Feb. 21, 2014
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - The No. 30-ranked Florida State women's tennis team (6-3) opened conference season with a win for the second year in a row as they defeated No. 50 Wake Forest (7-1), 4-3, on February 21.
"We prepared as well as we could with the time that we had to get ready for this match," said head coach Jennifer Hyde. "Our first ACC weekend is always a big test to get off on the right foot. I'm pleased with how the day turned out in the end.
"We were playing against a Wake Forest team that has gone undefeated this season and I was glad that we were able to stop their streak at their own courts. We had a couple match points to clinch the doubles point at the No. 1 spot and we were a little disappointed that we didn't take better advantage of the opportunity to secure it. However, I was very pleased with how quickly we came out in singles, winning five of six first sets rather quickly and decidedly."
The Demon Deacons got on the scoreboard first by winning a hotly contested doubles point. FSU and Wake Forest split on courts two and three with a Seminole victory coming from Mia Vriens and Daniela Schippers.
The first team point of the match would come down to court one where Daneika Borthwick and Kerrie Cartwright would go the distance versus Xue Zhang and Kasey Gardiner. It was very competitive throughout and ended going to a tiebreaker at 7-7. The pair of Demon Deacons would outlast the `Noles and take the match and doubles point, 8-7 (8-6).
Singles would be where FSU would shine, winning on four of the six courts. Vriens tied the match at 1-1 with a dominant 6-0, 6-1 victory on court four. It marked the seventh consecutive singles win for Vriens and the fourth time this year that the junior has defeated her opponent while surrendering only one game or fewer.
Junior Daneika Borthwick would give the Seminoles the lead for good with a 6-4, 6-1 win on court one over Andrea Retolaza. Senior Kristina Schleich extended the lead to 3-1 with a court five victory over Gardiner, 6-2, 6-2.
Wake Forest would make it 3-2 with a win on court six, but Kerrie Cartwright would clinch the match for Florida State with a three-set win on court two. The junior won the first set, 6-2, before dropping the second, 3-6. In a full third set, Cartwright maintained control throughout and posted a 6-2 score to win the match and give the Seminoles the victory.
They would play out court three and Samantha Asch would make the final score 4-3 with a three-set win over Schippers, 1-6, 6-4, 6-1.
The Seminoles come back to Tallahassee for a match against Maryland on Sun., Feb. 23 at 12:00 p.m. The match will be held at the Scott Speicher Tennis Center.
Friday, February 21, 2014 - No. 30 Florida State 4, No. 50 Wake Forest 3