April 2, 2022 - by

Women’s Tennis Sweeps Singles Play In Win Vs. Tulane

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Seminoles.com) – Trailing 1-0 following doubles play, the 40th-ranked Florida State Women’s Tennis team earned a 4-1 win following a dominant singles performance vs. Tulane on Saturday afternoon at the Florida State Indoor Tennis Courts.

“There was a slow start in doubles where our energy was less as well as our focus and sharpness, but I’m proud of how we moved through that very quickly,” FSU Head Coach Jennifer Hyde said. “It took us some games, but we competed, executed and were dialed in during singles from 1-6. I was impressed. It’s a requirement to have short term memory when the doubles point goes the other way and we proved that today.”

Sophomore Anna Arkadianou clinched the non-conference win over the Green Wave (10-7) when she won her match against Adelaide Lavery in straight sets, 6-1, 6-4. The win improves Arkadianou’s singles record to 9-7 this season. She continues to build off last Sunday’s big win over 10th-ranked Reilly Tran of North Carolina.

Senior and 15th-ranked Petra Hule had to battle in her two-set win over Mackenzie Clark, but managed to get by with a 6-4, 6-2 victory. Hule is now 16-1 in singles competition this year, having won 12 of her last 13 singles matches in the spring.

“When you’re in the top spot or two, you don’t get a day off,” Hyde said of Hule. “It’s exhausting. You have to be ready in that spot because you’re always being hunted. You’re going to get someone’s best effort.

“For Petra, she knows there are no days off for her. When she’s on the court she has to perform at a high level and sustain it. She did a tremendous job of that against a fast and physical opponent.”

Redshirt senior Kianah Motosono played a complete match against Tulane’s Charlotte Russell, earning a 6-4, 6-0 sweep on the No. 5 court. Motosono gets back to .500 in singles competition this year at 8-8.

Returning to the courts was sophomore Victoria Allen, who also won in straight sets at 6-3, 6-1, on Saturday out of the No. 2 spot. Allen is 5-5 this year playing at No. 2 singles and is 7-7 overall.

Tulane took the doubles point early as Russell and Lahari Yelamanchili clinched the 1-0 advantage, 6-4, over Hule and Arkadianou. The Green Wave won its other finished match as well at 6-2.

Both Lesedi Jacobs and Olympe Lancelot did not finish their matches after FSU clinched the win following Arkadianou’s finish. The two Seminoles looked strong on Saturday, with Jacobs leading Kristen Borland, 6-2, 4-3, and Lancelot showing a 6-2, 4-1 lead over Jiayun Zhu.

‘It was fantastic to have six bodies out there today for the first time in a while,” said Hyde.  “We took full advantage of that today.”

Florida State has won three of its past four matches as it closes out the regular season with four more ACC matches. In that winning stretch, the Seminoles have defeated Virginia Tech on the road (4-3), No. 10 Duke at home (4-2) and Tulane on Saturday afternoon.

FSU improves to 10-8 overall this season and has jumped 19 spots over the last week in the ITA national rankings.

The Seminoles get back into ACC play when they travel to Louisville for a match on Friday, April 8, at 4 p.m.

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