May 5, 2014
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Seminoles.com) – Juniors Daneika Borthwick and Kerrie Cartwright were recently chosen as one of the 32 doubles teams to compete in the 2014 NCAA Division I Women’s Tennis championships.
The singles and doubles competition will be conducted May 21-26 at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex in Athens, Georgia, following the conclusion of the team championship, which runs from May 15-20.
“I am really excited for Kerrie and Daneika. It is a hard-earned accomplishment and I am so glad that they were rewarded for all the great tennis they played together during the spring,” said head coach Jennifer Hyde. “There were a number of doubles matches where they were even or had leads against top-ranked doubles teams that were stopped when the doubles point was clinched. I was concerned that those unfinished matches would have kept them out of nationals and am very excited that they were able to advance because they have every right to be in that tournament.
“They can do damage when they make their minds up. We are focused now on the team competition, but once that winds down we will get them ready to head in and give it a go at a national title in doubles.”
The duo posted a 14-8 record together this year, including a 12-4 mark during the spring dual-match season. They have three wins over ranked opponents, and all three have been within the last five weeks with wins over Syracuse’s Valeria Garza and Maddie Kobelt (No. 45), Virginia’s Julia Elbaba and Rachel Pierson (No. 11) and Clemson’s Yana Korleva and Beatrice Gumulya (No. 26).
Borthwick and Cartwright are the seventh Florida State doubles pairing to be selected for the NCAA Championships. The last team was Nicola Slater and Carolin Walter in 2007. Audra Brannon and Laura Randmaa made the FSU’s deepest run in the NCAA doubles tournament when they made the quarterfinals in 1993.
However, before the doubles competition, the Florida State women’s tennis team will play Arizona at 1:00 p.m. on May 9 in the first round of the 2014 NCAA Team Championships. The winner will go on to face either Georgia or Elon on May 10 at 4:00 p.m. Both matches will be held at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex in Athens, Ga.