Schippers Named Most Improved Player
TEMPE, Ariz. – Following the conclusion of a stellar senior season, Florida State's Daniela Schippers was named Most Improved Player for the ITA Southeast Region, the Intercollegiate Tennis Association announced on Monday.
The lone senior on a team made up almost entirely of underclassmen, Schippers led the Seminoles to the team's first win in the NCAA Championship since 2014, a 4-2 upset of No. 26 Arizona State last Friday.
On the year, Schippers has 11 singles victories, while holding an 18-3 record in doubles. Schippers' doubles performance allowed the Noles to win 20 doubles points in 2017, including six straight to end the season and advance in the NCAA Championship.
Schippers led Florida State to six consecutive victories, including clinching a victory over No. 28 Notre Dame, that pushed the Seminoles back into postseason position. Schippers also clinched a 4-3 road win at Virginia Tech to conclude the regular season.
For her collegiate career, Schippers has 39 career singles victories and 39 doubles dual match victories, 53 singles and 44 doubles wins overall.
Last season as a junior, Schippers registered just 13 dual match decisions as she missed most of the fall and spring seasons with injury, and was able to rebound in a big way for her final season in the garnet and gold.
Schippers tallied a 14-6 overall record as a sophomore in 2014-15. Schippers also shined in the classroom that season, earning ITA Scholar-Athlete, ACC Academic Honor Roll, and All-ACC Academic Team honors.
As a freshman in 2013-14, Schippers joined the team in the spring and immediately made an impact at Florida State, winning her first singles match against UAB to clinch the team victory. Schippers was instrumental in the Seminoles' upset over Arizona in the first round of the NCAA championships, earning a 6-4, 6-2 singles win to help spring the Florida State victory.
Off the court, Schippers is very involved in many organizations on campus. She has been involved with the Student-Athlete Advisory Council (SAAC) since her second semester on campus, the Women in Leadership Development (WILD), Team IMPACT, has participated in National Literacy Week, and has volunteered with the Kearney Center, the Special Olympics, and various nursing homes throughout Tallahassee.
Schippers is the third Seminole in three seasons to be named Most Improved Senior, following former standout Daneika Borthwick's honor in 2015. On the men's side, Benjamin Lock won the national ITA Most Improved Player award last season.
Head coach Jennifer Hyde:
“There is no one else on the planet who deserves this award more than Dany. To look back at the start of her college career, and to really take in how far she has come is truly amazing. She was especially instrumental in our success this season, going 16-2 on the doubles court and clinching so many huge matches for us throughout. Last season, she battled back from a broken wrist which she sustained on the first day of practice in the fall, and never really found her groove last season. But this year, Dany was lights out for us. Her work ethic and commitment to developing and improving her game never stopped. That focus, along with the huge improvements during her career, is exactly why she is totally deserving of this award. We could not be more proud of Dany.”
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