February 20, 2016 - by

Seminoles Win Four on Military Appreciation Day

Tallahassee, Fla. – On a day that saw the return of the family of Scott Speicher to the tennis complex that bears his name, the Seminole tennis teams won four matches Saturday during the 2nd Annual Military Appreciation Day, with the women shutting out Navy and Florida A&M, while the men knocked off The Citadel and Liberty. Speicher was a 1980 Florida State graduate and a Navy captain that was the first casualty of the Gulf War, and his family attended the women’s opener against the US Naval Academy.

In a prematch celebration to honor the Speicher family and all military veterans, the Seminoles presented The Citadel and Navy teams with challenge coins and FSU president John Thrasher directed comments towards those in attendance.

FSU WOMEN 7, NAVY 0

The 36th-ranked Noles (6-2) opened the day with a 7-0 win over the visiting Midshipmen (7-5). FSU won the doubles point with a 6-4 win on Court 1 by Daneika Borthwick and Gabriella Castaneda after the schools split on Courts 2 and 3.

In singles, FSU won all 12 sets, with senior Yukako Noi clinching the match with a 6-3, 6-0 win on Court 2 over Navy’s Kristine Rojo.

FSU WOMEN 4, FLORIDA A&M 0

In the afternoon match, the women needed less than 90 minutes to complete a 4-0 win over the crosstown Rattlers (2-5). Florida State (7-2) won a pair of 6-0 decisions in doubles, and dropped just five games in winning three singles matches. The highlight of the match was the return of junior Daniela Schippers, who played her first singles match since injuring her wrist during the first practice of the fall in September.

Schippers led 6-0, 5-0 when the match was clinched.

FSU MEN 6, The Citadel 1

Playing on the north courts while the women faced Navy, the No. 25 FSU men (7-2) played without two of its top players and still walked away with a 6-1 victory over The Citadel (7-7). Without seniors Benjamin Lock and Marco Nunez at the top of the lineup, Jose Gracia and Jack Haffey were able to crack the lineup and cruised to a 6-1 win on Court 3 in doubles. Aziz Dougaz and Michael Rinaldi won on Court 2 to clinch the point.

In singles, Florida State swept the Bulldogs on Courts 1-5, including one bagel each on Courts 1-4. The Citadel’s lone point came on Court 6, with Michael Anzalone defeating Parker Evertsen in a third-set super tiebreaker, 6-3, 5-7, (11-9).

FSU MEN 4, Liberty 0

The afternoon match played out much like the first, with the Noles (8-2) winning the doubles point and the first three singles matches to knock off Liberty (3-5). Dougaz and Rinaldi won 6-1 on Court 1, while Gracia and Haffey clinched the doubles point on Court 3 with a 6-4 win.

In singles, Terrance and Terrell Whitehurst won in quick fashion, while Gracia clinched the match and ended play for the day with a 6-4, 6-3 win on Court 5 over Diego Castano.

QUOTES:
Women’s Head Coach Jennifer Hyde:
“Today was an absolutely amazing day. So many people were a part of something fairly unique and special that we’re doing here with Florida State tennis. It was a great tribute to the legacy of Scott Speicher, a tribute to our student veterans and the military community as a whole, and the service academies that were able to come for today’s matches.”

On the level of play from her team today:
“I’m so happy for Dany Schippers to be back in the lineup after returning from a broken wrist. It’s great to have her back on court competing for us. It was nice to have all seven girls play for us today. This season is going to continue to intensify and spots in the lineup will get moved around. It’s going to be exciting and the girls will have to make sure to take full advantage of every opportunity they are getting.”

On looking ahead to ACC play beginning next Friday:
“We play a pair of Top 10 teams next week at Duke and North Carolina, so our opportunities to show our growth are staring us in the face.”

Junior Daniela Schippers:
“I had missed the court and competition so much. Competing is my favorite thing. I prefer it a lot more than just practicing. It was great to feel that adrenaline and I love that kind of pressure. It was a good match for me to begin and I’m looking forward to playing against UNC and Duke next week. My team was really happy for me today and that was really cool.”

Men’s Head Coach Dwayne Hultquist:
“Florida State is very military friendly, and that’s one of the goals of President Thrasher. We feel a sense of appreciation for all the people who have served and represented our country. We have a special connection to Scott Speicher because he was an FSU student. With our courts being named after him, it’s great that his family was able to return today. We also had a great crowd and people came out specifically for military day, but the tennis was great and hopefully we made a few new fans today.”

On today’s matches:
“I was pleased with Jose, he went 4-0 today. I was pleased with Jack, he went 3-0 and close to winning his second singles match before running out of time. He did great today. It was a good overall day. It was nice to get a few extra people in the lineup.”

NOTES:

–      The men’s win over The Citadel was win No. 1,000 in program history.

–      The women improved to 15-0 all-time against Florida A&M, while the men improved to 4-0 in the all-time series against The Citadel. It was each program’s first match against Navy and Liberty.

–      The women improved to 2-0 all-time on Military Appreciation Day after a 6-1 win over Air Force in 2015.

