#21 Florida State Outlasts North Florida Women's Tennis in NCAA Tourney

#21 Florida State Outlasts North Florida Women's Tennis in NCAA Tourney

GAINESVILLE - No. 21 Florida State topped North Florida women's tennis in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament on a hot Friday afternoon at Linder Stadium at the Ring Tennis Complex.

NOTES
- This is the first meeting between Florida State and UNF in the postseason.
- North Florida got sets from Lucia Montano, Luise Intert and Valentina Mariotto against the Noles. In the previous three NCAA matches, UNF has only grabbed three total sets from its opponents.
- Intert finishes her career with a 72-39 singles record and a 67-48 mark in doubles. Across ASUN action, she lost one career match, going 23-1.
- UNF had three freshmen in its lineup to Florida State's one.

HOW IT HAPPENED
- Florida State won the doubles point with victories in the No. 3 and No. 1 positions. 
- Montano and Eva Nyikos were battling at No. 2, behind just 4-3 when the point was clinched.
- In singles, No. 122 Petra Hule picked up the 6-4, 6-0 win for the 2-0 lead.
- FSU then took the 3-0 advantage with a 6-1, 6-1 win in the No. 6 position.
- It came down to the No. 1 match with Rafaela Gomez battling No. 19 Carla Touly. Gomez was up on Touly, 5-3, but let the sophomore sneak back in where she eventually took the tiebreak in the first set and clinched the match with her 6-2 win in set two.

COBRA'S CORNER
"I was proud of our girls and how they battled a tough Florida State team. I thought they game ready to play and was happy for the players that were able to grab sets from good players. Every year we get closer to our goal of continuing in the NCAA Tournament and I'm excited to see what happens next year. I have to close with Luise. I'm so happy for her and wish her the best as she moves on from this part of her life. She was a true leader to our girls this year and we will miss her." - Head Coach Mariana Cobra

FULL RESULTS
Singles competition

1. #19 Carla Touly (FS) def. Rafaela Gomez (UNF) 7-6 (7-5), 6-2
2. #122 Petra Hule (FS) def. Eva Nyikos (UNF) 6-4, 6-0
3. Gabriella Castaneda (FS) vs. Lucia Montaño (UNF) 4-6, 6-3, unfinished
4. Julia Mikulski (FS) vs. Luise Intert (UNF) 5-7, 4-0, unfinished
5. Ariana Rahmanparast (FS) vs. Valentina Mariotto (UNF) 6-0, 6-7 (5-7), unfinished
6. Andrea Garcia (FS) def. Florencia Rossi (UNF) 6-1, 6-1
 
Doubles competition
1. #56 Carla Touly/Ariana Rahmanparast (FS) def. Rafaela Gomez/Luise Intert (UNF) 6-2
2. Julia Mikulski/Andrea Garcia (FS) vs. Lucia Montaño/Eva Nyikos (UNF) 4-3, unfinished
3. Gabriella Castaneda/Petra Hule (FS) def. Florencia Rossi/Valentina Mariotto (UNF) 6-1

UP NEXT
North Florida concludes its season and returns a roster of four and adds two additions.

 

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