Women's Tennis Falls Short to Clemson
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The No. 47 Florida State women’s tennis team (14-9, 6-6 ACC) saw a six-match winning streak snapped by the No. 46 Clemson Tigers (10-11, 5-7 ACC) by the score of 5-2 on Sunday afternoon at the Scott Speicher Tennis Center.
The six-match streak of consecutive wins was the longest such streak in six seasons, since a six-match streak of non-conference wins in 2011.
“It was a good fight up and down the line, just too little too late,” Florida State head coach Jennifer Hyde said. “We didn’t play quite as well as did on Friday (in the win over Notre Dame), not quite as sharp finishing as did on Friday. Credit to Clemson, they came out and competed unbelievably hard and never let up.”
Before the match, the team’s lone senior, Daniela Schippers, and her family recognized as part of Senior Day festivities. Florida State’s tennis programs traditionally play the national anthem and fly the flag of the home country of the student athlete, so the Guatemala national anthem was played before the match.
“We’re happy for Dany to finish her career with her last home match being a victory,” Hyde said. “That’s exactly what you want as a senior and she did a great job of staying poised and just hanging around in her match today. That’s what it required and I’m really happy for her to finish her career here at home with a win.”
For the match, the Tigers gained the upper hand in doubles, as No. 31 Marie Leduc/Ayan Broomfield defeated sophomore Julia Mikulski and Andrea Garcia 6-3 and Constanza Gorches/Sydney Riley bested sophomore Ariana Rahmanparast and freshman Nandini Das 6-4 to grab the doubles point.
In singles play, the Seminoles got out to a better start, winning three of the six first sets. While the Noles put up a lot of fight, Clemson was able to clinch the match at 4-0 with wins on courts six, three, and two.
On Senior Day, it would be Daniela Schippers to register the first point for Florida State as she defeated Riley 6-4, 6-3 in straight sets to cap off her career at home.
Garcia, the young freshman playing on court five, also took care of business in a tight match, coming back from down 0-4 to win the first set 7-5(4) in a tiebreak, capping off the win 7-6(5), 6-4 over Clemson’s Daniela Ruiz in the second set to put the score at 4-2.
In the last match to finish, junior Gabriella Castaneda and Leduc battled to a third set tiebreak. Castaneda fell behind early but able to grab a 9-8 lead in the ten-point tiebreak, only to fall 2-6, 6-2, 12-10 to conclude the match on court one.
With the home schedule complete, the Seminoles will hit the road for the final weekend of the regular season with matches at Virginia on Friday April 21 at 3:30 p.m. and at Virginia Tech on Sunday April 23 at 11:30 a.m. With at least five teams, including Florida State, currently tied for fourth in the ACC standings, how the final weekend shakes out will go a long way in determining the seeding of the ACC Championships, which begin just three days after the end of the regular season.
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#46 Clemson 5, #47 Florida State 2
1. Marie Leduc (CU) def. Gabriella Castaneda (FS) 2-6, 6-2, 12-10
2. #82 Ayan Broomfield (CU) def. Nandini Das (FS) 6-3, 6-1
3. Fernanda Navarro (CU) def. #105 Julia Mikulski (FS) 6-1, 6-4
4. Daniela Schippers (FS) def. Sydney Riley (CU) 6-4, 6-3
5. Andrea Garcia (FS) def. Daniela Ruiz (CU) 7-6 (7-4), 6-4
6. Constanza Gorches (CU) def. Ariana Rahmanparast (FS) 6-1, 6-3
Clemson 10-11 (6-7 ACC); National ranking #46
Florida State 14-9 (6-6 ACC); National ranking #47
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2); Singles (6,3,2,4,5,1)