CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. – The 15th ranked Florida State women’s tennis team (14-3, 6-1) earned a hard-fought 4-3 win over Boston College (11-6, 2-6) on Friday afternoon.
“Playing on four courts, we added another very solid team effort in the books for the Noles,” said head coach Jennifer Hyde. “That was a hard fought battle against a very good Boston College team today, and we were fortunate to leave that facility with another ACC road win. We had some chances to put the final nail in the coffin early, but as expected in this very good ACC conference, another couple of battles are still in front of us. I am very proud of how we handled the big, pressure moments today. The environment was challenging, but we stayed very tough throughout. Every court fought their tails off, every player contributed to this win today.”
Florida State jumped out to a one-point lead after taking their 15th doubles match of the season. The Seminoles dominated the doubles point taking all three courts 6-2.
“I was very happy to see all three doubles teams come out and set the tone early on all three courts,” said Hyde. “We keep seeing those improvements as the semester grows longer, and they did a great job today taking charge. We will continue to keep getting better.”
The Noles started singles by taking just two of six first sets. Senior Ana Oparenovic gave Florida State a quick 2-0 lead after a 6-2, 6-1 win on court four. It improved her to 2-0 on court four and 8-7 this spring. Junior Carla Touly expanded the Seminole lead to 3-0 after a 6-3, 6-2 win on court one over 64th ranked Yufei Long. It was Touly’s eighth ranked win this year.
“Carla and Ana both wasted no time getting and keeping control of their matches,” said Hyde. “They both played their games today even better than they have been, and again, we keep seeing those improvements and keep seeing that belief grow. Getting those two quick points on the board and a 3-0 lead proved critical today.”
Boston College fought back to tie it up taking courts two, three and five, all in three sets. Florida State lost the first set in all three before winning the second to force a third set. That was not enough as Boston College came back to tie the match up at three.
“We lost two very close three-setters on courts two and three, and had match points there to clinch the match early,” said Hyde. “credit to BC, they kept battling and won at court two with a difference of one or two points going their way in the end. It was a very mild separation.”
With the match on the line, it all came down to junior Andrea Garcia, who had clinched two matches prior to this one. She lost the first set 6-2 but rebounded to take a tough second set 7-5. With the match a third set on the last court, Garcia came in clutch, winning 6-3 and clinching the match for the Noles.
“After waiting for courts to open up for matches one through four to conclude, Dre and Jules both started a bit slow and lost their first sets,” said Hyde. “They were possibly distracted at the start of their matches due to the action taking place on courts two and three. They both battled back to even their matches one set all. Dre took the opportunity today to be in that moment of pressure to clinch in the third, and in turn played her most poised, most disciplined and smartest tennis of the day when it mattered the most in that final set.”
“I’m very proud of this group for their fight today,” said Hyde. “We didn’t play our best in every spot, and we are still improving but we are battling out there, from the beginning of matches until the end. You can’t teach that. A team either has that, or they don’t. That is exactly what was required today to get this hard-earned win.”
Florida State continues to travel north as they take on Syracuse Sunday at 11 am.
“We have a quick turn-around to face another very good ACC team in Syracuse on Sunday,” said Hyde. “We expect nothing short of an absolute dogfight on Sunday, and can’t wait to get back out there.”
# 15 Florida State University 4, Boston College 3
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2,3); Singles (4,1,3,2,5,6)