Feb. 17, 2014
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The No. 28 Florida State women’s tennis team will face their first top-ten team of the year as they head to Gainesville to take on the No. 5 Florida Gators (6-1). It will be the first true road match for FSU this season. The Seminoles are 1-36 all-time against the Gators with the lone win coming in 2009 at the Scott Speicher Tennis Center.
“Playing the Gators is a great in-state rivalry that is very easy to get up for,” said head coach Jennifer Hyde. “We are expecting a pretty hostile crowd as you would expect every time. But most important for us is to continue to do the things we’ve been working on in match settings.”
Florida State is on a three match winning streak, defeating USF, No. 60 LSU and Mercer. The match against LSU was part of USTA’s College MatchDay and was streamed on ESPN3.
Individually, many `Noles are also finding success on court. Junior Mia Vriens has posted a 7-2 singles record in the 2013-14 season and is currently on a six match winning streak. She is undefeated on court four with a 4-0 record this spring.
Kerrie Cartwright has broken out to a 13-5 record this season, including a 3-1 singles record on court two. She is 8-2 in her last ten matches and is 2-0 versus nationally ranked opponents. Daneika Borthwick is 9-6 this season with a 4-2 record at the No. 1 position. Borthwick and Cartwright have often paired up in doubles and have won their last two matches.
Senior Kristina Schleich is undefeated in the spring, having won both matches Rice’s Kimberly Anicete and Mercer’s Natalie Franklin. Senior Laurence Porry has played well from court five for the Seminoles this spring, posting a 2-1 record on the year.
Freshman Daniela Schippers has looked strong as of late for the Seminoles. The Guatemala native is 4-1 on the season and is 3-0 on court three. She recorded points in each of the last three matches for Florida State.
The match against the Gators will take place at the Ring Tennis Complex at 4:00 p.m. and admission is free.