Tallahassee, Florida – The 15thandThe No. 1-ranked FSU women’s tennis team opened its home doubles season on Sunday with a doubleheader. The Noles started the day with a 4-3 win over Mercer and wrapped things up with a 5-1 win over McNeese State. FSU played with only two doubles teams and four singles players in both matches due to limited availability.
Although shorthanded, FSU only lost a single point on the line in earning the first two doubles game wins of the year. USF 22n/aSingles player Petra Hule had four wins on Sunday while Anna Arkadianou had three wins.
“Playing shorthanded is never easy, but our girls really rose to the challenge,” said FSU head coach Jen Hyde. “As we hoped, we improved as the day went on. We had a really dominant day, especially in Game 2. We want to continue to see the level rise as we head towards a national kick-off qualifier. Really competitive ITA next weekend.
“As a bonus today, it was really fun to see some familiar faces among the other coaching staffs, welcoming the Seminoles back to Tallahassee.”
FSU 5 McNEESE ST 1
With numbers limited, doubles were a rare two-point format. Hule and Arkadianou gave FSU a 1-0 lead with a 6-1 victory. Vic Allen and Kianah Motosono followed soon after with a 6-0 win to send FSU into the singles with a 2-1 lead.
After FSU lost a point on court five, the Seminoles won the first two singles decisions to claim the win. Hule, Arkadianou and Lesedi Jacobs secured victory for the Seminoles by each winning their singles matches to give FSU the 5-1 win.
FSU 4 MERCER 3
Florida State took the double as Jacobs and Motosono went out first. The two newcomers combined for the 6-4 victory. The veteran pair of Hule and Arkadianou earned their first set point in a doubles match this season with a 6-3 win.
In singles, the Noles came back into the game on courts three and four after two singles forfeits. Arkadianou was the first to claim an impressive 6-0, 6-0 win to level the aggregate score at 2-2. Motosono put the Seminoles ahead 3-2 with their 6-0, 6-0 victory. Hule took the win by winning on the first court 6-3, 6-0.
“It’s never easy to start a game with an 0-2 deficit before you’ve even kicked a ball, but that circumstance was in the cards for us today,” Hyde said. “I’m proud of the team because they weren’t fazed by that fact and just took care of their courts and this challenge today. They all had a no-apologies mentality. Everything like in life, tennis will also throw challenges at you along the way, and having that mindset can take teams far in the challenges that come their way during a season of play.
“We’ll enjoy the wins and enjoy getting the spring season off to a good start, but the focus will quickly shift to preparing this week for our next game on Saturday against Illinois here at home.”
The Seminoles are back in action next week hosting the ITA Kickoff Weekend on Saturday and Sunday. FSU will start with Illinois on Saturday at 11:00 a.m. and then play either Florida or FIU on Sunday. Sunday game times will be determined after Saturday’s game.
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