June 25, 2014
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Seminoles.com) – Continuing the tradition of excellence on and off the court, rising seniors Kerrie Cartwright and Daneika Borthwick were named to the 2014 All-ACC Academic Women’s Tennis Team, as announced today by Commissioner John Swofford. Borthwick earned her second conference academic honor, while Cartwright was named to the team for the first time in her career.
“Being a successful student-athlete means not only to work hard as an athlete, but to be exceptional in the classroom as well,” said assistant coach Zsuzsanna Fodor. “It never comes easy and Kerrie and Daneika did a fantastic job this year again to prioritize and stay fully engaged in their responsibilities. Our upperclassmen are a perfect reflection of our team culture and we are really proud of our entire team’s academic efforts.”
Cartwright finished the 2013-14 season with a 23-15 mark in singles and a 16-13 record in doubles. She led the team with four wins over ranked opponents, including a straight-set victory over No. 54 Kelsey Laurente of Miami, 6-4, 7-6 (3). The Bahamas native ended the season ranked No. 124 by the ITA.
Borthwick went 20-14 in singles play and 16-11 in doubles this season and shared the No. 1 singles duties with Cartwright for most of the dual match season. The Cumbria, England native recorded three wins over ranked opponents on the season, with none bigger than her 7-5, 3-6, 6-2 victory over No. 106 Kim Stubbe of Arizona to give No. 37 Florida State a 4-3 triumph over the 27th-ranked Wildcats in the first round of the NCAA Championships.
Borthwick and Cartwright also qualified for the NCAA Doubles Championships after closing out the regular season on an eight-match winning streak, including three wins over top-45 opponents. They were ranked as high as No. 30 in the country before ending their season to Pepperdine’s Michaela Capannolo and Yuki Chang in the NCAA tournament, 1-6, 6-4, 6-2.
The ACC Scholar-Athlete of the Year awards were established in September 2007 to be awarded annually to the top junior or senior student-athlete in their respective sports. Candidates for the awards must have maintained a 3.0 grade point average for their career as well as a 3.0 for each of the last two semesters.
To be eligible for consideration for the All-ACC Academic Team, a student-athlete must have earned a 3.00 grade point average for the previous semester and maintained a 3.00 cumulative average during his academic career.