April 27, 2017
ROME, Ga. – Just a week after rallying at home for a win over the Seminoles, the eighth-seeded Virginia women’s tennis team (11-13) couldn’t find the answer a second time as the Cavaliers dropped a 4-2 decision to ninth-seeded Florida State in the second round of the ACC Championships on Thursday (April 27).
Just as in the regular-season meeting, the Seminoles won the doubles point, this time picking up victories on courts two and three to take the 1-0 lead to start the match.
Unlike the first meeting, the Cavaliers couldn’t find the answering rally in singles. Sophomore Meghan Kelley (Falmouth, Maine) and All-ACC freshman Rosie Johanson (Abbotsford, British Columbia) picked up the singles wins for Virginia. The Seminoles notched singles wins on courts four, five and six to clinch the match.
After the Seminoles took the 2-0 lead in the match with the win on court six in singles, Kelley put the Cavaliers on the board with a 6-3, 6-1 win over No. 113 Julia Mikulski on court three. . Florida State would then take the lead back out to two points overall with a win on court four in singles.
Virginia again cut the lead to one point as Johanson picked up her win on court one, defeating Gabriella Castaneda 7-5, 6-4. After falling behind in the first set 4-1, Johanson mounted a furious rally to claim the set by winning six of the next seven games. She then pushed ahead to the victory in straight sets to cut the overall match score to 3-2.
Florida State would then secure the win with a victory on court five – the same court that gave the Cavaliers the match win just a week earlier.
9-seed Florida State 4, 8-seed Virginia 2
No. 56 Rosie Johanson (UVA) def. Gabriella Castaneda, 7-5, 6-4
Cassie Mercer (UVA) vs. Nandini Das, 6-3, 2-6, 2-4 (unfinished)
Meghan Kelley (UVA) def. No. 113 Julia Mikulski, 6-3, 6-1
Daniela Schippers def. Chloe Gullickson (UVA), 6-4, 6-2
Andrea Garcia def. Teodora Radosavljevic (UVA), 6-0, 3-6, 6-2
Ariana Rahmanparast def. Hunter Bleser (UVA), 6-1, 6-1
Order of Finish: 6, 3, 4, 1, 5
Gullickson/Mercer def. Garcia/Mikulski, 6-3
Das/Rahmanparast def. Johanson/Kelley, 7-5
Castaneda/Schippers def. Favero/Radosavljevic, 6-2
Order of Finish: 3, 1, 2