TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida State women’s tennis team swept the doubles brackets and went undefeated in singles on the second day of the FSU All-Conference Showdown. The Noles went 4-0 in doubles and 6-0 in singles to improve to 22-1 on the weekend.
“It was another solid day from the girls,” said head coach Jennifer Hyde. “We pushed a bit more today than in the past as expected. We responded well and made adjustments.”
The day got started with all three Seminole pairs in the finals of each doubles bracket.
Juniors Ariana Rahmanparast and Julia Mikulski started the winning ways for the Garnet and Gold with a win over East Tennessee State in the Spear bracket finals. The Seminole duo took an early 2-1 lead but fell behind 3-4. The Noles pair regained their rhythm and finished off the match with an 8-6 victory.
Freshman Petra Hule and sophomore Andrea Garcia captured the Noles second doubles victory with an 8-6 win over USF. The match was back-and-forth but Hule and Garcia were able to take the last two points to seal the victory. Hule and Garcia finished the fall with an 11-2 doubles record together.
Senior Gabby Castaneda and sophomore Nandini Das finished off the doubles sweep for Florida State with a tough battle. The Seminole pair was up 7-3 before they got forced into a tiebreaker. The tiebreaker was neck-and-neck before Castaneda and Das pulled out an 8-7 (6) win.
Florida State followed up an impressive doubles showing with an equally impressive singles showing, which included six Seminole victories and five Noles advancing the finals of their bracket.
Hule was the first Seminole to advance in singles with a quick 6-2, 6-0 win in the Gold bracket against Furman. She will take on Monica Matias of UCF in the finals tomorrow.
Rahmanparast quickly followed with a 6-4, 6-3 victory over ETSU. She will take on Christina Jordan of West Virginia tomorrow
Prochazkova brought in the third win for the Garnet and Gold with a 6-2, 6-4 win over West Virginia.
Das was in a tough three-set battle in the Garnet bracket semifinals. Das won the first set 6-4 before losing the second set 7-5. In the third set, Das jumped out to an early 4-1 lead before finishing off Troy 6-4. Das will take on Vanja Klaric of USF in the Garnet finals tomorrow.
Castaneda got her first singles win of the tournament against ETSU. She went down early in the first set before coming back to win it 7-5. The second set was a little easier as Castaneda defeated her opponent 6-4.
Garcia wrapped up the day for the Seminoles with their sixth singles victory. She defeated ETSU 6-2 in the first set and 7-5 in the second set.
“Tomorrow we have a chance to win five singles flight championships, said Hyde. “I am expecting the girls to come ready to play and finish the fall season on the best note possible.”
Florida State finishes play at the FSU All-Conference Showdown tomorrow at 9 a.m. with the championship singles round.
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Doubles Championship Round
Zorani/Grambeau (UW) def. Herlina/Seizer (Troy) 8-1
Rahmanparast/Mikulski (FSU) def. Ma/Esguerra (ETSU) 8-6
Prochazkova (FSU)/(USF) def. Duran/Caputo (WVU) 8-5
Walter/Walks (Furman) def. Martinez/White (WVU) 8-5
Reimchen/Burich (Iowa) def. Ferrett/Kerman (Furman) 8-3
Castaneda/Das (FSU) def. Ohta/Karaky (Troy) 8-7 (6)
Kermet/Zirilli (MTSU) def. Bordes/Granstrom (UCF) 8-7 (9)
Rompf/Pick (UW) def. Courteau/Choo (WVU) 8-7 (5)
Hule/Garcia (FSU) def. Dzenga/Klaric (USF) 8-6
Pereira/Markesini (ETSU) def. Matias/Serrano (UCF) 8-5
Weymouth/ Korzarov def. Ito/Malinen (WKU) retired
Van Heuvelen/Huckleby (Iowa) def. Jordan/Goetz (WVU) 8-5
Petra Hule (FSU) def. Katarina Kozarov (Furman) 6-2, 6-0
Nandini Das (FSU) def. Sanae Ohta (Troy) 6-5, 5-7, 6-4
Gabby Castaneda (FSU) def. Alory Pereira (ETSU) 7-5, 6-4
Ari Rahmanparast (FSU) def. Melissa Esguerra (ETSU) 6-4, 6-3
Andrea Garcia (FSU) def. Yi Chi Ma (ETSU) 6-2, 7-5
Luci Prochazkova (FSU) def. Giovanna Caputo (WVU) 6-2, 6-4