KISSIMMEE, Fla. – The Florida State women’s tennis team has its fall season come to an end after the conclusion of the USTA Collegiate Clay Court Invitational presented by VISIT FLORIDA at Disney’s ESPN Wide World of Sports complex on Sunday.
Senior Daneika Borthwick and partner redshirt freshman Emily Fanning reached the Doubles A Draw finals after winning three straight matches to begin the tournament. The Seminoles pair faced off against a talented duo from Auburn in Michala Kucharova and Reka Muller.
In the first set Florida State trailed early 1-3, but were able to rally back to tie it at five apiece. After Auburn pulled ahead 6-5, the Noles were able to bounce back again to force a tiebreaker. In the end, Borthwick and Fanning dropped the first set to Kucharova and Muller.
With the pressure mounting, Florida State had to come out strong in the second set and that is exactly what Borthwick and Fanning did. The FSU duo never gave up and rolled over the pair from Auburn in the must-win second set, 6-1.
The championship of the Doubles A Draw finals came down to a deciding third set tiebreaker. Borthwick and Fanning continued their second set success into the third and jumped out to a fast start leading, 8-5. After Auburn came all the way back to take a 9-8 advantage, Florida State’s No. 1 doubles team kept fighting in the back-and-forth tiebreaker until it eventually fell, 12-14.
Kucharova and Muller were crowned champions of the Doubles A Draw at the USTA Collegiate Clay Court Invitational presented by VISIT FLORIDA by defeating Borthwick and Fanning 7-6 (5), 1-6, 1-0 (12).
The fall season has now ended and Florida State won’t be back in competitive action until its first dual match against Stetson and UAB at the Scott Speicher Tennis Center in Tallahassee, Fla. on January 18.
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Doubles A Draw:
Kucharova/Muller (AU) def. Borthwick/Fanning (FSU) 7-6 (5), 1-6, 1-0 (12)