Notre Dame, Ind. – After winning the doubles point for the second time in conference play this season, Florida State fell on four singles courts as Notre Dame left the Eck Tennis Pavilion 4-3 winners Friday afternoon. Five Seminoles contributed points against the Irish, including senior Daneika Borthwick and freshman Julia Mikulski in singles, but FSU couldn’t fight off another heartbreaking deficit in a season filled with them.
For the second time in a week, Florida State (9-10, 1-8 ACC) won the doubles point. Trotting out the same lineup they used to beat Boston College last week, FSU won on Courts 2 and 3 to enter singles play with a 1-0 lead. Borthwick and Yukako Noi won on Court 2, 6-3, over Mary Closs and Julie Vrabel. After the Irish (10-8, 4-5) took Court 1, Lana Rush and Daniela Schippers won their fourth match of the season together with a 6-3 clincher on Court 3.
Winning the doubles point, however, did not translate to immediate singles success for the Noles. Notre Dame took the first set on five of six courts, and won in straight sets on Court 2 (No. 61 Monica Robinson over Noi, 6-4, 6-2), Court 5 (Brooke Broda 6-1, 6-4 over Rush), and Court 3 (Allison Miller 6-2, 6-4 over Gabriella Castaneda) to take a 3-1 lead.
Needing all three remaining matches for the win, No. 55 Borthwick won in straight sets on Court 1, 6-4, 6-3 over No. 45 Quinn Gleason. It was Borthwick’s seventh ranked win of the season and fourth against ACC competition this spring. With the score 3-2, Mikulski fought back from a set down to beat Closs on Court 4, 4-6, 7-6 (3), 6-3 to even the score.
With the match down to the final court, Schippers, down a set after falling in a first-set tiebreaker, was unable to force a third against Jane Fennelly, with the Irish pulling out a 7-6 (5), 6-2 win on Court 6 and a 4-3 final margin.
Head coach Jennifer Hyde
“We started the match out great. We had a tremendous amount of feistiness and competed unbelievably well up and down the line. Winning that doubles point, it’s crucial in college tennis and we did a great effort. We got down a little bit of a deficit at No. 1, 3-0, and found a way to fight back and keep it very close against a Top 40 doubles team. At No. 2, our seniors did a good job of stepping up and playing very aggressive tennis. All three spots played very aggressive. It’s indoor tennis – it’s a different beast than outdoor tennis and we knew we had to approach it differently. They did a great job securing the doubles point.”
“We dropped the first set on five courts – kind of a slow start. Notre Dame did a good job taking away the momentum that we gained in doubles pretty quickly. Daneika played a girl she has faced a few times and played mature tennis at that No. 1 spot. To get a second point on the board was big.
“Jules did a great job, fighting back after dropping the first set to win the second and get a 5-2 lead in the third and finishing that match – very proud of that freshman and her continuing to step up and be a consistent point for us.”
On Sunday against Syracuse:
“We have to have to a quick rebound as we’re heading up to Syracuse to play another indoor match against a very tough team. We’ll get on the airplane, travel first thing tomorrow morning and get them rested and ready for another big ACC match. We expect a similar level of competition and we’ll be ready for it.”
– Borthwick’s win in singles gives her 75 for her career, four away from the Top 10 all-time at Florida State. Her doubles win was her 69th, two away from the Top 10.
– Florida State falls to 1-4 all-time against the Irish, with the win coming in last year’s ACC Tournament second round.
Florida State will stay on the road for an 11:00 a.m. match Sunday at No. 40 Syracuse. The Orange (9-6, 3-6 ACC) are coming off a 4-3 win over No. 19 Wake Forest Friday.
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#44 Notre Dame 4, #57 Florida State 3
April 1, 2016 – Eck Tennis Pavilion, Notre Dame, Ind.
#55 Daneika Borthwick (FSU) def. #45 Quinn Gleason (ND), 6-4, 6-3
#61 Monica Robinson (ND) def. Yukako Noi (FSU), 6-4, 6-2
Allison Miller (ND) def. Gabriella Castaneda (FSU), 6-2, 6-4
Julia Mikulski (FSU) def. Mary Closs (ND), 4-6, 7-6 (3), 6-3
Brooke Broda (ND) def. Lana Rush (FSU), 6-1, 6-4
Jane Fennelly (ND) def. Daniela Schippers (FSU), 7-6 (5), 6-2
#33 Gleason/Robinson (ND) def. Castaneda/Mikulski (FSU), 6-4
Borthwick/Noi (FSU) def. Closs/Julie Vrabel (ND), 6-3
Rush/Schippers (FSU) def. Broda/Miller (ND), 6-3
Order of Finish: Singles – 2,5,3,1,4,6; Doubles – 2,1,3