TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The 12th ranked Florida State women’s tennis team (19-5, 11-3) dominated Louisville (10-14, 2-12) 7-0 on Senior Day. With 11 ACC wins, the Noles have captured more ACC wins in a season than any team in program history.
“Senior day is always going to be emotional for those who have given so much to the program over the years,” said head coach Jennifer Hyde. “Being able to celebrate what they have been a part of over the last couple of years of their career always brings out the emotions and we managed it well.”
“It was an excellent job sweeping our final home match and final match of the season. Being able to achieve more ACC wins than any team in the history of this program speaks volumes on what these girls have set their sights on.”
After the pre-match festivities came to an end the Garnet and Gold took all three doubles courts from the Cardinals. Florida State fell behind early on courts two and three but that did not matter as they took all three courts. Senior Ana Oparenovic and sophomore Emmanuelle Salas were first off with a 6-2 win on court one. The two are now 12-6 this spring. Senior Ariana Rahmanparast and junior Carla Touly clinched the doubles point with a 6-2 win of their own on court two. Junior Andrea Garcia and sophomore Petra Hule wrapped up doubles play with a 6-4 win on court three.
The Noles dominated singles play as well. Hule was the first to finish with a 6-2, 6-1 win on court four and she was followed up shortly after by Oparenovic on court three who won 6-1, 6-2.
Rahmanparast clinched the match with the 152nd win of her career. She won 6-0, 6-4 on court six. Salas gave the Noles a 5-0 lead with the fourth straight-set singles win for the Noles. She took the first set 6-4 and followed that up with a 6-4 win in the second set on court two.
Touly made it 6-0 with a dominant win on court one. She took the first set 6-3 and followed that up with a 6-2 win in the second set. Senior Julia Mikulski capped off the sweep with a three-set win on court five. She lost the first set 6-4 before coming back to take the second set 6-2. In the final super-breaker, Mikulski was down 4-2 before coming back to win 10-7.
“We are going to wrap this one up with a nice bow and the new season will begin on Sunday, the championship season,” said Hyde. “All of this will be behind us and the trajectory we need to be on right now is exactly where it needs to be heading into the biggest time of the year.”
The Seminoles begin ACC Tournament play on Friday after a double bye.
#12 Florida State University 7, Louisville 0
Louisville 10-14 (2-12 ACC)
Florida State University 18-5 (11-3 ACC); National ranking #12
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2,3); Singles (4,3,6,2,1,5)