April 10, 2014
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The No. 45-ranked Florida State women’s tennis team (11-9, 4-6 ACC) will play No. 16 Miami at the Scott Speicher Tennis Center on Fri., April 11 at 3:00 p.m. FSU will also have two matches on Sun., April 13 – at home against Pitt at 12:00 p.m. and on the road versus Florida A&M at 5:00 p.m. This is the first meeting between Florida State and Pitt, while Miami leads the all-time series with FSU, 24-5.
“Big weekend coming up with three matches,” said head coach Jennifer Hyde. “Obviously it starts with Miami on Friday. I know they want to come in here and redeem themselves when we beat them down there last year. At the same time, they turned around and beat us in the conference finals. It is going to be a good rivalry match, we are expecting the crowds to be big. It is going to be a good college atmosphere and we are really looking forward to it.”
Florida State looks to rebound from a pair of road losses last weekend to Clemson and North Carolina. The Seminoles have played well at home against ACC opponents, posting a 2-1 record with wins over Maryland (7-0) and Boston College (6-1).
Kerrie Cartwright and Daneika Borthwick have been impressive recently as the doubles pair are ranked No. 77 in the country in this week’s ITA rankings. Cartwright and Borthwick have won four straight doubles matches together and took down the No. 26 pairing of Yana Koroleva and Beatrice Gumulya of Clemson by a score of 8-5 on April 4.
Cartwright and Borthwick are each playing well individually in singles, as Cartwright leads the team with a 20-11 record, while Borthwick is right behind her with a 16-12 singles mark in 2013-14. The pair of juniors have combined for five ranked wins this season and have shared the duties at the No. 1 position, recording a combined 11-8 mark in the dual season.
Mia Vriens and Daniella Schippers have also played well on the doubles court, posting a 6-4 record together this spring including a 3-2 mark against conference opponents. On the singles side, Vriens has put together a 13-7 record while Schippers is currently 7-8 on the year.
Seniors Kristina Schleich and Laurence Porry, along with freshmen Majlena Pedersen and Duda Santos have also contributed well for the `Noles this spring season. Schleich leads the group with nine singles wins, while the doubles pairing of Santos and Pedersen have a 2-1 record this year, all against ACC competition.
Friday’s match against Miami will be the annual Paint it Pink match for FSU women’s tennis as they help support breast cancer awareness. Also, there will be free pizza and T-shirts for students.