TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida State women’s tennis team finished off the Seminole All-Conference Showdown with four singles championships to add to their one singles championship earned a day ago. The Noles went 15-2 in singles and 7-2 in doubles throughout the weekend.
“I am very pleased with how we closed out the fall season,” said head coach Jennifer Hyde. “I am very happy to grab five flight championships this weekend and only lose four matches. Having a chance to play at home certainly gave us a chance to see why we have so much to be excited about come the spring when we have the whole team here. The fall has been great, developmentally, for each of the girls and that has to continue from now until after Christmas Break. So much work has been put in and I think the results of the fall showed that, but we still have so much work left to do to get to where we want to go. I am very proud of the girls and how they competed and represented at home.”
Senior Ariana Rahmanparast earned the Seminole’s first title with a Flight E Championship win over Raquel Amaro of East Tennessee State 6-3, 6-0. It was the second year in a row that Rahmanparast won her flight at the All-Conference Showdown.
The Garnet and Gold grabbed the Flight B Championship with a big win by senior Ana Oparenovic. She defeated Katty Weymouth of Furman 6-3, 6-4 in the championship match. She was joined by juniors Nandini Das and Andre Garcia. Das defeated Maryann Rompf of Wisconsin 6-2, 6-1 for the Flight D Championship. Garcia earned the Seminole’s fourth singles championship after defeating Valentina Mariotto (UNF) in Flight F.
Sophomore Emmanuelle Salas was the only Nole to fall in the championship match, losing 6-0, 4-6, 10-4 to Katarina Kozorov of Furman in the Flight A Championship.
This tournament was the last of the fall for the Seminoles. They will begin their spring season January 11th in Tallahassee.
“I think some of the focus will switch to academics and finishing this semester off in the classroom on a high note,” said Hyde. “Very close in the back of their minds will be what are we going to do to get better for the spring. As long as that stays close in everyone’s mind we are staying on the right path.”
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Ariana Rahmanparast (FSU) def. Amaro (ETSU) 6-3, 6-0
Oparenovic (FSU) def. Weymouth (Furman) 6-3, 6-4
Das (FSU) def. Rompf (Wisconsin) 6-2, 6-1
Garcia (FSU) def. Mariotto (UNF) 6-2, 2-6, 10-5
Kozarov (Furman) def. Salas (FSU) 6-0, 4-6, 10-4