SYRACUSE, NY. – The 15th ranked Florida State women’s tennis team (14-4, 6-2) fell in a hard-fought 4-3 match against Syracuse (11-6, 4-4) on Sunday afternoon.
“It was another very tough ACC battle out there today, with the separation in the match outcome being only a few points, which unfortunately didn’t go our way,” said head coach Jennifer Hyde. “There were some very important individual successes today, but as a team, today’s loss is a tough one to take. You have to really play your tail off to take four singles matches from this Florida State team, but Syracuse did that today, so credit to them.”
Florida State jumped out of the gates with a 1-0 lead after taking their 16th doubles point in 18 matches. The Noles swept the doubles point with 6-3 wins on courts one and two, and a 6-2 win on court three. All three courts took an early lead and continued to dominate on their way to winning. Senior Ana Oparenovic and sophomore Emmanuelle Salas battled to a 2-1 lead before taking court one 6-3 over Syracuse’s 71st ranked Knutson and Ramirez. Senior Ariana Rahmanparast and junior Carla Touly took to a 3-2 lead before taking court two and junior Andrea Garcia and sophomore Petra Hule gathered a 3-0 lead before capping off doubles with a 6-2 win on court three.
In singles, Syracuse struck first on court one. The Orange’s 40th ranked Gabriela Knutson took the first set 6-4 before taking the second set 6-0. Rahmanparst quickly gave the Noles the lead with a dominating performance on court six. She captured the first set 6-4 and dominated the second 6-1 en route to giving FSU a 2-1 lead.
Junior Nandini Das expanded the Seminole lead to 3-1. She dominated on court four winning 6-1, 6-2 for her 9th dual match win this spring. Syracuse narrowed the Florida State lead by taking the match on court five. Hule lost the first set 6-1 and fell behind 5-1 in the second before showing fight to bring the set to 5-4. She was not able to pull it off as Syracuse won the second set 6-4. Syracuse then tied the match up with a win on court two. They took the first set 6-2 but Salas was up in the second set before the Orange came back to force a tiebreaker that they went on to win.
For the third time in four matches, it all came down to the final court. Senior Ana Oparenovic took the first set 6-3 before losing the second set 6-4. She fell behind 2-1 early in the final set before coming back to take a 3-2 lead. The two kept swapping points until it was tied at five. Syracuse went on to win the final two games to take court three and the match.
“I think a loss like this is coming at the most opportune time, as we head into another round of big home ACC matches next weekend,” said Hyde. “This one today stings badly, and it should but I also know this team just got a little more dangerous because of how hard this loss hits. Now we will reset our focus on recovery in the next couple of days, followed by some very specific preparation for Wake and Clemson next weekend.”
Florida State is back home next weekend to host Wake Forest on March 29th and Clemson on March 31st.
#32 Syracuse 4, #15 Florida State 3
Florida State 14-4, 6-2 ACC; National ranking #15
Syracuse 11-6, 4-4 ACC; National ranking #32
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2,3); Singles (1,6,4,5,2,3)