TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The season came to an end for the Florida State women’s tennis team (21-7) on Saturday in Tallahassee after a 4-1 loss to No. 24 UCF (24-3).
“I love these girls. It is an incredible group of young ladies,” said head coached Jennifer Hyde. “They’ve done amazing things this year. They’ll be stamped in the history books to be the best team ever to come through this program. They have a lot to be proud of and a lot of reasons to hold their heads high.”
The Seminoles had an impressive season earning 21 wins for the fourth time in program history and the second time in the last two season. The Noles also earned their most ACC wins in a season with 11, earning them a three seed in the ACC Tournament. Florida State also earned a program-high team ranking when they were ranked 10th earlier in the season.
After an over four-hour delay, the Noles and Knights got off to a battle in doubles. Florida State grabbed court three as junior Andrea Garcia and sophomore Petra Hule won 6-4. UCF tied the doubles point up with a 6-4 win of their own on court two. Senior Ana Oparenovic and sophomore Emmanuelle Salas took an early 5-1 lead on court one before they would go on to lose the final six games and lose court one and the doubles point.
“The delay is what it is,” said Hyde. “Both sides had to deal with the same circumstance. It’s not a reason or an excuse. Bottom line is UCF did a great job. They just punched us in the throat. When they were down they punched us in the throat…when they were up and they came in here on a mission. They were better than us today, hands down. Big credit to them. They were not going to be denied today. We didn’t quite go for it when we needed to go for it today. We played a little to protect instead of to prove…credit to UCF they earned it for sure.”
Florida State came out in singles and took three first sets. Salas got the Noles on the board as she tied the match at one dominating 82nd ranked Ksenia Kuznetsova 6-1, 6-1 on court two.
UCF then took back the lead with a 6-2, 6-4 win on court four. They expanded their lead to 3-1 with a 6-2, 6-4 win on court six and then clinched the match with a 6-3, 6-4 win on court one.
Junior Carla Touly continues her season later this month in the NCAA Singles Championship. She is joined by the Seminole pair of Ana Oparenovic and Emmanuelle Salas who will be competing in the NCAA Doubles Championship all beginning on Monday, May 20th.
#24 UCF 4, #11 Florida State University 1
UCF 24-3; National ranking #24
Florida State University 21-7; National ranking #11
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (2,4,6,1)
MATCH WAS DELAYED DUE TO WEATHER FROM 3:00 TO 7:00