Feb. 20, 2014
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida State women’s tennis team begins Atlantic Coast Conference play this weekend with matches against Wake Forest and Maryland. The `Noles will travel to Winston-Salem, N.C. to take on the Demon Deacons at 4:00 p.m. on Friday and then come home to Tallahassee to play Maryland at 12:00 p.m. on Sunday.
“It is a big weekend for all the teams in our league,” said head coach Jennifer Hyde. “Conference matches start up this weekend and it doesn’t let up until the conference tournament in April. It is very important that we get off to a very positive start in league play.
“Wake Forest is a much different team this year than they have been in years past and the same with Maryland. The landscape of all the teams have changed so much in the past couple of years. We are ready and we’ve had a good week of practice. We had some midweek competition and are ready for the weekend to start our conference season off on the right foot.”
The Seminoles come in having won two of their last three matches, including a 4-1 victory over No. 60 LSU. No. 30 FSU was defeated by No. 5 Florida in Gainesville on Feb. 18.
Kerrie Cartwright has been strong for the Seminoles this year, posting a 13-6 record on the season. The junior has two wins over ranked opponents and nearly defeated Florida’s No. 29 ranked Alexandra Cercone before narrowly dropping the third set tiebreaker.
Daneika Borthwick has been a mainstay at position one as the junior has posted a 9-7 record this season. Borthwick also has a 5-5 record in doubles, often being paired with either Cartwright or freshman Emily Fanning.
“It is a big weekend for us,” said Borthwick. “We have two pretty much back-to-back matches. One is away and one is home, so that is a little bit different for us having to travel so much. But it’s also big to get everyone some confidence early on in the conference season.”
Mia Vriens has been an anchor for Florida State on court four, recording a 4-0 mark at that position this spring. She has won six singles matches in a row dating back to the fall.
The four freshman continue to compete and push of court time. Daniela Schippers is 4-2 in both singles and doubles this spring with a majority of those matches on court three. Fanning has played several matches on court two and won the first collegiate match she played on January 19.