Winston-Salem, N.C. – Shorthanded due to injury for the second time this season, No. 69 Florida State (10-12, 2-10 ACC) fell 4-3 at No. 20 Wake Forest (18-7, 7-6 ACC) Sunday afternoon at the Wake Forest Tennis Complex. Despite the loss, FSU senior Daneika Borthwick picked up her tenth ranked win of the season and fourth consecutive win over a Top 50 opponent.
In doubles, FSU had to default on Court 3, leaving the Noles needing to claim both matches to get the doubles point. On Court 1, Gabriella Castaneda and Yukako Noi beat No. 45 Kimmy Guerin and Anna Ulyashchenko, 7-5, while Daneika Borthwick and Daniela Schippers beat Samantha Asch and Emma Davis, 7-6 (4), to pull off the upset and enter singles up a point.
Because of the default on Court 6, Wake immediately tied the score, leaving singles a best-of-five battle. First to strike was No. 39 Borthwick, who beat No. 44 Guerin, 6-3, 7-5, to give FSU a 2-1 lead. The win was Borthwick’s fifth-straight over a ranked opponent and moves her to 10-9 on the season against ranked foes. Her five straight wins are a season high.
After Borthwick gave FSU the lead, Wake Forest would strike for the next three points to win the match. Ulyashchenko beat Castaneda, 6-2, 2-6, 6-1 on Court 3, Asch beat Schippers, 7-5, 6-4, on Court 5, and Joanna Zalewski rallied to beat Julia Mikulski on Court 4, 3-6, 6-2, 6-2, to clinch the win.
Noi would beat Davis on Court 2, 2-6, 6-3, 6-4, to provide the final margin.
Head coach Jennifer Hyde
“Given the fact that we started this match with two brand new doubles pairings and had to forfeit at No. 3, the girls did an absolutely amazing job of finding a way to win that doubles point. Those teams hadn’t played together this year, and we had to make adjustments. They did a great job of sticking around and making things happen to win that point.
“In singles, Daneika continues to do a great job in dominating her opponents. It was a highly contested match on both sides of the net. We had our chances. Jules did a good job, not feeling great, to get that first set under her belt. She was limited later in the match. Dany had opportunities in her match and came up short. Given our deficit entering the match, I couldn’t be more proud of how these girls competed. They could have beaten a Top 20 team today if things had fallen our way. We put ourselves in position today, and I’m proud of that. FSU is not far off. There’s not a significant difference between us and anybody we go on court with, and I know the girls proved that to themselves today. We have grown through this challenging season and need to keep pushing forward as we head into a big home weekend and shortly thereafter at the ACC Championships.”
Florida State will return to Tallahassee and finish the regular season with a Friday doubleheader against Troy (11 AM) and Louisville (4 PM) before closing the season against Pittsburgh at 12 PM on Sunday. Sunday’s match will also serve as Senior Day for Daneika Borthwick and Yukako Noi.
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#20 Wake Forest def. #69 Florida State, 4-3
April 10, 2016 – Wake Forest Tennis Complex, Winston-Salem, N.C.
#39 Daneika Borthwick (FSU) def. #44 Kimmy Guerin (WF), 6-3, 7-5
Yukako Noi (FSU) def. Emma Davis (WF), 2-6, 6-3, 6-4
Anna Ulyashchenko (WF) def. Gabriella Castaneda (FSU), 6-2, 2-6, 6-1
Joanna Zalewski (WF) def. Julia Mikulski (FSU), 3-6, 6-2, 6-2
Samantha Asch (WF) def. Daniela Schippers (FSU), 7-5, 6-4
FSU Default, Court 6
Castaneda/Noi (FSU) def. #45 Guerin/Ulyashchenko (WF), 7-5
Borthwick/Schippers (FSU) def. Asch/Davis (WF), 7-6 (4)
FSU Default, Court 3
Order of Finish: Singles – 6,1,3,5,4,2; Doubles – 3,1,2