Women's Tennis Wins Fourth Straight ACC Match
By: Briana Charniak, Sports Information Intern
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The No. 50 Florida State women’s tennis team (12-8, 5-5 ACC) extended their in-conference winning streak to four consecutive victories after defeating the Syracuse Orange (6-9, 3-5 ACC) 4-3 on Sunday afternoon.
“That’s four back-to-back matches where we have shown up and competed unbelievably well,” Florida State head coach Jennifer Hyde said. “That’s what it takes in this league to have success.”
The Seminoles have now defeated Louisville, Pittsburgh, Boston College, and Syracuse in consecutive matches, the second-longest winning streak of the season.
In doubles play, the Seminoles came out strong and won the first two matches to gain the doubles point over the Orange.
In singles, the Noles were ready to fight and won the first set on courts one, three, five, and six. Courts one and four were back and forth and each took play to a third set.
The Seminoles gained a 2-0 lead when sophomore Ariana Rahmanparast quickly defeated Nicole Mitchell of Syracuse 6-0, 6-3 on court six.
On court two, freshman Nandini Das fell 6-2, 6-2 to Gabriela Knutson to put the score at 2-1.
On court five freshman Andrea Garcia fought through a tough first set to win 6-4, and wrapped up the second set 6-1 over Dina Hegab to give the Noles a 3-1 lead over the Orange.
No. 103 sophomore Julia Mikulski won the first set 6-3, but fell behind 0-3 in the second set. She would regroup and force a deciding second set tiebreak, which she ran away with to clinch the Seminole victory 6-3, 7-6(2) on court three.
“She had some chances to finish it 5-4, came up a little short, kept her head down and did exactly what she needed to do to finish it,” Hyde said of Mikulski’s match-clinching victory.
“I just tried to focus and not pay attention to the other courts,” Mikulski said. “Especially stay aggressive at important points. I think I did that well, just staying aggressive.”
Both junior Gabriella Castaneda and senior Daniela Schippers played tough matches on courts one and four, with each playing out to a third set. The Seminoles would fall on both courts to end the match at 4-3 in favor of Florida State.
The nationally-ranked Noles will now have a week off before returning to the Speicher Center courts on Thursday, April 13 to take on the Notre Dame Fighting Irish on ACC Network Extra, the third time Florida State will be featured on the network this season.
“We will enjoy this four in a row for another day or so but then we have a weekend off, then a huge home match against Notre Dame,” Hyde said. “We’ve got four more big opportunities before the ACC Championship to be ready and we will be ready for those.”
Florida State head coach Jennifer Hyde
“Feeling really good after the last two weeks’ performances. I think this team is starting to find their competitive identity and at a really good time. We have been working unbelievably hard, putting in a lot of work Monday through Thursday and we are ready for gamedays on the weekends. The girls are really starting to see that work pay off and that energy is kicking in big time within this team. They are starting to feel the power of this team and what we are capable of doing. I think every team in this conference is so good and so deep. That’s four back-to-back matches where we have shown up and competed unbelievably well. That’s what it takes in this league to have success. We will enjoy this four in a row for another day or so, but then we have a weekend off then a huge home match against Notre Dame on Thursday. We’ve got four more big opportunities before the ACC Championship to be ready and we will be ready for those.”
On Julia winning a tiebreaker in the second set to clinch the victory:
“Great job. Got down in that second set 0-3 and fought herself back into that match. She had some chances to finish it 5-4, came up a little short, kept her head down and did exactly what she needed to do to finish it. It is the confidence that we all have in each other to finish the job they need to.”
Sophomore Julia Mikulski
“I think we did pretty well. Everyone was fighting as always and everyone did their job. It was a good day.”
“I just tried to focus and not pay attention to the other courts. Especially stay aggressive at important points. I think I did that well, just staying aggressive.”
“After Illinois and Penn we have gained more energy and since then we have been good. It gives us a lot of confidence, everyone is doing well.”
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#50 Florida State 4, Syracuse 3
1. Miranda Ramirez (SU) def. Gabriella Castaneda (FS) 4-6, 6-3, 6-2
2. Gabriela Knutson (SU) def. Nandini Das (FS) 6-2, 6-2
3. #103 Julia Mikulski (FS) def. Anna Shkudun (SU) 6-3, 7-6 (6-2)
4. Maria Tritou (SU) def. Daniela Schippers (FS) 7-5, 2-6, 6-3
5. Andrea Garcia (FS) def. Dina Hegab (SU) 6-4, 6-1
6. Ariana Rahmanparast (FS) def. Nicole Mitchell (SU) 6-0, 6-3
Syracuse 6-9 (3-5 ACC)
Florida State 12-8 (5-5 ACC); National ranking #50
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2); Singles (6,2,5,3,1,4)