Feb. 5, 2013
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – After picking up her sixth win over a ranked opponent this year, sophomore Daneika Borthwick was named ACC Player of the Week by the league office on Tuesday.
“We’re very excited for Daneika,” head coach Jennifer Hyde said. “The ACC is one of the toughest tennis conferences in the country and for her to be able to pull such an honor this early in the semester speaks volumes to the progress that she’s making.”
In Florida State’s 6-1 win over USF, Borthwick, ranked No. 37 nationally delivered the clinching point as she upset 35th ranked Katie Vasenina on court one. The win marked the first victory against the Bulls since 2009.
Borthwick teamed up with classmate Kerrie Cartwright at number one doubles for the first time this year and defeated a veteran team of Vasenina and Loreta Alonso, 8-4. Vasenina and Alonso are ranked 50th in the nation.
“She had a great day against USF,” Hyde said. “She pulled off a win against a very seasoned veteran at number one and she and Kerrie did a fantastic job stepping up in number one doubles.”
The Cumbria, England native has posted a 6-2 singles record when facing ranked opponents this season taking down the No. 35, No. 50 and No. 68 players this spring. Borthwick began her first fall season in the Garnet and Gold by defeating three ranked players en route to a 9-4 record (No. 18, No. 86, No. 49).
Borthwick has climbed to 14-5 in singles on the year.
This award marks the first of Borthwick’s career and the first by a Seminole this season.
“We’re very happy for her and this award,” Hyde said. “She’s earned every bit of it.”
Borthwick and the Seminoles are back on the courts Feb. 15 for a match against UCF at 3 p.m. at the Scott Speicher Tennis Center.