GREENVILLE, S.C. – The Florida State women’s tennis team continued competition at the Debbie Southern Fall Classic on Saturday, and was highlighted by a big doubles win that saw Carla Touly and Emmanuelle Salas defeat the No. 21 doubles pair in the country out of Texas and another big singles win by Salas over the No. 30 ranked singles player.
“We saw a lot of good tennis from the girls today,” said head coach Jennifer Hyde. “We set the tone with doubles. We won three of four doubles matches and had match point in the fourth. Carla and Emmanuelle had a big ranked win over the No. 21 ranked team in the country. Emmanuelle followed that up by beating a very seasoned player from Vanderbilt (No. 30 Christina Rosca), getting her first collegiate singles win. Ana had a great singles win as well and won a good doubles match with Petra.”
The day started with the final round of doubles play before the completion of the second of three singles rounds.
The Seminoles went 3-1 in doubles on the day and finished the tournament with an 8-4 doubles record. In doubles flight one, junior Carla Touly and sophomore Emmanuelle Salas earned third place after taking down the No. 21 ranked doubles pair in the country of Granic/Markovic of Texas.
In flight two, senior Ana Oparenovic and sophomore Petra Hule completed play with an 8-4 win over Furman’s Weymouth/Vines in the back draw final.
Doubles flight three saw another back draw champion wearing garnet and gold as senior Julia Mikulski and junior Andrea Garcia earned an 8-6 win over South Carolina’s Davies/Rohrabacher. On the other side of the bracket, senior Ariana Rahmanparast and junior Nandini Das were competing in the championship match of flight three. They came up just short losing in a tiebreaker 8-7 (3) to Georgia Tech’s Deminova/Flores.
Singles play saw the Noles earn four more wins. Salas and Oparenovic both earned their first singles wins in a Florida State uniform and will be competing in the consolation finals match tomorrow. Salas earned a big win over the No. 30 ranked singles player Christina Rosca of Vanderbilt. Mikulski earned her second singles win of the tournament with a 6-3, 6-1 over Tamara Racine of Mississippi State and will be competing in the flight five finals tomorrow. Rahmanparast finished up singles play for the Noles with a 6-3, 6-4 win over Alex Angyalosy of Clemson to advance to the singles flight 8 consolation finals.
The Debbie Southern Fall Classic will be wrapped up tomorrow beginning at 9 a.m.
“I felt like the energy was a lot better today and the execution was a lot better. Tomorrow is our opportunity to compete and improve. What I am looking forward too is for us to be a third-day team and come out and leave this tournament knowing we competed hard.”
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