TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The 20th ranked Florida State women’s tennis team (16-4, 8-2) finished off the weekend with a 5-2 win over Clemson (8-12, 2-8) at home.
“I am never going to underestimate a good ACC win and another check in the W box,” said head coach Jennifer Hyde. “Everyone is doing a good job but we made things a little more difficult than was necessary in a few spots but also did a good job of hanging in even when not feeling completely comfortable in moments.”
Just like it has been all season the Seminoles earned the doubles point. They have now taken a 1-0 lead in 18 of 20 doubles matches. Senior Ariana Rahmanparast and junior Carla Touly earned the first doubles win of the day with a 6-2 win on court two. They are now 9-2 together including winning their last four. Junior Andrea Garcia and sophomore Petra Hule finished off the Tigers in doubles win a 7-5 win on court three. They are now 9-1 together. Senior Ana Oparenovic and sophomore Emmanuelle Salas were up 5-4 against the No. 4 doubles team in the country but the match was unfinished.
“Another doubles point is always good to see,” said Hyde. “The girls are also implementing some things in doubles that we are talking about on the practice court. As they keep doing that, our doubles play will only continue to improve. Everyone is doing a good job, and the momentum continues to grow.’
Singles was a battle as the Noles took four first sets. They turned that into five second sets and three team points. Salas was first to finish as she won the first set 6-4. The second set was a fight as Salas and her opponent went back and forth. Down 6-5 Salas tied it up and took a 5-1 lead in the tiebreaker. She went on to win the tiebreaker 7-5 and give FSU a 2-0 lead.
Rahmanparast was next as she took court five. She claimed the first set 6-4 and the second set 6-3 on her way to her 11th dual match win of the spring. Oparenovic clinched the match with, win on court two. She cruised through the first set 6-0 and took a 3-0 lead in the second before her opponent tied it at four and then took a 5-4 lead. Ana took the last three games and clinched the match.
With the match already in the bag, Hule extended the team score lead to 5-0. After losing the first set 6-4, she came back to take the final two sets. She won the second set 6-3 and dominated the third 6-1 en route to her sixth dual match win this spring.
Clemson then grabbed their only two team points on courts one and six. 125th ranked Marie Leduc lost the first set to Touly 6-3 on court one before coming back to grab the final two sets 6-2, 6-3. Clemson then finished off the match with a three-set win on court six.
“Walking out of the weekend with two ACC wins was our exact goal and the girls executed it,” said Hyde. “We will enjoy these wins, and will discuss and learn exactly where we can continue to grow and improve. Then get back out to the practice court to prepare for another road trip next weekend with two huge ACC opportunities in front of us.”
Florida State is on the road next weekend to take on North Carolina and NC State.
#20 Florida State University 5, Clemson 2
Clemson 8-12, 2-8
Florida State University 16-4, 8-2; National ranking #20
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3); Singles (3,5,2,4,1,6)