TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Intercollegiate Tennis Association announced the 2014 Division I preseason rankings on Monday and the Florida State women’s tennis team nabbed two single rankings and a double ranking for the first time since the 2010-11 season.
Seniors Daneika Borthwick and Kerrie Cartwright look to build on a great 2013-14 season and are ranked No. 9 in the doubles – the highest doubles preseason ranking in school history. Last season, the pairing finished with a 13-5 record and was ranked as high as No. 30 before ending the season ranked No. 32. They defeated three ranked opponents and qualified for the 2014 NCAA Doubles Championships. The duo won nine doubles matches in a row from March 17 to May 9 with victories over Clemson’s No. 26 Yana Koroleva/Beatrice Gumulya (8-5) and Virginia’s No. 11 Julia Elbaba/Rachel Pierson (8-6).
Junior Yukako Noi comes in as the highest ranked Seminole in the rankings at No. 79. A transfer from VCU, Noi has a 25-16 career singles record and was named to the Atlantic 10 First Team in 2013 and 2014. The Gojo, Japan native is an added weapon to an already experienced Florida State team.
Cartwright comes into the 2014-15 season ranked No. 91 in the singles rankings. She earned All-ACC Second Team honors last year as she became one of the leaders for the Seminoles. Including four ranked wins as a junior, she won 15 singles matches tying teammate Borthwick for the team lead. Cartwright was ranked as high as No. 117 in singles and closed out the season ranked No. 124.
Florida State begins its fall schedule on September 22 at the Amelia Island Pro Circuit event in Amelia Island, Fla and continues at the Furman Fall Classic in Greenville, S.C. on September 26.
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