TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Women’s tennis posted six straight-set wins in singles action with a 2-1 mark in doubles action for a 7-0 win in non-conference action against Florida A&M, Sunday afternoon at the Speicher Tennis Center on the campus of Florida State University. The Falcons improve to 6-2 on the season with the win.
The Falcons opened doubles action with the No. 1 duo TJ Fumagalli and Elizabeth Barnickel posting a 6-1 win over Rakotondrazafy/Machisa. The Rattlers picked up a win the third position but the Falcons secured the match point as Ashleigh Harvey and Meredith Jones topped Porter/Hubeaut, 7-5, in the No. 2 position.
The day belonged to the Falcons in singles action, led by team captain Fumagalli at the No. 1 position, who defeated Mialiniaina Rakotondrazafy, 6-1, 7-6. Barnickel put her dominance on display in the No. 2 position as she blanked Karen Machisa, 6-0, 6-0. Meredith Laskey secured the point in the No. 3 position with a 6-3, 6-2 win over Haleigh Porter while Jones bested Aylen Hubeaut, 6-1, 6-1, in the fourth position. Harvey posted a strong 6-6, 6-2, win over Adrienne Clayton at No. 5 while Carley Hatcliff put the final touchings on the sweep with a 7-6, 6-1 win against Sophia Osabouhien.
“I was pleased with the adjustments the team made from yesterday to today,” said head coach Kim Gidley. “Anytime you can compete against a team that just defeated last year's NCAA Champion and take something away from that opportunity makes it worthwhile. We have a young team that wants to get better and represent every time they compete, which is exciting to see as a coach.”
Air Force returns to action on the road as the squad travels to San Antonio, Texas, to take on Incarnate Word and Trinity in non-conference action, Feb. 23 and 24, respectively.
AIR FORCE vs. FLORIDA A&M, Feb. 18
Fumagalli/Barnickel (AF) def. Rakotondrazafy/Machisa (FAMU) –6-1
Jones/Harvey (AF) def. Porter/Hubeaut (FAMU) –7-5
Clayton/Osabouhien (FAMU) def. Hatcliff/Laskey (AF) –6-3
TJ Fumagalli (AF) def. Mialiniaina Rakotondrazafy (FAMU) –6-1, 7-6
Elizabeth Barnickel (AF) def. Karen Machisa (FAMU) –6-0, 6-0
Meredith Laskey (AF) def. Haleigh Porter (FAMU) –6-3, 6-2
Meredith Jones (AF) def. Aylen Hubeaut (FAMU) –6-1, 6-1
Ashleigh Harvey (AF) def. Adrienne Clayton (FAMU) –6-2, 6-2
Carley Hatcliff (AF) def. Sophia Osabouhien (FAMU) –7-6, 6-1
FINAL: AIR FORCE 7, FLORIDA A&M 0