FAMU, FSU tennis get different results on opening weekend

Sara Rakim and her FAMU teammates had a tough opening weekend in two tennis matches.
Photo courtesy FAMU athletics

Outlook Staff Report

The women’s tennis teams at FAMU and FSU took different directions in their opening matches. The Rattlers dropped matches against Florida Gulf Coast and FSU by 4-0 scores.

FSU opened the season with a 6-1 victory over Florida Gulf Coast University last Friday, then shutout Mercer 7-0 Sunday before beating the Rattlers.

 “It was great to get all 10 of the players on our roster competing today,” head coach Jen Hyde said, after Sunday’s wins. “It was really good to get everyone out there continuing to break up the cobwebs. Walking away with two wins in a day is always a good thing. Going into next weekend 3-0 was important, that was something we needed to do, and the girls did a fabulous job of taking care of the work, every single one of them.”

Florida State swept doubles for a fast start against Mercer. At No. 1, Anna Arkadianou and Vic Allen posted a dominating 6-1 win before Ellie Schoppe and Kianah Motosono finished off their match by the same score to clinch the doubles point. Mila Saric and Alice Amendola completed the sweep with a 6-2 win at No. 3.

 “We talked about having complete mental performances in singles and doubles, and they did that across the board today,” Hyde said. “We grew from Friday, and that’s what we were looking for. When you play indoors, you hear everything differently. The noises are different, the speeds are different, but they adjusted well and it was a non-issue.”

Against FAMU, the Seminoles took the doubles point again. Alice Amendola and Mila Saric won 6-1 at No. 2 and, just seconds later, Cade Cricchio and Lavickova finished off a 6-1 victory at No. 3 to give FSU an early advantage.

FSU didn’t drop a match in singles play.

Florida State travels to Palo Alto, California, Friday to participate in the ITA Kickoff Weekend. 

FAMU plays Troy University on Friday, then come home the following day to play the University of Southern Mississippi at noon.


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