The score of the box
BLACKSBURG, Virginia – The Florida State women’s tennis team (8-7, 2-5 ACC) earned a hard-fought 4-3 victory over Virginia Tech on the road on Sunday.
“I was really proud of the way we dug our heels in today,” said FSU head coach Jennifer Hyde. “Achieving a road win in the ACC is never easy, especially when certain injuries prevent our roster from being complete. It was a hard-earned victory against a feisty ACC team, and we definitely improved today and throughout the weekend.
The Seminoles secured the doubles point with two games winning 7-5 on courts one and two.
After court three suffered a 3-6 loss, Petra Hule and Anna Arkadianou outlasted Katie Andreini and Annie Clark on court one, 7-5.
With all eyes on court two, Vic Allen and Kinah Motosono scored a big break at 5-5 after coming out of an 0-3 hole early. Trailing 6-5, Allen served the game to secure the crucial doubles point.
The Hokies equalized after the Seminoles were unable to field a player on court six due to injury.
“We started off slow in doubles but found our way back to one and two,” Hyde said. “Being 0-1 down before the game even started certainly gives that point another importance and we did well to fight for it and take it. We worked very hard for this, and it was an extra boost before the singles.
In singles, 16th-ranked Hule controlled her match on the first court, winning 6-0, 7-5 to give FSU a 2-1 lead.
After falling 4-6 in the first set on court two, Allen bounced back to win the second and third sets, 6-2, 6-3, making it 3-1.
Arkadianou lost their second set 3-6 after claiming a 6-0 win in the first. Leading 3-2 with the potential deciding point on the line, Arkadianou controlled the set and finished with a 6-3 victory in the third to seal the victory for Noles.
On court four, Motosono won the first set in a 7-6 (7-1) tiebreak but fell 3-6 in the second and 4-6 in the third.
Lancelot also took a 7-6 (7-1) victory in the first, losing their last two sets 1-6, 2-6.
“We jumped on first-set leads on most courts,” Hyde said. “But, VT struggled to get back in a few places. The top did a great job stepping up the game as the matches got deeper and executing very well on some key points.
The Seminoles will return to Tallahassee to host No. 5 Duke on March 25 at 4 p.m. and No. 1 North Carolina at 12 p.m. on March 27.
Friday’s game against the Blue Devils will serve as the ‘Paint it Pink’ game.
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- #16 Petra Hule (FSU_W) defeated. Elizabet Danailova (VT) 6-0, 7-5
- Vic Allen (FSU_W) def. Tamara Barad Itzhaki (VT) 4-6, 6-2, 6-2
- Anna Arkadianou (FSU_W) defeated. Dariya Radulova (VT) 6-0, 3-6, 6-3
- Erika Cheng (VT) defeated. Kianah Motosono (FSU_W) 6-7 (1-7), 6-3, 6-4
- Semra Aksu (VT) defeated. Olympe Lancelot (FSU_W) 6-7 (1-7), 6-1, 6-2
- Charlotte Cartledge (VT) def. No player (FSU_W), default
- Anna Arkadianou/Petra Hule (FSU_W) def. Katie Andreini/Annie Clark (VT) 7-5
- Kianah Motosono/Vic Allen (FSU_W) def. Erika Cheng/Chhinda Som (VT) 7-5
- Rita Pinto/Elizabet Danailova (VT) def. Lesedi Jacobs/Olympe Lancelot (FSU_W) 6-3
Florida State 8-7; National ranking #59
Virginia Tech Women’s Tennis 5-10
Finishing order: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (6,1,2,3,4,5)