Florida State Travels West for ITA Kickoff Weekend

TALLAHASSEE – The Florida State women’s tennis team is playing the ITA Kickoff Weekend hosted by Stanford University, facing Arkansas on Friday and No. 8 Stanford or Kansas State on Saturday.

The Seminoles are 3-0 in 2023 after a perfect opening weekend at home. FSU defeated FGCU 6-1 on Friday before sweeping a doubleheader on Sunday over Mercer and FAMU by scores of 7-0 and 4-0, respectively.

Senior Vic Allen and junior Ellie Schoppe lead the Seminoles with three individual wins. Allen was dominant on the opening weekend of the season, winning 37 of the 43 games played and taking four of six sets to nil, including final scores of 6-0, 6-1 and 6-0, 6- 0 on Sunday at the No. 2 singles position. Schoppe also showed her mastery, winning 6-0, 6-4 at the No. 5 on Friday before a 6-2, 6-0 victory at the No. 4 against Mercer and a 6-1 victory, 6-1 at No. 3 against FAMU.

Junior Anna Arkadianou, the No. 52-ranked singles player nationally, is 1-0 this season after a 6-3, 7-5 win at No. 1 against FGCU. She also owns a 2-0 doubles mark at No. 1 with Allen and teamed with freshman Millie Bissett for a 5-2 lead at No. 1 doubles on Sunday against FAMU in a match. which was left unfinished once the team’s doubles point was secured. Schoppe has teamed with senior Kianah Motosono to earn two No. 2 doubles wins, claiming a 6-0 win against FGCU and a 6-1 win over Mercer.

Senior Mila Saric is 2-0 in both singles and doubles, earning straight-set victories in the No. 2 singles against FGCU and the No. 1 seed against Mercer, and partnered with sophomore from redshirted Alice Amendola for doubles wins against Mercer and FAMU. Amendola earned a singles win at No. 6 against FGCU and had a 6-2, 5-1 lead at No. 5 against FAMU when she clinched the team win.

The FSU freshman trio of Bissett, Cade Cricchio and Kristyna Lavickova are 1-0 in individual games this season. Bissett earned a 6-4, 6-1 win at No. 5 over Mercer, while Cricchio posted a perfect 6-0, 6-0 win at No. 6 against FAMU and Lavickova won 6-0, 6 -2 at No. 6 against Mercer. Cricchio and Lavickova teamed up to beat FAMU 6-1 in the No. 3 doubles. Sophomore Olympe Lancelot won 6-3, 7-5 in the No. 3 singles against Mercer and led 6-3, 3-0 in the No. 4 singles against FAMU when the match was decided. She also teamed with Bissett to a 6-4 win in the No. 3 doubles against Mercer.

Arkansas is 2-0 this season after sweeping a doubleheader at Arkansas State on Saturday. The Razorbacks are led by Carolina Gómez Alonso, who is ranked 36th nationally in singles. Stanford is 1-0 and has four players ranked in singles, led by Connie Ma, ranked 11th, and has doubles duo Alexis Blokhina and Alexandra Yepifanova ranked 36th in the country. Kansas State is 1-1 so far this season with a win over FAU and a loss to FGCU.

The state of Florida and Arkansas are scheduled for a first service at 1 p.m. ET on Friday. The winners of Friday’s matches will meet on Saturday at 4 pm ET and the losing teams from Friday will compete on Saturday at 1 pm ET. Live stats and live video for all games will be available on Seminoles.com.

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