May 21, 2014
ATHENS, Ga. (Seminoles.com) – Juniors Kerrie Cartwright and Daneika Borthwick are ready to compete in the 2014 NCAA Division I Women’s Tennis championships as one of the 32 doubles teams selected for the tournament. The singles and doubles competition will be conducted May 21-26 at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex in Athens, Georgia. Live scoring and video will be available on NCAA.com.
“I know Daneika and Kerrie are both very excited to be playing in the NCAA Championships,” said head coach Jennifer Hyde. “It is certainly a place they have earned this season. The tennis of the last few days here in Athens has been very inspiring to say the least. Watching the team championships has fired everyone up for the individual portion and the opportunity to play for a national title.
“We have been practicing hard, they are feeling good and fresh. The weather is going to be perfect and the stage is set as we have a good first round opponent from Pepperdine. We are really looking forward to our match on Thursday. Can’t wait to get these girls back on court competing, they are ready to go.”
The No. 30-ranked pair of Seminoles will take on Michaela Capannolo and Yuki Chiang from Pepperdine on May 22. Capannolo and Chiang are currently ranked No. 78 by the ITA and had a 14-6 record together this season. They ended the season on a five-game winning streak and also went undefeated in conference play.
Cartwright and Borthwick 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 month and a half 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.