NASHVILLE, Tenn. –The Florida State women’s tennis team (2-2) lost to No. 2 Vanderbilt (2-0) 4-1 in the championship match of the ITA Kickoff Nashville regional.
The Seminoles got off to an early lead against the Commodores as they took the doubles point. The Seminoles fell behind early in doubles as court three lost their match but the Garnet and Gold quickly rebounded and took the matches on courts one and two. On court two sophomore Carla Touly and junior Ariana Rahmanparast captured a 6-3 win to tie it 1-1 in doubles. During the deciding court one match, sophomore Andrea Garcia and freshman Petra Hule stepped up for Florida State. They were down 2-0 early in the match but fought back to take a 5-4 lead. Vanderbilt forced a tiebreak with the Noles that went back and forth until the Seminole duo stepped up and pulled away to win 7-5.
“The girls did a great job at the one and two spots to get the doubles point,” said head coach Jennifer Hyde. “I felt like we came out really solidly and played really smart in doubles, executing very well. On court one it was a tough match that went back and forth in the tiebreaker, and I was really happy with how they played in that match earning the doubles point.
In singles, the Seminoles fought but came up short. Hule was the first to fall on court three with a 6-3, 6-1 loss. Rahmanparast fought in the first set, but came up short 7-5 and then fell in set two, 6-0.
On courts one and two Touly and senior Gabby Castaneda battled hard against two of the top players in the country but came up short. Castaneda fell 6-3, 6-3 on court two and Touly lost 6-3, 7-5.
“Carla took on someone who is arguably the best tennis player in the country and had opportunities early and late in the match to stay out there, but came up a little short,” said Hyde.
“Credit to Vanderbilt. They were hitting targets well and controlling the points early. They played really solid tennis today and didn’t give us a whole lot of opportunities. I was very pleased with Julia’s effort on court five. She continues to gain more confidence and is getting better.”
The Seminoles now look forward to next week as they take on Florida in the College MatchDay event at the USTA National Center in Lake Nona, Fla. on Saturday, February 3 at 7 p.m.
“We now shift our focus to a very big match next week as we head down to Lake Nona to play Florida at the same time as the men on the Tennis Channel,” said Hyde. “It will probably be the most televised and attended match in the history of college tennis. We are very honored to be a part of that and represent Florida State next weekend.”
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Tennis Match Results
Florida State University vs Vanderbilt
Jan 27, 2018 at Nashville, Tenn.
(Currey Tennis Center)
#2 Vanderbilt 4, Florida State University 1
1. Astra Sharma (VANDY) def. Carla Touly (FS) 6-3, 7-5
2. #4 Fernanda Contreras (VANDY) def. Gabriella Castaneda (FS) 6-3, 6-3
3. #19 Christina Rosca (VANDY) def. Petra Hule (FS) 6-2, 6-1
4. Emma Kurtz (VANDY) def. Ariana Rahmanparast (FS) 7-5, 6-0
5. #96 Summer Dvorak (VANDY) vs. Julia Mikulski (FS) 5-7, 2-3, unfinished
6. Emily Smith (VANDY) vs. Andrea Garcia (FS) 4-1, unfinished
1. Petra Hule/Andrea Garcia (FS) def. Emma Kurtz/Christina Rosca (VANDY) 7-6 (7-5)
2. Carla Touly/Ariana Rahmanparast (FS) def. Summer Dvorak/Astra Sharma (VANDY) 6-3
3. Fernanda Contreras/Emily Smith (VANDY) def. Julia Mikulski/Gabriella Castaneda (FS) 6-3
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (3,4,2,1)