Playing in the top doubles spot, sophomore Gabriella Castaneda and freshman Julia Mikulski beat No. 64 Lexi Borr and Jackie Urbaniti, 6-2. It was just the second win of the season for the pair and first ranked win of Mikulski’s doubles career.
FSU clinched the match on Court 3 with Lana Rush and Daniela Schippers winning 6-2 over Asiya Dair and Jennifer Ren. Seniors Daneika Borthwick and Yukako Noi, playing on Court 2 for the first time this season and the fourth time in their careers, led 4-3 when the match was clinched.
In singles, the Eagles (7-8, 2-6 ACC) tied the match with a 6-2, 6-4 win on Court 2 from No. 86 Dair over Mikulski. FSU retook the lead 2-1 with Schippers’ 6-4, 6-2 win on Court 6. It was the junior’s second consecutive win.
Rush tallied her first ACC singles win of the year, 6-4, 6-3, over Ren, giving the Noles a 3-1 lead. Noi clinched the Seminole win on Court 3, 7-5, 6-1 over Katya Vasilyev.
With the match clinched, No. 55 Borthwick beat #113 Borr, 7-5, 2-6, 1-0 (4) for her sixth ranked singles win of the year. Castaneda won on Court 4, 4-6, 6-2, 6-4 to provide the final margin.
Head coach Jennifer Hyde:
“We’ve been spending so much time on doubles and had a number of opportunities, it just wasn’t clicking. It was nice today, we had a couple specific game plans and things we were doing, and the girls did a great job executing and it felt great to get the doubles point. That’s something we should be doing often and it’s nice to get that first one under our belt. We made a switch at 1-2 spot and they stepped up and won at No. 1 doubles, a freshman and a sophomore there. Great job by Lana and Dany on Court 3. They had a game plan and completely took their opponents out of the match. That’s what we need to do.”
On winning the first ACC match of the season:
“It feels amazing. There’s nothing like the feeling of winning. It’s been a long, hard road the last couple of weeks with the tough ACC schedule we’ve had. We’ve had some illnesses, some injuries but playing through them. I told the girls the wins don’t come on Friday and Sunday, they come Monday through Thursday and everything we’re doing to prepare and get ready for matches, the specific things in practice, I’m proud of them.”
On turning today’s win into momentum for No. 12 Virginia Sunday:
“We’re expecting a good match against Virginia. They’ve had a heck of a season already. They’ve had a few tough losses recently. The big thing about college tennis is it’s on the day – the team that shows up, competes a little better on the day, wants it more on the day. Not much separates 1 from 100 right now. We need to get our bodies and minds ready for a big match Sunday.”
Senior Yukako Noi:
“I didn’t know I was about to clinch the match, but it was a great feeling. Today was a complete team effort. We did a very good job. Everyone fought really hard and that we got the doubles point was really big. We really wanted that and I’m feeling really good.”
– The win by Castaneda and Mikulski in doubles was just the second ranked win of the season for the Seminoles. Borthwick and Noi beat No. 41 Natalie Suk and Mai El Kamash of Ole Miss in October.
– FSU is now 11-2 all-time against Boston College, all coming under Hyde since the Eagles joined the conference in 2006.
The Seminoles will face No. 12 Virginia Sunday at 12 p.m. at the Scott Speicher Tennis Center. If inclement weather moves the match indoors, it will begin at 10:30 a.m. The second match on Sunday, against Troy, has been moved to April 15.
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#53 Boston College vs. Florida State
March 25, 2016 – Indoor Tennis Facility, Tallahassee, Fla.
#55 Daneika Borthwick (FSU) def. #113 Lexi Borr (BC), 7-5, 2-6, 1-0 (4)
#86 Asiya Dair (BC) def. Julia Mikulski (FSU), 6-2, 6-4
Yukako Noi (FSU) def. Katya Vasilyev (BC), 7-5, 6-1
Gabriella Castaneda (FSU) vs. Emily Safron (BC), 4-6, 6-2, 6-4
Lana Rush (FSU) def. Jennifer Ren (BC), 6-4, 6-3
Daniela Schippers (FSU) def. Jackie Urbaniti (BC), 6-4, 6-2
Castaneda/Mikulski (FSU) def. #64 Borr/Urbaniti (BC), 6-2
Borthwick/Noi (FSU) vs. Safron/Vasilyev (BC), 4-3, dnf
Rush/Schippers (FSU) def. Dair/Ren (BC), 6-2
Order of Finish: Singles – 2,6,5,3,1,4; Doubles – 1,3