NEXT UP:

The Seminole women head to North Carolina to face No. 7 Duke and No. 2 North Carolina next weekend, beginning in Durham Friday night at 5 p.m. The men will head to Gainesville to face No. 23 Florida in the Share a Little Sunshine matchup.

For more information on Florida State tennis, check Seminoles.com for the latest news and scheduling information, or keep up with the teams on social media through Twitter (@FSU_MTennis/@FSU_WTennis), Facebook (/FSUMTennis & /FSU.WTennis), and Instagram (@FSU_MTennis/@FSUWTennis).

No. 36 Florida State 7, Navy 0
February 20, 2016 – Scott Speicher Tennis Center, Tallahassee, Fla.
Daneika Borthwick (FSU) def. Amanda Keller (Navy), 6-2, 6-2
Yukako Noi (FSU) def. Kristine Rojo (Navy), 6-3, 6-0
Gabriella Castaneda (FSU) def. Claudia Mackenzie (Navy), 6-3, 6-4
Julia Mikulski (FSU) def. Sam Droop (Navy), 6-2, 6-1
Ariana Rahmanparast (FSU) def. Katie Porter (Navy), 6-0, 6-2
Lana Rush (FSU) def. Rozel Hernandez (Navy), 6-1, 6-2

Borthwick/Castaneda (FSU) def. Droop/Keller (Navy), 6-4
Mikulski/Noi (FSU) def. Audrey Channell/Anastasia Kondrasov (Navy), 6-2
Carlee Conway/Summer Ralston (Navy) def. Rahmanparast/Rush (FSU), 6-4

Order of Finish – Singles: 5,4,2,6,1,3; Doubles: 2,3,1

No. 36 Florida State 4, Florida A&M 0
February 20, 2016 – Scott Speicher Tennis Center, Tallahassee, Fla.
Daneika Borthwick (FSU) def. Alexis Dean (FAMU), 6-0, 6-0
Yukako Noi (FSU) vs. Shantel Blackwood (FAMU), 6-3, 5-1, dnf
Gabriella Castaneda (FSU) def. Olivia Rolle (FAMU), 6-1, 6-1
Daniela Schippers (FSU) vs. Dominique Henry (FAMU), 6-0, 5-0, dnf
Julia Mikulski (FSU) vs. Arrice Robinson (FAMU), 6-2, 5-0, dnf
Lana Rush (FSU) def. Elizabeth Clayton (FAMU), 6-0, 6-3

Borthwick/Rahmanparast (FSU) def. Blackwood/Robinson (FAMU), 6-0
Mikulski/Noi (FSU) def. Henry/Rolle (FAMU), 6-0
Castaneda/Rush (FSU) vs. Clayton/Dean (FAMU), 4-2

Order of Finish – Singles: 1,3,6; Doubles: 1,2

No. 25 Florida State 6, The Citadel 1
February 20, 2016 – Scott Speicher Tennis Center, Tallahassee, Fla.
Michael Rinaldi (FSU) def. Artemie Amari (CIT), 6-2, 6-0
Aziz Dougaz (FSU) def. Nicholas Bradley (CIT), 6-0, 6-1
Terrance Whitehurst (FSU) def. Matthew Henson (CIT), 6-4, 6-0
Jose Gracia (FSU) def. Jackson Pride (CIT), 6-0, 6-1
Jack Haffey (FSU) def. Roy Hobson (CIT), 6-1, 6-4
Michael Anzalone (CIT) def. Parker Evertsen (FSU), 6-3, 5-7, 1-0 (11-9)

Whitehurst/Terrell Whitehurst (FSU) vs. Amari/Bradley (CIT), 5-3, dnf
Dougaz/Rinaldi (FSU) def. Anzalone/Henson (CIT), 6-3
Gracia/Haffey (FSU) def. Connor Grady/Pride (CIT), 6-1

Order of Finish – Singles: 4,2,3,5,1,6; Doubles: 3,2

No. 25 Florida State 4, Liberty 0
February 20, 2016 – Scott Speicher Tennis Center, Tallahassee, Fla.
Michael Rinaldi (FSU) vs. Sam Matheson (LU), 6-2, 3-3, dnf
Aziz Dougaz (FSU) vs. Egon Samaai (LU), 7-5, 1-3, dnf
Terrance Whitehurst (FSU) def. Alex Poynter (LU), 6-0, 6-1
Terrell Whitehurst (FSU) def. Eddie Gutierrez (LU), 6-1, 6-4
Jose Gracia (FSU) def. Diego Castano (LU), 6-4, 6-3
Jack Haffey (FSU) vs. Jason Burgess (LU), 6-3, 4-1, dnf

Dougaz/Rinaldi (FSU) def. Matheson/Samaai (LU), 6-1
Whitehurst/Terrell Whitehurst (FSU) vs. Gutierrez/Poynter (LU), 5-3, dnf
Gracia/Haffey (FSU) def. David Bush/Castano (LU), 6-4

Order of Finish – Singles: 3,4,5; Doubles: 1,3

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