PITTSBURGH, Pa. – The 15th ranked Florida State women’s tennis team (11-2, 3-1) finished their weekend road trip 2-0 with a 6-1 win over Pitt (4-8, 0-6).
“Overall, it was a very solid weekend of play for us,” said head coach Jennifer Hyde. “Anytime you can go on the road in the ACC and grab some road wins is good. You know it is going to be tough and our girls managed it really well. This was a brutal road trip with fighting some weather and some long drives and I am so impressed with how it was a non-issue when it came time to compete.”
As it has been all season the Seminoles took the doubles point. They have now taken 12 of 13 doubles points this year. Senior Ana Oparenovic and junior Nandini Das earned the first doubles win for the Noles with a dominant 6-1 win on court two. The pair is now 2-0 together this season. The doubles point was capped off with an easy win on court three. Junior Andrea Garcia and sophomore Petra Hule improved to 3-0 together after a 6-2 win over Pitt’s Lucas and Perez Noguera.
“We have continued to do a good job in doubles making adjustments and grabbing that doubles point,” said Hyde. “We had a couple of different partnerships in there today and they did a fantastic job of owning their courts.”
After cruising through doubles, the Seminoles put together a dominating performance in singles. Hule gave the Noles a 2-0 lead with a 6-2, 6-3 win on court six. Oparenovic quickly backed that up with a 6-3, 6-2 straight set win on court two.
Senior Julia Mikulski clinched her second match of the season on court four with a 6-2, 6-1 win. With the match already clinched, the Noles kept winning. Junior Carla Touly earned her sixth win over a ranked opponent on court one taking it 7-6, 6-1 over Pitt’s 99th ranked Claudia Bartolome. Das backed her up with another win to give the Noles 6-0 lead with her 10th straight win. She won the first set 6-3 before losing the second 6-3. With the match already clinched the third set was a tiebreaker and Das won that 10-4.
The match finished with Pitt earning their only point. Pitt’s Natsumi Okamoto defeated senior Ariana Rahmanparast 10-7 in a third set tiebreaker.
“It is really good to get a couple more ACC wins under our belt as we head to Austin, Texas to take on No. 9 Texas Friday afternoon. We are going to switch gears very quickly to get ready for that big opportunity.”
Florida State will be back in action next weekend as they take on Texas on Friday, March 8th.
#15 Florida State University 6, Pitt 1
Florida State University 11-2, 3-1 ACC; National ranking #15
Pitt 4-8, 0-6 ACC
Order of finish: Doubles