Tallahassee, Florida – The 15eThe women’s tennis team of the FSU opened the double competition season at home on Sunday with a doubleheader. The Noles started the day with a 4-3 win over Mercer and ended with a 5-1 win over McNeese State. FSU played in both games with only two doubles teams and four singles due to limited availability.
Despite FSU being understaffed, FSU lost just one point in the game in taking its first two double match wins of the year. FSUs 22ndSingles player Petra Hule recorded four victories on Sunday, while Anna Arkadianou herself recorded three victories.
“Playing fast is never easy, but our girls have really risen to the challenge,” said FSU head coach Jen Hyde. “As we had hoped, we got better and better as the day went on. We had a really dominant day, especially in the second game. We want to continue to see the level rise as we move into a truly competitive ITA Kick-Off National Qualifier next weekend.
“As a bonus today, it was really nice to see some familiar faces on the other coaching staff as well, who welcomed a number of Seminoles to Tallahassee.”
FSU 5 McNEESE ST 1
With a limited number of numbers, doubles was a rare two-point format. Hule and Arkadianou gave FSU a 1-0 lead with a 6-1 win. Vic Allen and Kianah Motosono followed shortly after with a 6-0 win to send FSU into singles with a 2-1 lead.
After FSU forfeited a point on lane five, the Seminoles won the first two singles decisions to take the win. Hule, Arkadianou and Lesedi Jacobs secured the victory for the Seminoles as they each won their singles to give FSU the 5-1 victory.
FSU 4 MERCER 3
Florida State took the double point when Jacobs and Motosono got away first. The two newcomers together ensured the 6-4 victory. The experienced duo of Hule and Arkadianou won their first set point in a doubles match this season with a 6-3 victory.
In singles, the Noles climbed right back into the game on lanes three and four after two singles were forfeited. Arkadianou went on to go first with an impressive 6-0, 6-0 win to tie the overall score at 2-2. Motosono gave the Seminoles a 3-2 lead with its 6-0, 6-0 win. Hule took the win when she won 6-3, 6-0 on lane one.
“It’s never easy to start a game trailing 0-2 before hitting a ball, but that circumstance was for us today,” Hyde said. “I’m proud of the team because they weren’t impressed by that and just took care of their jobs and that challenge today. They all had a no-apologies mentality. Just like in life, tennis will also present you with challenges along the way, and with that mindset, teams can go a long way in the challenges that arise in a season of play.
“We will enjoy the wins and enjoy a good start to the spring season, but the focus will quickly shift to this week’s preparation for our next game on Saturday against Illinois at home.”
The Seminoles will be back in action next week, organizing ITA Kickoff Weekend on Saturday and Sunday. FSU opens Saturday at 11:00 AM with Illinois and then plays Florida or FIU on Sunday. Times for Sunday’s games will be determined after Saturday’s games.
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