Tallahassee, FL – It has been almost a year since the sixth-ranked FSU women’s tennis team played a conference match. On Saturday in Clemson, SC, the Seminoles didn’t seem to be at all rusty. FSU cruised to a 6-1 win over the Tigers to move to 6-1 on the season and 15-5 in its last 20 regular season ACC matches.
“It’s always good to get on the road for ACC play and pick up a quick win,” said FSU Head Coach Jen Hyde. “We did a great job across the board. Winning 6-1 is a pretty big statement. I am pleased with the level we are playing at right now.”
FSU took the early lead by securing the doubles point. After falling on court two, Andrea Garcia & Nandini Das improved to 8-0 on the season with a 6-4 win on court three. The Seminoles then took the doubles point when Giulia Pairone and Victoria Allen, playing together for the first time, won their match 6-4 as well.
“We mixed up some of the doubles and found a way to grab that doubles point,” said Hyde. “We have to start more aggressively in all three spots moving forward. That’s one thing we learned in doubles today. We have to play with a lot more intention to start the match.”
In singles, the Seminoles won in straight sets in each match on courts 2-6. Emmanuelle Salas won 6-2, 7-5 on court two, Das won 6-2, 7-5 on court three, on court four Anna Arkdianou won 6-3, 6-2, Petra Hule won 6-0, 6-2 on five and Garcia won 6-3, 6-0 on court six to move to 9-0 on the season.
“Excellent job in getting quick first sets and big leads on most of the courts in singles,” said Hyde. “I don’t think we gave them much hope after that. I was proud of the effort. I was proud of the complete match mentality. The girls played complete matches today. It was really important that we continue to establish that as the norm. We need to hang in there from the first point until the end mentally.”
Next up for FSU is an ACC showdown with No. 12 Georgia Tech Sunday at noon. The 12th-ranked Yellow Jackets are 7-4 entering today’s match versus Miami and feature a top five doubles team and three ranked singles players. The Jackets have lost both duals in 2021 to ranked opponents.
“Now we head to Atlanta and we are excited to play Georgia Tech,” said Hyde. “We aren’t sure if we’ll be inside or outside but we are ready for our next ACC opportunity. We are really primed for it after today’s match and the performance we had today behind us.”
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