March 27, 2016 - by
Florida State Drops Tight Match against No. 12 Virginia

Tallahassee, Fla. – Getting moved indoors for the second time this weekend due to weather, Florida State (9-9, 1-7 ACC) fell to No. 12 Virginia (11-7, 6-3 ACC) 4-0 Sunday afternoon at the Indoor Tennis Facility. The Cavaliers won the doubles point with wins on Courts 1 and 2. No. 21 Danielle Collins and Meghan Kelley beat Gabriella Castaneda and Julia Mikulski, 6-1, while Cassie Mercer and Stephanie Nauta clinched the Cavalier win with a 7-5 win on Court 2.

Junior Daniela Schippers and sophomore Lana Rush were at 5-5 when the match was abandoned.

In singles, Virginia won three matches in straight sets for its third consecutive win in the series. No. 16 Julia Elbaba knocked off Yukako Noi, 6-4, 6-2, Victoria Olivarez beat Castaneda, 6-4, 6-4, and Kelley won a second-set tiebreaker to beat Rush on Court 5 and clinch the match, 6-1, 7-6 (7).

Two of the unfinished matches, Mikulski on Court 3 and Schippers on Court 6, were in a third set, while senior Daneika Borthwick trailed the fourth-ranked Collins on Court 1, 7-5, 5-3.

Head coach Jennifer Hyde:
“We had another really good look at getting a doubles point. We had a 5-3 lead down at three and four game points on two that we did not win that would have made a tremendous difference in the 7-5 loss. We did exactly what we needed to do. We were aggressive, gave ourselves the opportunity. It was a shame we couldn’t capitalize on it but I’m glad to see that we’re right there.

“Up and down the line, we battled really well in singles. I don’t think the 4-0 score was evident of how tight that match was, and I think Virginia would agree with that as well. They were pressed in a number of spots today and they were a little better in the bigger points. They were a lot more courageous and executed at a higher level than we did on big points. There were a lot of close, tight matches that if we get some things to go our way, we can pull those out.

“It’s getting us excited for our road trip to Notre Dame and Syracuse because we all feel like this team is starting to take off. The momentum is pretty strong and we’ll get back to work and ready for the next match.”

The Seminole men and women will play at 3:30 pm at Notre Dame Friday, April 1. The women will continue to Syracuse for a Sunday afternoon match.

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#12 Virginia 4, Florida State 0
March 27, 2016 – Indoor Tennis Facility, Tallahassee, Fla.

#55 Daneika Borthwick (FSU) vs. #4 Danielle Collins (UVA), 5-7, 3-5, dnf.
#16 Julia Elbaba (UVA) def. Yukako Noi (FSU), 6-4, 6-2
Julia Mikulski (FSU) vs. #111 Stephanie Nauta (UVA), 6-4, 4-6, 1-1, dnf.
Victoria Olivarez (UVA) def. Gabriella Castaneda (FSU), 6-4, 6-4
Meghan Kelley (UVA) def. Lana Rush (FSU), 6-1, 7-6 (7)
Daniela Schippers (FSU) vs. Erica Susi (UVA), 4-6, 6-3, dnf.

#21 Collins/Kelley (UVA) def. Castaneda/Mikulski (FSU), 6-1
Cassie Mercer/Nauta (UVA) def. Borthwick/Noi (FSU), 7-5
Rush/Schippers (FSU) vs. Elbaba/Susi (UVA), 5-5, dnf.

Order of Finish: Singles – 2,4,5; Doubles – 1,2

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