-second sets and the match. Oparenovic cruised to a win on court three taking the first set 6-4 and the second set 6-2 to give FSU a 2-0 lead.
Junior Carla Touly was next as she dominated 34th ranked Emma Davis on court one. Down 3-2, Touly won the next four games to take the first set 6-3. She jumped out to a 3-2 lead in the second set and turned that into another 6-3 win, giving FSU an insurmountable 3-0 lead.
Salas finished off Wake Forest on court two. She won the first set 6-4 but fell behind 4-2 in the second set. She battled back to take five of the final six games and the set 7-5.
With the win, Florida State advances to the ACC Tournament semifinals tomorrow at 2:00 PM. FSU will play the winner of Virginia and Duke.
#11 Florida State 4, #22 Wake Forest 0
Wake Forest 20-8; National ranking #22
Florida State 20-5; National ranking #11
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1); Singles (3,1,2)
ACC Championship quarterfinal