South Bend, Ind. – After picking up their first ACC win of the season, the FSU women’s tennis team is in Indiana for a match against Notre Dame Friday afternoon before heading to Syracuse for a Sunday morning first-serve against the Orange. Florida State (9-9, 1-7 ACC) is ranked No. 57 in this week’s ITA rankings after beating No. 53 Boston College last Friday in Tallahassee.
The jump from unranked to No. 57 was the largest jump of any team in the country this week.
The Seminoles are led by senior Daneika Borthwick, ranked No. 55 in singles. The Cumbria, England, native is coming off another ranked win against No. 113 Lexi Borr of Boston College last week. FSU also experimented with a new doubles lineup last week, bumping sophomore Gabriella Castaneda and freshman Julia Mikulski to the top spot and dropping Borthwick and senior Yukako Noi to number two. Against the Eagles, FSU won the doubles point for the first time this season in ACC play.
Friday’s 3:30 p.m. match against No. 44 Notre Dame is a rematch of last year’s second round matchup in the ACC Tournament, a 4-3 FSU win and the first win over the Fighting Irish in school history. The team’s split a pair of 4-3 matches last year, with Notre Dame winning in Tallahassee in mid-March. In the ACC Tournament, Borthwick, Noi, and junior Daniela Schippers won singles matches for FSU in knocking off the 36th-ranked Irish.
Sunday’s 11:00 a.m. start at Syracuse will be just the fourth all-time against the Orange, all coming in the past two seasons since Syracuse joined the conference before the 2014 season. FSU is 2-1 against Syracuse, dropping its only match in Syracuse by a 4-3 margin in 2014. FSU rallied to beat the Orange in the ACC Tournament that season before blanking SU 7-0 in 2015 in Tallahassee.
Friday’s match at Notre Dame is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. in a doubleheader with the FSU men’s team. After the Syracuse match, the Noles will stay on the road for matches next weekend at Wake Forest and North Carolina State before returning home for the season finale against Troy, Louisville and Pittsburgh.
To keep up with the women’s tennis team throughout the season, check Seminoles.com for the latest results and scheduling information, or keep up with the team on social media through Twitter (@FSU_WTennis), Facebook (http://cs.seminoles.com/FSU.WTennis), and Instagram (@FSU_WTennis).