GAINESVILLE, Fla. (Seminoles.com) – The 35th-ranked Florida State Women’s Tennis Team put up a fight on Sunday afternoon, but it wasn’t enough as it fell to No. 16 Florida, 4-1, in the NCAA Second Round in Gainesville, Fla.
Senior Kianah Motosono finished undefeated in the No. 5 singles position this weekend, earning a 7-5, 6-1 win over UF’s Emma Shelton to establish FSU’s lone point in the match. She also won in the No. 5 spot on Saturday vs. FIU.
The Gators (21-6) got off to a quick start by winning the doubles point, but the Seminoles (15-11) held strong through most of their first singles sets before UF collectively got things going.
No. 3-ranked redshirt senior Petra Hule’s match vs. 12th-ranked Kessler McCartney went unfinished but was turning into quite the duel. McCartney won the first set, 7-5, but Hule was gaining momentum in the second frame which was tied at 4-4 before UF clinched the overall match.
Hule will participate in the NCAA Singles and Doubles Competition beginning May 23 in Champaign, Ill. With 202 career victories, she will have a chance to break the FSU all-time record of 206 held by Andrea Garcia.
Sophomore Anna Arkadianou will join Hule in the doubles format in Champaign.
Freshman Olympe Lancelot completed a momentum-building weekend, clinching Saturday’s first-round match. Her singles match on Sunday went unfinished but she held a 1-set lead over UF’s Sydney Berlin, winning the opening frame 6-3 and holding a 4-4 tie in the second set.
The Seminoles end a season in which they managed and battled injuries to make yet another NCAA Tournament and win a first-round match for the sixth consecutive time. Several underclassmen are expected to return to help make the Seminoles a contender once again next season.