Cary, N.C. – Junior Daniela Schippers won her third match of the season, and second against Boston College, in 12-seed FSU’s 4-1 win over the 13-seed Eagles in the first round of the ACC Tournament Wednesday afternoon. Along with Schippers, the Noles got wins from freshman Ariana Rahmanparast and sophomore Gabriella Castaneda as well as winning the doubles point.
In doubles, No. 60 Florida State (14-12) used wins on Courts 1 and 2 to open a 1-0 lead. On Court 1, Castaneda and senior Yukako Noi improved to 4-1 on the season, all in the last five matches, with a 6-2 win over Lexi Borr and Jackie Urbinati, which tied doubles after the Eagles won 6-0 on Court 3.
Heading to a tiebreaker on Court 2, senior Daneika Borthwick and Schippers remained a perfect 5-0 on the year with a 7-6 (5) win over Emily Safron and Katya Vasilyev. It was the fourth consecutive match against an ACC opponent that the Noles won the doubles point after achieving the feat just twice in the first 11 conference matches of the year.
In singles, the Seminoles won the first set on five of six courts and were able to close the Eagles on three of them to advance to Thursday’s second round. The Eagles’ Safron evened the match at 1-1 with a 6-0, 6-4 win over an injured Julia Mikulski on Court 4, but Rahmanparast quickly answered with a 6-4, 6-2 win on Court 5 over Jennifer Ren.
Castaneda made the score 3-1 with a 6-3, 6-0 win over Borr on Court 2, and Schippers clinched the win with a 6-2, 7-5 win on Court 6.
FSU’s two seniors, Borthwick and Noi, remained unfinished. No. 38 Borthwick’s streak of 15 consecutive sets won ended against No. 72 Asiya Dair with a second set loss, but she remains unbeaten in her last 10 matches.
Head coach Jennifer Hyde:
“It’s nice to have the first round of the ACC Championships behind us. We kind of knew what to expect today and we did a good job managing our bodies and minds. It was great to get that doubles point, it started the match absolutely right. We didn’t play great, but still found a way to get that point. Sometimes that’s more of a confidence builder. I’m excited to get going against Virginia tomorrow.”
On the doubles play from the past five matches:
“Both teams are a great compliment to each other. Both partnerships complement each other very well on their game styles. They know what makes them comfortable and their opponents uncomfortable and it’s working quite well. We improved throughout the season and it was nice to see this come together the last few weeks at the right time. We just need to continue this mentality.”
On freshman Ariana Rahmanparast’s win in her first ACC Tournament match:
“She’s a complete competitor. She doesn’t care the stage, the moment or who she’s competing against, she wants to win. She wants to compete and do anything she can do to win matches and last as long as she needs. She’s a pure-bred competitor.”
On junior Daniela Schippers’ win building confidence for Thursday:
“Huge day for Dany. If you’re not playing your best, but can still find a way to clinch for your team in an ACC Championship match, if that doesn’t breed confidence, I don’t know what does. I’m glad it was on her shoulders today and get the clinch for herself and this team. We know that the depth in our lineup, when we’re healthy, is one of the best things about it, and today she proved that.”
– FSU has won at least one match at the ACC Tournament in 23 of 25 appearances, including every year since 2007.
– The Noles are on a season-high four-match win streak.
– Borthwick is 8-0 over her last ten matches (two unfinished), the longest unbeaten streak of her career.
– Borthwick’s 81 singles wins (9th all-time) and 74 doubles wins (9th) place her on the school’s all-time wins charts.
– Borthwick’s 22 wins sets a single-season career high, while her 24 doubles wins are six more than her high of 18 from last year.
– ACC Tournament Career: Borthwick 3-4 (S), 4-5 (D); Schippers 3-3 (S), 1-1 (D); Castaneda 3-1 (S), 4-0 (D); Noi 3-1 (S), 2-3 (D); Phillips 0-1 (D); Rahmanparast 1-0 (S), 0-1 (D); Mikulski 0-1 (S)
Florida State will face No. 16 Virginia in the second round of the ACC Tournament Thursday at 1 p.m. The Cavaliers beat the Seminoles 4-0 in Tallahassee last month.
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#60 Florida State def. #66 Boston College, 4-1
April 20, 2016 – Cary Tennis Park, Cary, N.C.
#38 Daneika Borthwick (FSU) vs. #72 Asiya Dair (BC), 6-3, 1-6, 0-1, dnf.
Gabriella Castaneda (FSU) def. #101 Lexi Borr (BC), 6-3, 6-0
Yukako Noi (FSU) vs. Katya Vasilyev (BC), 7-6 (3), 2-2, dnf.
Emily Safron (BC) def. Julia Mikulski (FSU), 6-0, 6-4
Ariana Rahmanparast (FSU) def. Jennifer Ren (BC), 6-4, 6-2
Daniela Schippers (FSU) def. Jackie Urbinati (BC), 6-2, 7-5
Castaneda/Noi (FSU) def. Borr/Urbinati (BC), 6-2
Borthwick/Schippers (FSU) def. Safron/Vasilyev (BC), 7-6 (5)
Dair/Wan-Yi Sweeting (BC) def. Kathryn Phillips/Rahmanparast (FSU), 6-0
Order of Finish: Singles – 4,5,2,6; Doubles – 3,1,2