Durham, N.C. – Senior Daneika Borthwick tallied a 7-6 (3), 6-2 win over No. 28 Kaitlyn McCarthy in the Seminoles’ 6-1 loss Friday evening at No. 9 Duke. The win was the highest-ranked win for any Seminole this season and the highest for Borthwick since a pair of Top 25 wins in 2013.
In doubles, Borthwick and fellow senior Yukako Noi rallied from a 3-0 deficit and trailed 4-5 when the match was decided. The pair remains undefeated as a doubles pair on the season.
In singles, Duke won the first set on five of six courts and quickly led 2-0 with a 6-2, 6-0 win by Chalena Scholl on Court 3 over Gabriella Castaneda. After Duke clinched the match with two more wins on Courts 5 and 1, FSU freshmen Julia Mikulski and Ariana Rahmanparast forced a third set.
In the third set, Rahmanparast fell 6-4, 0-6, 6-2 to Jessica Ho, and Mikulski fell 6-0, 4-6, 6-3 to Samantha Harris. Borthwick won her match playing on Court 2 for the first time this season.
Head Coach Jennifer Hyde:
“We did a phenomenal job going head-to-head with a very solid Duke team. It’s really exciting to see how our players are making adjustments more quickly. We got much better and tougher today and competed very well across the board, in both doubles and singles. Even though we came up on the short end of things, everything is moving in the right direction.”
On Borthwick’s win:
“Daneika played a fantastic and complete match against No. 28 McCarthy. That was big for DD to dig out her biggest win of the season so far. I know she has many more of those yet to come this season.”
Senior Daneika Borthwick:
“It’s nice to get the win, and to get it in two sets and not three is always nice. I fought really hard in the first set to get that win and that really helped in the second for it to come a little bit easier.”
Florida State will stay in the Tar Heel state when they face No. 6 North Carolina on Sunday at 1 p.m. North Carolina is coming off a 4-3 win over No. 13 Miami Friday.
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#9 Duke 6, #43 Florida State 1
February 26, 2016 – Sheffield Indoor Tennis Center, Durham, N.C.
#26 Beatrice Capra (DU) def. Yukako Noi (FSU), 6-3, 6-1
Daneika Borthwick (FSU) def. #28 Kaitlyn McCarthy (DU), 7-6 (3), 6-2
Chalena Scholl (DU) def. Gabriella Castaneda (FSU), 6-2, 6-0
Samantha Harris (DU) def. Julia Mikulski (FSU), 6-0, 4-6, 6-3
#59 Ellyse Hamlin (DU) def. Daniela Schippers (FSU), 6-3, 6-2
Jessica Ho (DU) def. Ariana Rahmanparast (FSU), 6-4, 0-6, 6-2
Borthwick/Noi (FSU) vs. #17 Capra/Hamlin (DU), 4-5, dnf
Harris/McCarthy (DU) def. Rahmanparast/Lana Rush (FSU), 6-4
Scholl/Smith (DU) def. Castaneda/Mikulski (FSU), 6-2
Order of Finish: Singles – 3,5,1,4,6,2; Doubles – 3,2