Tallahassee, FLA. – It had been eight years since the FSU women hosted an NCAA tennis regional in Tallahassee and the 11th-ranked Seminoles looked like a team deserving of the role. In a match that took just over 90 minutes, FSU swept fourth-seeded South Alabama (22-5) Friday. The win moved the Seminoles (21-6) into the second round of the tournament where they will face No. 24 UCF Saturday at 3:00 p.m.
“It is really good to have the first match of the championships behind us,” said head coach Jenn Hyde. “We just want to continue to build more momentum.”
The Seminoles did not drop a set Friday afternoon as junior Carla Touly set the tone. The 31st-ranked player staked the Seminoles to a 2-0 lead with a swift 6-0, 6-1 win after FSU secured the doubles point earlier. Petra Hule and Andrea Garcia followed soon after with straight set wins to secure the match.
“It was important that we were efficient today. We did a great job at every spot of just taking care of the work, not a lot of wasted energy,” said Hyde. “We stayed focused on the task. It was exactly what it needed to be.”
The 4-0 win was much needed as FSU’s next opponent UCF rolled to a 4-0 win as well. The Golden Knights (23-3) upset No.2 seed Alabama to set up a rematch from a January meeting between the two schools. The Seminoles won that match 5-2 but UCF has won 21 of its last 23 matches since that meeting.
“We had a great battle with UCF earlier this season,” said Hyde. “This is a new season, a new time, a new match and a new lineup. Everything right now is a clean slate. It’s important tomorrow we come out swinging, playing confidently and continue to do what we’ve been doing well the last four months.”
The Seminoles will look to make their second straight trip to the Sweet 16 tomorrow at the Scott Speicher Memorial Tennis Center. Due to expected inclement weather, the match has been moved up to 3:00 p.m. Tickets are available online at Seminoles.com where there will also be a live stream for fans who are unable to attend in person.
South Alabama vs Florida State University
May 03, 2019 at Tallahassee, Fla.
(Scott Speicher Memorial Tennis Center)
#10 Florida State University 4, South Alabama 0
South Alabama 22-5
Florida State University 21-6; National ranking #11
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1); Singles (1,3,6)