TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The 12th ranked Florida State women’s tennis team (9-2, 1-1) fell to No. 3 Duke (8-1, 1-0) 5-2 on Friday night.
“It was a really good match,” said head coach Jennifer Hyde. “We weren’t quite at our level in a couple of spots. The unforced errors by us caused a little bit of a challenge today. We fought hard but did not find the momentum that we needed to have and hold onto for the duration of the match. We gave our self some chances with a great job getting the doubles point. We needed to hold on and push back in the singles match. We came up short today and that is going to happen. I hope we get another opportunity to see them down the road.”
The Noles started the match off strong taking their 10th doubles point of the season. Florida State lost on court one to fall behind in doubles but bounced back to takes courts two and three. Senior Ariana Rahmanparast and junior Carla Touly won their fifth match in a row this spring on court two, 6-1 over Duke’s 56th ranked doubles pair, to tie the doubles point. Junior Andrea Garcia and sophomore Petra Hule came in clutch grabbing the 6-3 win on court three to clinch the doubles point.
Duke came out in singles to take four first sets. Duke tied it up with a straight-set win on court five. They then took their first lead of the match with a 6-2, 6-3 win on court one.
On court three sophomore, Emmanuelle Salas was in a battle in the first set. She was going back and forth against 26th ranked Kelly Chen before going into a tiebreak. Duke went on to win the tiebreak and court three to take a 3-1 lead.
Duke clinched the match with a three-set win on court one. Senior Ana Oparenovic won the first set 7-5 before falling in the next two sets.
Junior Nandini Das brought in the Noles first singles win on court four with a 7-5, 3-6, 6-4 win over No. 108 Kaitlyn McCarthy. It was her eighth straight win dating back to the fall and her second straight win over a ranked opponent.
Florida State will be back in action next weekend as they head to Virginia Tech (March 1) and Pitt (March 3.)
#3 Duke 5, #12 Florida State University 2
Duke 8-1, 1-0; National ranking #3
Florida State University 9-2, 1-1; National ranking #12
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2,3); Singles (5,1,3,2,4,6)