Tennis Falls to Illinois
By: Blake Von Cannon, Sports Information Intern
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The No. 36-ranked Florida State women’s tennis team (8-5, 1-3 ACC) fell 4-0 to the Illinois Fighting Illini (4-8, 0-1 Big Ten) at the Scott Speicher Tennis Center on Friday.
The Seminoles started off slowly in doubles, as No. 56 freshman Nandini Das/sophomore Ariana Rahmanparast fell 6-1 to Illinois’ Jaclyn Switkes/Madie Bailon on court one and sophomore Julia Mikulski/freshman Andrea Garcia lost to Louise Kwong/Ines Vias 6-0 on court two, clinching the doubles point for the Illini.
In singles play, Mikulski held her own in a matchup against No. 109 Madie Baillon on court three. Taking Baillon to a tiebreaker in the first set, the match stood at 6-7 (3), 3-3 when the match was clinched.
Rahmanparast fought hard but fell to Daniela Novak 1-6, 4-6 on court five to give the Illini a 2-0 lead.
On court six, Garcia was defeated by Grace Tapak 3-6, 4-6.
Junior Gabriella Castaneda fought back from down several match points and showed a lot of heart in the second set but fell 4-6, 5-7 on court one as Illinois clinched the 4-0 victory.
Head Coach Jennifer Hyde:
“All the credit to Illinois today. They came ready to play and competed very well. We knew they were dangerous, and today they showed just that.
We have a quick turn around and compete against another very good team in Penn on Sunday down in Tampa. As is always the case, teams learn more from tough losses than you ever learn from good wins. And for us today, that is definitely true.
Bottom line is this, this team is learning and growing every day, and still morphing in to what kind of team we are becoming. We are taking so many steps in the right direction, but today was one of those days where we took a step back. The great thing is, we have Sunday ahead of us and another great opportunity to keep growing.”
The Seminoles head down to Tampa to take on the Penn Quakers at the Tampa Tennis at HCC courts on Sunday at 10:00 a.m. This will be the third Ivy League team that Florida State has faced this year, following wins over both Columbia and Harvard.
A live results link will not be provided, but follow @FSU_WTennis on Twitter for updates on the match.
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