With FSU needing both doubles courts for the win, sophomore Gabriella Castaneda and Julia Mikulski blanked Nicole Mitchell and Olivia Messineo, 6-0, but the Orange clinched the match with a 6-3 win on Court 1.
With Rush’s injury making the score 2-0 to start singles play, the Orange added another point with No. 80 Gabriela Knutson’s win over Castaneda on Court 3, 6-2, 6-1. FSU prevented the shutout with No. 55 Borthwick’s 6-1, 6-2 win against No. 47 Anna Shkudun on Court 1. Borthwick’s last five wins have come against ranked opponents, including players ranked 28, 36, 45, 47, and 113.
Despite Borthwick’s win, the Orange would clinch with a 6-3, 6-4 win on Court 2 by Valeria Salazar over Yukako Noi.
The remaining two courts would both go Syracuse’s way in third-set tiebreakers.
Head coach Jennifer Hyde
“We started out shorthanded because we wanted to be conservative with some player injuries. That put the pressure on our 1 and 2 spots – great job at the two spot with a quick 6-0 win. No. 1 came down to deuce points and we lost all of them. In singles, we gave up the point at No. 6 and it was a challenge for the girls. Daneika did another amazing job carrying the load at the top spot, beating a real good player from Syracuse. Kept her to three games and that’s a credit to her focus and fearlessness and her best tennis is still ahead of her.
“Dany and Jules both played well today. The 6-1 score does not speak to how close this match was. We came out on the wrong end today but we’re excited for next week’s opportunity against NC State and Wake Forest and some more ranked opponents.”
– Borthwick’s win in singles gives her 76 for her career, three away from the Top 10 all-time at Florida State.
The Seminoles will finish the road portion of their schedule this weekend at NC State (Friday, 2 PM) and Wake Forest (Sunday, 12 PM).
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#40 Syracuse def. #57 Florida State, 6-1
April 3, 2016 – Drumlins Country Club, Syracuse, N.Y.
#55 Daneika Borthwick (FSU) def. #47 Anna Shkudun (SU), 6-1, 6-2
Valeria Salazar (SU) def. Yukako Noi (FSU), 6-3, 6-4
#80 Gabriela Knutson (SU) def. Gabriella Castaneda (FSU), 6-2, 6-1
Maria Tritou (SU) def. Julia Mikulski (FSU), 6-3, 4-6, 1-0 (10-7)
Libi Mesh (SU) def. Daniela Schippers (FSU), 6-7 (5), 6-1, 1-0 (10-5)
FSU Forfeit – Court 6
#33 Knutson/Salazar (SU) def. Borthwick/Noi (FSU), 6-3
Castaneda/Mikulski (FSU) def. Olivia Messineo/Nicole Mitchell (SU), 6-0
FSU Forfeit – Court 3
Order of Finish: Singles – 6,3,1,2,4,5; Doubles – 3,2,1