Tallahassee, Fla. – No. 57 Florida State (13-12, 4-10 ACC) beat Pitt (7-13, 1-13 ACC) 5-2 Sunday afternoon at the Scott Speicher Tennis Center. Highlighting the match was a Senior Day ceremony for Daneika Borthwick and Yukako Noi, and both seniors won a pair of matches on the day. In doubles, Gabriella Castaneda and Noi stomped Pitt’s Audrey Ann Blakely and Lolade Ogungbesan, 6-0, while Borthwick and Daniela Schippers beat UP’s Callie Frey and Amber Washington 6-2 on Court 2.
With a 1-0 lead entering singles, Noi continued her inspired play with a 6-0, 6-1 win over Carina Ma on Court 3 that gave FSU a lead they wouldn’t relinquish after Pitt tied it 1-1 on Court 6. After Noi’s win, Castaneda overcame a 4-4 tie in the first set to win in straight sets, 6-4, 6-2, and Borthwick clinched the match with a 7-5, 6-1 win over Blakely on Court 1.
With the match clinched, the final two courts went to a third set and the teams split. FSU’s Ariana Rahmanparast won 2-6, 6-4, 6-1 over Frey on Court 4, while Schippers fell 6-2, 4-6, 6-2 to Washington on Court 5.
Head coach Jennifer Hyde:
“It was a tough win. We were shorthanded with Jules (freshman Julia Mikulski) not in the lineup today. These girls just continue to step up when they need to. We have a tremendous amount of momentum heading in to the ACC Tournament this week. It’s a quick turnaround, we’ll head up there tomorrow night. The momentum is in our favor. We’re going in to our favorite event of the year where we tend to have success. I’m proud of the effort today of the girls. They played mature tennis and didn’t get too rattled with anything. Started right in doubles and we continue to get better there.”
On the seniors, Borthwick and Noi:
“They do a good job managing their emotions on a day like this. I’m proud of them. Yuki just came out and routed her opponent. She took care of business and enjoyed every minute of it. Daneika had a tough day today. She knew it wasn’t going to come easy and wasn’t as sharp but did a great job holding on.”
Senior Yukako Noi:
On playing in front of her family:
“I’m glad they could come today. Today was the first match they’ve come to this semester but they could come for my special day so that was great.”
On what the win means heading into the ACC Tournament:
“We’re excited to get to ACCs. We did so well to end the year and we want to get up there to show what we can do.”
Senior Daneika Borthwick:
On winning her matches on Senior Day:
“It was a tough match. (Blakely) made a lot of balls and made it a bit difficult for me in the wind, but I’m glad I could put the emotions aside and finish strong.”
On what she’ll miss playing with FSU:
“Everything – the team, the coaches, everyone behind the team, and especially the fans. We had a really good turn out today and they really get behind us and make our lives easier on the court.”
On the team’s emotions entering the ACC Tournament:
“We’re feeling confident. We got three good wins this weekend under our belt and we’ll go in and try and do what we did last year. We made the semifinals last year and we want to go one further and win it this year. The sky is the limit this year.”
– Borthwick is 8-0 over her last nine matches (one unfinished), the longest unbeaten streak of her career. She has won 14 consecutive sets and finishes the regular season 9-4 in the ACC, a new career high for conference wins.
– Borthwick’s 81 singles wins (9th all-time) and 73 doubles wins (T-9th) place her on the school’s all-time wins charts.
– Borthwick’s 22 wins sets a single-season career high, while her 23 doubles wins are five more than her high of 18 from last year.
The regular season is complete. FSU will be the 12-seed in the ACC Tournament and face 13-seed Boston College in the first round Wednesday at 1 p.m. at the Cary Tennis Park in Cary, N.C. FSU beat the Eagles 6-1 in Tallahassee last month.
For more information on Florida State tennis, check Seminoles.com for the latest news and scheduling information, or keep up with the team on social media through Twitter (@FSU_WTennis), Facebook (/FSU.WTennis), and Instagram (@FSUWTennis).
#57 Florida State def. Pitt, 5-2
April 17, 2016 – Scott Speicher Tennis Center, Tallahassee, Fla.
#31 Daneika Borthwick (FSU) def. Audrey Ann Blakely (UP), 7-5, 6-1
Gabriella Castaneda (FSU) def. Lolade Ogungbesan (UP), 6-4, 6-2
Yukako Noi (FSU) def. Carina Ma (UP), 6-0, 6-1
Ariana Rahmanparast (FSU) def. Callie Frey (UP), 2-6, 6-4, 6-1
Amber Washington (UP) def. Daniela Schippers (FSU), 6-2, 4-6, 6-2
Gabriela Rezende (UP) def. Kathryn Phillips (FSU), 6-0, 6-0
Castaneda/Noi (FSU) def. Blakely/Ogungbesan (UP), 6-0
Borthwick/Schippers (FSU) def. Frey/Washington (UP), 6-2
Phillips/Rahmanparast (FSU) vs. Ma/Rezende (UP), 5-5, dnf.
Order of Finish: Singles – 6,3,2,1,4,5; Doubles – 1,2