BLACKSBURG, Va. – The 15th ranked Florida State women’s tennis team (10-2, 2-1) earned their first ACC road win on Friday with a 5-2 win over Virginia Tech (5-6, 1-3) in Blacksburg.
“Today was a grind out there on court,” said head coach Jennifer Hyde. “We expect to be a little uncomfortable when we come up here to play indoors. The girls did a great job of keeping their minds even though things weren’t firing at our best level. Days like today really challenge the strength of what you have going on in between your ears, and that is what I am most proud of today. It was a hard-earned, gritty ACC road win by our squad.”
Like it has been all season the Seminoles jumped out of the gates with a 1-0 lead after taking the doubles point for the 11th time in 12 matches. On court one senior Ana Oparenovic and sophomore Emmanuelle Salas dominated. The Seminole duo jumped out to a 5-0 lead before winning 6-1. It was their fourth doubles win by not allowing more than one point.
With a 1-0 lead in doubles, the Seminoles were down on courts two and three. After falling behind 2-0 early junior Andrea Garcia and sophomore Petra Hule kept battling to tie the match up at four. After falling behind 5-4 the Noles won three straight games to take court three 7-5 and clinch the doubles point.
Virginia Tech tied the match up early in singles with a 6-4, 6-1 win on court one. The Noles quickly bounced back as senior Ariana Rahmnaparast gathered her fifth straight singles win and eighth of the spring to give the Noles a 2-1 lead. Junior Nandini Das expanded the Noles lead to 3-1 with her ninth straight win. She won on court four 6-4, 6-4.
The final three matches all went to three sets with the match on the line. Garcia came in clutch as usual and took court six in three sets. After losing the first set she took the second in a tiebreaker and the third set in dominant fashion 6-1.
With the match already clinched, Virginia Tech earned their second point on court two with a three-set win. Salas finished off the match with a win in a tiebreaker. She lost the first set 3-6 before winning the second set 3-6. In the third, she jumped out to a 3-1 lead before her opponent tied things up at four. With things tied up at six-all, Salas dominated the tiebreaker, jumping out to a 5-0 lead before finishing off Virginia Tech 7-1. With that win, she remains tied with Rahmanparast at eight for the most singles wins this season.