March 22, 2014
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – In a day that meant a lot to FSU history as well as right here in the present, the No. 43-ranked Florida State women’s tennis team (9-6, 4-3 ACC) defeated No. 57 NC State (7-5, 1-4 ACC) by a score of 5-2 on March 22 at the Curtis & Jacqueline Dail Tennis Center.
The win gives head coach Jennifer Hyde a total of 142 for her career which is the most all-time in FSU women’s tennis history. She passed Anne Davis (141-105) who coached the Seminoles from 1980-87. Hyde now has an FSU coaching record of 142-88, for a winning percentage of .617, which is the highest in school history as well.
“Today was a really good college tennis match,” said Hyde. “I’m really proud of how well this team fought today. The windy conditions were challenging on both sides of the net, and it was a dogfight out there. This was an all-around team victory. Every girl on the team had a hand in this victory and should feel very proud.”
The Seminoles came out and dominated the doubles point from the very beginning. Taking the early lead on all three courts, freshmen Duda Santos and Majlena Pedersen won the first doubles match on court two over Elisha Hande and Nicole Martinez, 8-1.
Singles got off to a good start with Kristina Schleich posting a quick, 6-2, 6-2, straight-set victory on court five over Liza Fieldsend to make it 2-0 FSU.
“I had a good match today and was able to be patient with my opponent and stay in the rallies,” said Schleich. “I feel like our team came out really strong today and everyone was ready to compete really hard.”
NC State would tie it up at 2-2 with wins on court six and court one. The final three singles matches would all go for Florida State, starting on court three. Mia Vriens fell behind early but stayed focused and came back to take care of business in a tough 7-5, 6-3, win over Nicole Martinez.
“It was great to come back and get the job done after being down in the first set,” said Vriens. “It wasn’t the best tennis but I was happy. Overall it was a great team effort and everyone showed up today and fought their hardest.”
The match was clinched on court four by Daniela Schippers as she battled through a tough three set match, losing set one 2-6, but coming back to take set two, 6-2, and set three, 6-4.
“Our match today was really good,” said Schippers. “We were mentally very strong and competed very well. In singles, I had a rough start but I started to fight for every point and this gave me the win. It felt great to have my team supporting me at all times, especially when we clinched the match. They all played great and overall it was a very mental win.”
Cartwright finished the match with a tough battle on court two. She narrowly lost the first set 5-7, but came back strong in set number two, winning 6-3. The junior came out on a mission in the deciding third set and went on to win, 6-3.
“As always, winning the doubles point set the tone today,” added Hyde. “We jumped out to early leads on every court, and that is something we have been working on specifically this semester. In singles, NC State did a good job of grabbing the lead in first sets on a few courts. But we stayed very composed and played some very gritty tennis. We played big points unbelievably well, and that made a huge difference for us today.
FSU’s next match will be on March 23 against Duke at 11:00 a.m. The match will be shown on ESPN3 as part of USTA’s College MatchDay. The Seminoles last played on College MatchDay on Feb. 8 in Tallahassee as they defeated LSU, 4-1.
Saturday, March 22, 2014 – No. 43 Florida State 5, No. 57 NC State 2
1. Joelle Kissell (ST) def. Daneika Borthwick (FSU) 7-5, 6-2
2. Kerrie Cartwright (FSU) def. Rachael James-Baker (ST) 5-7, 6-3, 6-3
3. Mia Vriens (FSU) def. Nicole Martinez (ST) 7-5, 6-3
4. Daniela Schippers (FSU) def. Natalia Janowicz (ST) 2-6, 6-2, 6-4
5. Kristina Schleich (FSU) def. Liza Fieldsend (ST) 6-2, 6-2
6. Elisha Hande (ST) def. Laurence Porry (FSU) 6-2, 6-4
1. Daneika Borthwick/Kerrie Cartwright (FSU) def. Joelle Kissell/Sophie Nelson (ST) 8-3
2. Duda Santos/Majiena Pederson (FSU) def. Elisha Hande/Nicole Martinez (ST) 8-1
3. Liza Fieldsend/Rachael James-Baker (ST) vs. Mia Vriens/Kristina Schleich (FSU) 4-6, unfinished
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1); Singles (5,6,1,3,4,2)