TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Riding a six-match winning streak, the No. 47 Florida State women’s tennis team (14-8, 6-5 ACC) will host the No. 46 Clemson Tigers (9-10, 4-6 ACC) on Sunday at 12:00 p.m. Before the Clemson match, senior Daniela Schippers will be recognized as part of Senior Day festivities. The current six-match winning streak is the longest streak of consecutive wins since the 2011 season, when the Seminoles reeled off six straight wins in out-of-conference play.
Last time out, the nationally-ranked Seminoles faced the No. 28 Notre Dame Fighting Irish in a televised match on ACC Network Extra on Thursday night. The Seminoles did not drop a point in a dominant 4-0 shutout victory over the Irish.
Following the incredible victory over Notre Dame, the Seminoles faced the Florida A&M Rattlers, who they quickly dispatched 5-0.
In the match against Notre Dame, Schippers, who is playing in the final home weekend of her career, clinched the Florida State victory with a 6-2, 6-2 straight set win over Zoe Spence. Sunday’s match against Clemson will be Schipper’s final appearance at the Scott Speicher Tennis Center.
“It’s just an amazing feeling for me in the last home weekend and it’s super special to have been able to clinch with these girls,” Schippers said after the match. “I’m going to miss playing on these courts and I really wanted it to be a special moment.”
Schippers, who also earned a win against FAMU and has two singles victories and a doubles win this week, holds a perfect 12-0 doubles record when playing with junior Gabriella Castaneda. Schippers owns an 8-7 record in singles this dual match season, playing primarily in the lineup on court four.
For her collegiate career, Schippers has 43 career singles victories and 38 doubles victories.
Although she missed most of last season with injury, Schippers tallied a 14-6 record as a sophomore in 2014-15. Schippers also shined in the classroom that season, earning ITA Scholar-Athlete, ACC Academic Honor Roll, and All-ACC Academic Team honors.
As a freshman in 2013-14, Schippers joined the team in the spring and immediately made an impact at Florida State, winning her first singles match against UAB to clinch the team victory. Schippers was instrumental in the Seminoles’ upset over Arizona in the first round of the NCAA championships, earning a 6-4, 6-2 singles win to help spring the Florida State victory.
On the international stage, Schippers became the youngest Fed Cup player for her native Guatemala in 2010, and since has accumulated 14 wins while representing her country in international play.
Preceding the match on Senior Day, Florida State’s tennis programs traditionally recognize departing seniors and their families by flying the flag and playing the national anthem of the home country of the student-athlete. Originally from Guatemala City, Guatemala, the Seminoles will show appreciation for the international influence on the program by playing the Guatemalan national anthem before the match.
Fans can follow along with the Clemson match on Sunday with live stats here: http://stats.statbroadcast.com/statmonitr/?id=173592
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