W. Tennis Tops No. 10 Duke, 4-2
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) — Florida State senior Petra Hule defeated Duke’s Georgia Drumy, 7-5, 6-4, to earn Florida State No. 59 over Duke No. 10 at the Scott Speicher Tennis Complex. Florida State’s win marks the second time in two seasons the Seminoles have beaten a top-10 ranked team at home. The Seminoles defeated No. 8 Virginia, 4-3, in Speicher on April 2, 2021.
“It was a Herculean effort by the Noles today to eliminate the No. 10 team in the country,” said Seminole head coach Jen Hyde. “We had to pull our No. 2 singles player after the doubles; we had to forfeit singles No. 6 and we were really up against the wall. Nonetheless, the girls weren’t impressed with the shortfall as we headed into singles. It’s not easy to do, especially against a program as rich and proven as Duke.
After securing the doubles point with victories from the teams of Hule and Anna Arkadianou and Lesedi Jacobs and Olympe Lancelot, the shorthanded Seminoles got to work in the singles matches.
Due to an injury to elder Vic Allen, the Seminoles quickly changed their roster, a change that meant having to forfeit the singles match on court six.
Florida State went on to earn the three necessary singles wins by Hule (over Drummy), Arkadianou (over Kelly Chen with scores of 6-2, 6-3) and Kianah Motosono (over Margaryta Bilokin with scores of 6- 1, 6-3).
Hule, who is ranked No. 15 in the ITA national rankings, has now won 10 of her 11 singles matches this spring. Her win in the Seminoles win over Duke came against the nation’s No. 20 ranked player.
“The sport has a funny way of giving you amazing moments if you’re careful, and our Noles went to create one for themselves,” Hyde said. “It was an absolute team effort today, with no excuses to be had.”