LOUISVILLE, KY. – Despite a brisk crosswind that greatly affected play at the Bass-Rudd Tennis Center, the Florida State women’s tennis team (9-8, 2-6 ACC) dominated Louisville (12-5, 1-4 ACC), shutting out the Cardinals 4-0 on Sunday afternoon.
The match was the featured USTA/ACC Match of the Week and was broadcast on ACC Network Extra.
The harsh wind seemed to force the Cardinals out of their game, while the Seminoles held steady in the elements and were able to take advantage of the game conditions and take the victory.
“I was really proud of the poise we showed given the challenging conditions,” Florida State head coach Jennifer Hyde said. “There were 25 mile per hour winds blowing, and we did great job of using the wind to our favor. We talk a lot about adapting and we did a really good job of that today and didn’t give UL an opportunity to get into the match.”
In singles, junior Gabriella Castaneda made her return to the top of the lineup after missing time last week with injury to lead the Seminoles in the dominating victory. The Noles won the doubles point and did not look back, taking the first set on all six courts en route to the 4-0 win.
Castaneda took the court one 6-0, 6-2 to put the Seminoles ahead 2-0, followed closely by No. 103 sophomore Julia Mikulski on court three 6-2, 6-4.
After taking the first set 6-1, freshman Nandini Das went against Louisville’s Mariana Humberg looking to clinch the match for Florida State. Humberg saved several match points to force a tiebreak, but Das took control in the tiebreak to clinch the victory 6-1, 7-6(4).
“She was slicing a lot of balls,” Das said after the match. “We practice these things on a daily basis, we do drills that teach you to keep grinding and keep grinding and finally finish those points. I know that I’ve put in the practice and I know what I needed to do.”
When Florida State clinched the match, courts five and six were headed to third sets, while senior Daniela Schippers had battled to take the first set 7-6(4), and was 1-3 in the second set.
The Seminoles took the doubles point for the 11th time this season, as Das and sophomore Ariana Rahmanparast took court two over Elle Stokes/Ariana Rodriguez 6-1 and Castaneda and Schippers defeated Aleksandra Mally/Olivia Boesing 6-3 to clinch the point for Florida State.
“Getting that doubles point continues to be a very big focus for us and I was glad that we came out with the momentum by winning the point,” Hyde said.
This was the second match the Seminoles played on television this season following the February 21 match against Miami. The April 13 home match against Notre Dame will also be featured on ACC Network Extra.
Florida State is now 6-0 all-time against the Cardinals.
Gabriella Castaneda returned to the top of the lineup after sitting out the singles portion of the last two matches, winning 6-0, 6-2 for her fourth such victory of the season.
Das now leads the team with eight singles victories and 16 overall wins this season.
Doubles has been a strong point for the Seminoles, winning 11 such points this season. Castaneda and Schippers are 7-0 on the season, and during the absence of Castaneda, Schippers and freshman Gabrielle Goldin are 2-1 on the year.
Das and Rahmanparast lead the team with nine doubles wins on the year.
The Seminoles will now turn around and head to Pennsylvania to take on the Pittsburgh Panthers (3-6, 0-5) on Sunday at 12:00 p.m. at the Alpha Tennis and Fitness Center.
“We’ve got a big road match coming up at Pitt- elements won’t be a problem on that day because it will be indoors,” Hyde said. “We’re excited to get up there and keep this winning streak that we’ve started alive.”
Live stats for the match can be found here: http://www.pittsburghpanthers.com/livestats/w-tennis/xlive.htm
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Florida State vs LOUISVILLE
Mar 24, 2017 at Louisville, Ky.
(Bass-Rudd Tennis Center)
Florida State 4, LOUISVILLE 0
1. Gabriella Castaneda (FS) def. Aleksandra Mally (LOU) 6-0, 6-2
2. Nandini Das (FS) def. Mariana Humberg (LOU) 6-1, 7-6 (7-4)
3. #103 Julia Mikulski (FS) def. Elle Stokes (LOU) 6-2, 6-4
4. Abbie Pahz (LOU) vs. Daniela Schippers (FS) 6-7(4), 3-1, unfinished
5. Tiffany Huber (LOU) vs. Ariana Rahmanparast (FS) 2-6, 7-6 (7-5), 1-1, unfinished
6. Olivia Boesing (LOU) vs. Andrea Garcia (FS) 3-6, 6-4, 0-1, unfinished
1. Julia Mikulski/Andrea Garcia (FS) vs. Abbie Pahz/Mariana Humberg (LOU) 4-4, unfinished
2. Nandini Das/Ariana Rahmanparast (FS) def. Elle Stokes/Ariana Rodriguez (LOU) 6-1
3. Daniela Schippers/Gabriella Castaneda (FS) def. Aleksandra Mally/Olivia Boesing (LOU) 6-3
Florida State 9-8, 1-3 ACC
LOUISVILLE 12-5, 1-4 ACC
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3); Singles (1,3,2)