April 27, 2017 - by
Women’s Tennis Starts Strong, Falls to UNC in ACC Quarters

Rome, Ga. – The No. 41 Florida State women’s tennis team (16-11, 8-7 ACC) took the doubles point but were unable to come up with the victory in a 4-1 loss to No. 5 North Carolina (28-2, 14-1 ACC) in the quarterfinals of the ACC Championship at the Rome Tennis Center on Friday afternoon. The Seminoles came out swinging in doubles and bested the Tar Heels on court two and three to claim the doubles point, just the fifth time the Heels have conceeded the doubles point all year.

Florida State has now won 17 doubles points on the year. North Carolina’s top pair of Hayley Carter/Jessie Aney, the top-ranked doubles point in the country won on court one, but the Seminole pair of Ariana Rahmanparast/Nandini Das took court two 6-4.

The doubles point came down to court three, where Daniela Schippers and Gabriella Castaneda defeated North Carolina’s Sara Daavettila/Makenna Jones 7-5 to take a 1-0 lead.

In singles, No. 113 Julia Mikulski took the first set 6-4 over No. 32 Aney, and Andrea Garcia won a first set tiebreak 7-6(6) over No. 97 Makenna Jones on court five.

The Seminoles continued to battle, as Castaneda took Carter, the ACC Player of the Year and No. 2 player in the nation, 7-5 in the second set. Schippers and Das also fought hard, falling 7-5 in the second sets as UNC went up 3-1 in singles play.

Both Schippers and Castaneda lead 5-3 in the second sets, but were unable to capitalize as North Carolina went on to clinch the courts.

By that time, Mikulski and Rahmanparast were in third sets as Rahmanparast took the second set tiebreak 7-6(5) to extend the match.

Eventually, the Tar Heels were able to pull away in the third, clinching the match 4-6, 6-1, 6-2 on court three.

With the Seminoles firmly ranked in the ITA poll, they will wait to discover postseason outcomes, as the selections for the NCAA Championships will be released on Tuesday, May 2 at 5:30 p.m.

Head Coach Jennifer Hyde

“Once again we came out and battled unbelievably hard. Getting that doubles point was critical and we had a lead there at number three to clinch it, just battled. We’ve talked so much the last couple days about just holding on and hanging around, and every single court did today. Every single court we battled and if you look at the scores, every match was tight and there was a lot of points that could have gone either way. They were just a little bit better.

I think we competed as good as we did against Virginia the other day and as good as we continue to bring that every time we compete. The controllables that we have are how we compete and our attitudes and they are absolutely dominating that right now and I couldn’t be more proud of them for that.”

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#5 North Carolina 4, #41 Florida State 1

Singles competition

1. #2 Hayley Carter (NC) def. Gabriella Castaneda (FS) 6-2, 7-5

2. #15 Sara Daavettila (NC) def. Nandini Das (FS) 6-1, 7-5

3. #32 Jessie Aney (NC) def. #113 Julia Mikulski (FS) 4-6, 6-1, 6-2

4. #66 Alexa Graham (NC) def. Daniela Schippers (FS) 6-1, 7-5

5. #97 Makenna Jones (NC) vs. Andrea Garcia (FS) 6-7, 4-5, unfinished

6. Chloe Ouellet-Pizer (NC) vs. Ariana Rahmanparast (FS) 6-2, 6-7, 5-2, unfinished

Doubles competition

1. #1 Hayley Carter/Jessie Aney (NC) def. Julia Mikulski/Andrea Garcia (FS) 6-0

2. Ariana Rahmanparast/Nandini Das (FS) def. Cassandra Vazquez/Alexa Graham (NC) 6-4

3. Gabriella Castaneda/Daniela Schippers (FS) def. Sara Daavettila/Makenna Jones (NC) 7-5

Match Notes:

Order of finish: Doubles (1,2,3); Singles (1,4,2,3)

ACC Women’s Tennis Championship Quarterfinals

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