Tampa, Fla./Evanston, Ill. – The Florida State women’s tennis team finished play at the Bedford Cup and Wildcat Invitational on Sunday. In doubles at the Bedford Cup, Florida State earned two third-place finishes. At the Wildcat Invitational, the Seminoles took home a singles and a doubles championship.
“Going 6-0 to finish off the weekend, and bringing home two flight championships at the Wildcat Invitational feels really good,” said head coach Jennifer Hyde.
Senior Gabby Castaneda and sophomore Gabby Goldin defeated Irina Karangozishvili and Eva Nyikos of North Florida, 6-4, for third place at The Bedford Cup. Freshman Lucie Prochazkova and her partner Emilia Granstrom also earned third place in their doubles flight shutting out Jennifer Leib and Marisa Ruiz from FAU 6-0.
In singles, Castaneda squared off against Jessica Cortes from USF in the consolation finals. She brought down Cortes, 6-3, 6-4.
“It was a great weekend to work on things that needed polishing,” said Castaneda. “It felt amazing to be out there competing in the first fall tournament of my senior year. I look forward to continuing to work hard alongside my team in preparation for the season.”
Goldin defeated Alexandria Mjos of USF in two sets. She started off with a 6-3 win in the first set and finished off Mjos with a 6-4 win in the second set. With that win, Goldin took home third place in her flight.
“After a lot of tennis, it was important to finish strong,” said assistant coach Jaime Sanchez-Canamares Rios. “Gabby (Castaneda) and Gabby (Goldin) played great matches today.”
Freshman Lucie Prochazkova took on Vicky Geurinckx from Stetson in the consolation finals. She fought in a tough three-set match that resulted in a win for Geurinckx. The first set went 6-2 in favor of Prochazkova, but she lost the second set 6-3. In the third set, Prochazkova and Geurinckx went into a tiebreaker. Geurinckx came out on top 7-6(3).
“Lucie had a really long and hard match with good moments,” said Sanchez-Canamares Rios. “She did a lot of positive things that she will be able to build off of.”
The Garnet and Gold finished off the Wildcat Invitational in dominating fashion. All four Noles won their singles matches, including a singles championship from sophomore Nandini Das, and a doubles championship from freshman Petra Hule and sophomore Andrea Garcia.
Das took on Aslina Chua from Michigan State in the finals. She took the first set from Chua 7-5. Das did not let Chua get a point in the second set as she shut her out 6-0.
“A big congrats to Nandini for winning her singles flight this weekend,” said Hyde. “She’s showing a lot of growth and maturity in her game and in how she is competing. She is taking many steps in the right direction this fall.”
Junior Ariana Rahmanparast defeated Georgie Sanders from UIC in straight sets 6-3, 6-4.
“Ari struggled to find her range yesterday, but came out today playing much more consistent tennis,” said Hyde. “That is her biggest strength, and she was very solid today.”
Hule and Garcia both went three sets in their final matches. Hule took the first set 6-1 but lost the second set 6-4. The third set was close, but Hule was able to squeak out a 7-6 third set win.
“Petra did a great job battling out a third set tiebreaker to win her match today,” said Hyde. “She was composed and level-headed, and that helped her a lot today.”
Garcia lost the first set 6-1 but made a complete turnaround in sets two and three. Garcia did not allow Margo Pletcher of Utah to win a game in sets two and three, winning 6-0, 6-0 in the final two sets.
“Andrea started a little slow in singles, but settled in nicely and did exactly what she needed to do to win today,” said Hyde.
In doubles, the Noles kept it rolling going 2-0. Hule and Garcia brought home the doubles championship in the Maroon bracket as they defeated Callie Frey and Luisa Varon from Pitt, 6-3. Das and Rahmanparast defeated Georgie Sanders and Lujla Colic of UIC, 6-4.
“Andrea and Petra grabbed their flight championship today in doubles, and won 4 straight matches to make that happen,” said Hyde. “They complemented one another very well all weekend, and improved every match.”
The Noles went a perfect 6-0 between singles and doubles on the last day of the Wildcat Invitational.
“Overall, I like how we are competing right now,” said Hyde. “We still have so much to work on this fall and things to sharpen up. I’m happy with how we performed and competed. I’m very excited looking ahead to preparing for and competing in our ITA Regionals in 3 weeks.”
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