Jan. 31, 2014
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Playing for the first time at the Scott Speicher Tennis Center in 2014, the No. 27 Florida State women's tennis team (3-2) defeated No. 62 USF (2-2) by a score of 5-2 on January 31.
The doubles point was all about the action on court one. The `Noles and Bulls traded quick matches on courts two and three with FSU taking a 6-0 win on court two and USF winning 6-0 on court three. In a match that took 73 minutes, juniors Daneika Borthwick and Kerrie Cartwright defeated Kayla Rizzolo and Loreto Alonso-Martinez by a score of 7-6 (8-6). The `Noles trailed at 2-4, fought off a match point at 5-4 and even took a lead at 6-5 before USF held serve to force the tiebreaker.
It was tied at 3-3 at the first changeover and USF was serving for the match at 6-4 in the tiebreak. FSU battled through two more match points to make it 6-6 at the next changeover and won the next two points to take the tiebreaker, 8-6, and give Florida State the doubles point and a 1-0 match lead.
"We were down with a pretty big deficit at No. 1 doubles, trailing 2-4 and found a way to dig back into the match," said head coach Jennifer Hyde. "No. 2 doubles did a good job of getting on and off the court and took care of business. No. 1 doubles had their backs against the wall and were able to find a way to get it done and that made a tremendous difference going into singles.
"I think Kerrie and Daneika both needed that, needed to have the pressure on and I think they got better for having gotten through it."
"For us it was really important to get the doubles point to start off with because it gives momentum going into singles," said Borthwick. "And especially because the match was so tight and we have a couple of injuries, we wanted to get an early lead."
In singles, Borthwick kept the momentum up from her epic doubles match and defeated USF's Kayla Rizzolo on court one, 6-2, 6-0. The win extended Florida State's overall lead in the match to 2-0.
USF managed to tie the match with wins on court six over freshman Majlena Pedersen (6-4, 6-1) and on court two against Cartwright (7-6 (2), 6-4). Cartwright battled from being down 0-5 in the second and won four straight games, breaking her opponent's serve twice, before finally being defeated.
Senior Laurence Porry was efficient on court five, winning in straight sets, 6-4, 6-2. Junior Mia Vriens quickly added the match clinching point from the fourth position by defeating USF's Fanny Fracassi, 6-3, 6-3.
The final match on court two was a tough three-set battle that saw a pair of freshmen taking it down to the wire. Daniela Schippers won the first set 7-5, but dropped set two to Olaya Garrido-Rivas, 2-6. In the third set tiebreak, under the lights and with all of the Seminoles cheering her on, the newcomer from Guatemala gritted through the third set to win 11-9 and give the `Noles a 5-2 victory.
"I played a good first set," said Schippers. "I actually think I played a good second set as well, but she picked up her game a lot. She made almost none of the mistakes she made in the first set. Mentally I was always in the game which allowed me to stay with a good game for the tiebreaker. It was a really tight tiebreak, but I was enjoying it. I was enjoying my team watching me play and I knew that they gave a great fight so that made me want to fight as well."
"It was a total team effort tonight," added Hyde. "I was so proud of Laurence getting her job done down in the five spot today and didn't give that girl much of a chance and did a great job closing out. Daneika did a great job in her match and got that second point on the board for us.
"Obviously when Kerrie was down in her second set 0-5, and found a way to get back into the set, it spreads the confidence up and down the courts when they are competing even when they are down. Dany is just an unbelievable competitor. She stepped in stayed with her game plan and tactically was just so smart and patient and was firing so well today. It was really good to see Mia take her match in straight sets as well."
The No. 27 Seminoles are back in action on February 8 as they take on No. 60 LSU at noon as part of USTA College MatchDay. The match will be streamed on ESPN3.
Friday, January 31, 2014 - No. 27 Florida State 5, No. 62 USF 2