September 23, 2018 - by
Women’s Tennis Finishes the Debbie Southern Fall Classic With a Strong Showing


GREENVILLE, S.C. – The Debbie Southern Fall Classic got wrapped up on Sunday and the Florida State women’s tennis team earned five wins.

Florida State earned two consolation finals victories to go along with a second and third place finish.

“I’m very pleased with the progress we made this weekend,” said head coach Jennifer Hyde. “We are returning back home a better team than we were when we left on Thursday, and that is always the goal during your first event of the fall.”

Senior Ana Oparenovic finished up her first tournament as a Seminole with a 6-1, 6-2 win over Tijana Spasojevic of Texas in the flight three consolation finals. Oparenivic finished the tournament 2-1 in singles and 2-1 in doubles.

“Ana had a challenging Friday, but since that day, has been in total domination mode,” said Hyde. “She grew a lot from Friday to Sunday.”

In flight four, sophomore Petra Hule earned her first singles win of the fall with a dominating performance. She took down Danni Vines of Furman 7-5, 6-0. Junior Andrea Garcia joined her in the win column with a 6-0, 6-4 win over Ally Miller of Clemson.

“Petra and Andrea both worked hard and found some solid footing after some adversity over the weekend,” said Hyde.

Senior Ariana Rahmanparast and junior Nandini Das finished off the winning for the Noles. Rahmanparast earned a consolation finals win in flight eight due to a default, while Das earned a third-place finish in flight six with a three-set win over Emma Kurtz of Vanderbilt (4-6, 7-5, 6-4).

“Nandini played some really solid tennis again today, and played another ‘complete’ mental and physical match,” said Hyde. “The level was very high, and in her third set, she fought off a 1-4 deficit to win five straight games to win. She went and took that match.”

In flight five, senior Julia Mikulski came up just short of a flight championship as she lost to Emily Smith of Vanderbilt 6-4, 6-3 in the flight championship.

“Julia played for her flight championship today after two very solid and steady days of competing,” said Hyde. “She came up just short today, but she had a heck of a weekend. She’s playing very well (in both singles and doubles), and the work she put in over the summer is showing through.”

Sophomore Emmanuelle Salas finished her weekend with a loss to No. 88 Eliza Omirou of Wake Forest. Salas lost the first set 6-1 before she retired.

The Seminoles will be back in competition next week at the ITA All-American PQ/Q begins on September 29th.

“We had some pretty spectacular personal performances, both mentally and physically, in both singles and doubles, and everyone is walking away from this weekend with improvements and growth, on many levels,” said Hyde. “This is exactly what we needed as we head into another level of competition starting next weekend at the Riviera All American event in California.”

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