TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The 14/20th ranked Florida State women’s tennis team (6-1) swept their doubleheader on Saturday, defeating Florida Gulf Coast 4-0 in the morning and North Florida 4-0 in the afternoon. They have now shutout their opponent in five of seven matches this season.
“I am really proud of the girls,” said head coach Jennifer Hyde. “We did a good job today of getting good control of the matches, and everyone is implementing things into their matches that we are focusing on in practices. That’s exactly how we will continue to improve.”
The day began with an early morning match against FGCU that saw the Seminole dominate. They got off to a hot start in doubles winning quickly on courts one and two. Senior Ariana Rahmanparast and junior Carla Touly were first off winning 6-2 on court two. Senior Julia Mikulski and junior Andrea Garcia followed that up to clinch the doubles point with a 6-2 win of their own on court one.
The Noles got off to a quick start in singles against FGCU as well, winning all six first sets. Rahmanparast won her fifth dual match this spring to give the Noles a 2-0 lead. She shutout her opponent in the first set winning 6-0 and went on to take the second set 6-2.
Courts three was the next to finish as sophomore Petra Hule earned her second singles win of the spring with a 6-4, 6-4 win on court three. She was quickly followed up by senior Ana Oparenovic on court one who clinched the match. It was her second match-clinching win of the season.
“We adjusted well to the consistent winds that were a factor today and used the wind to our advantage,” said Hyde. “We played so much indoor tennis this last month and the girls made some great adjustments this week with that change from indoors to outdoors.”
The afternoon did not go much differently than the morning as the Noles ran through North Florida. Florida State swept the doubles point, winning it for their seventh time in as many matches. Rahmanparast and Touly earned the first doubles win with a 6-0 win on court two. Mikulski and Garcia clinched the doubles point with a 6-2 win on court one. The Garnet and Gold rounded out doubles play with a 6-3 win from Das and Oparenovic on court three.
Florida State flew through singles play winning in straight sets on courts one, four and five. Court four was first to finish as Rahmanparast earned a 6-3, 6-0 win. Oparenovic was next, winning 6-3, 6-1 on court one. Just seconds after Mikulski clinched her first match of the season and improved to 3-0 in dual matches this spring with a 6-1, 6-3 win on court five.
“Everyone is stepping up, doing their job and taking care of their own courts and their own games,” said Hyde. “It is a great thing to have so much confidence in all eight bodies no matter who is competing in any spot. I am very proud of that total team effort, and we look to grow upon that in the coming months. I was also very happy with the energy we brought out today for both matches.”
Florida State will be back in action next Saturday as they welcome in-state rival Miami (12 pm) into town. The Noles will also play Florida A&M at 5 pm.
“Now, starting tomorrow, our focus turns to our preparation for both ‘Miami week’, and for ‘Florida week’ which is a few days after,” said Hyde. “Things are going to get very exciting in these next couple of weeks as we prepare for those two huge in-state rivalries, as well as the start of ACC play.”
#20 Florida State University 4, FGCU 0
Florida State University 5-1; National ranking #20
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1,3); Singles (5,3,1)
#20 Florida State University 4, North Florida 0
North Florida 2-2
Florida State University 6-1; National ranking #20
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1,3); Singles (4,1,5)