AUSTIN, Texas. – The 17th ranked Florida State women’s tennis team (11-3, 3-1) falls to No. 17 Texas (6-2) 4-1 on Friday Afternoon.
“It was not the outcome we were hoping for out here in Texas,” said head coach Jennifer Hyde. “You have to give credit to Texas. They played very clean tennis today. They took advantage of opportunities and were a little more solid from the ground.”
“We misfired more than usual today on a few courts and played a bit too passive on others. We battled hard though and fought until the end. It was a battle but we came up short.”
The day got started as most matches have for the Noles this season, they earned the doubles point. Florida State jumped out to an early lead on courts two and three as court one was back and forth. Junior Andrea Garcia and sophomore Petra Hule picked up steam after Texas tied the match at two. The Seminole duo went on to win four of the next five games to take the match 6-3. Garcia and Hule are now 4-0 together this year.
After battling back and forth on court one senior Ana Oparenovic and sophomore Emmanuelle Salas took a 5-3 lead. Texas battled to narrow the lead to 5-4 before Florida State took court one 6-4 and the doubles point.
“We did an excellent job in doubles,” said Hyde. “We came out of the gate strong, with a lot of aggression and set the tone for the entire doubles point, all three courts. We are continuing to improve with that. I was really happy with how we started the day off.”
In singles, Texas jumped out to take four first sets and two early points. Court four was the first to finish as Texas’s 96th ranked Bojana Markovic defeated 109th ranked Nandini Das 6-2, 6-3. Texas then took their first lead of the match with a win on court five.
The Longhorns expanded their lead to 3-1 with a three-set win on court six and then clinched the match with another three-set win on court two.
“Four three-setters against one of the best teams in the country shows we are not too far off,” said Hyde. “Our best tennis is ahead of us, as I think everyone would agree that we weren’t quite at our best across the board.”
“We took our foot off the accelerator (in a few spots) heading into singles and we have to stay stronger and more aggressive at the start of singles. We did not play our best tennis today across the board today, but everyone knows we still have far to climb which keeps us excited looking ahead to another pair of ACC match-ups next week.”
Florida State heads on the road again next week to take on Georgia Tech on Friday, March 15th before they head home on Sunday, March 17th to take on Notre Dame alongside the FSU men’s tennis team.
#16 Texas 4, #17 Florida State University 1
Florida State University 11-3; National ranking #17
Texas 6-2; National ranking #16
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1); Singles (4,5,6,2)