Feb. 23, 2014
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - The No. 30-ranked Florida State women's tennis team (7-3, 2-0 ACC) didn't let a little rain dampen their competitive spirit as their match against Maryland was moved indoors. The Seminoles were sharp and focused from the moment they stepped on court to take a 7-0 victory over Maryland at the Indoor Tennis Facility on February 23.
"We are coming along yet are right where we want to be right now," said head coach Jennifer Hyde. "It was a very busy week we had posting two solid ACC wins after traveling to Florida, but it was also a very good week for us. There are some things we are working on individually that are starting to be executed during the matches."
The Seminoles took the doubles point with convincing wins on courts one and two. At No. 1, Kerrie Cartwright and Daneika Borthwick took down Kristina Hovsepyan and Welma Luus, 8-1, while Mia Vriens and Daniela Schippers paired up for their fourth doubles victory of the year, including a 3-1 record on court two.
Singles were led by Cartwright's quick 6-1, 6-0 victory on court one. It was the first time in her career that the Bahamas native had played at number one, yet she appeared right at home.
"I felt really good and really confident today. I was happy my team was there to support me, said Cartwright. "Winning both matches this weekend gave us a lot of confidence to move forward through the season."
Florida State clinched the match with wins on courts three and two as Vriens (6-3, 6-0) and Borthwick (6-3, 6-2) made quick work of their opponents. Senior Kristina Schleich appeared in complete control of her match against Olga Gaistruck on court five and cruised to a 6-2, 6-1 straight-set victory.
On court six, Duda Santos was locked in a tight battle against Maryland's Olga Bredikhina. Santos would take set one, 6-3, yet drop the second set by the same score. The tiebreaker went back and forth but the freshman was able to create some nice shots and put the match away with a 10-8 tiebreaker win.
Completing the sweep was Schippers on court four. After trailing 4-5 in the first set, Schippers fought back and took the next three games to win set one, 7-5. Maryland's Nataliya Bredikhina would force a tiebreaker after a 6-2 win in the second. Bredikhina got out to an early 5-3 lead in the third set tiebreak, but Schippers settled in and made several difficult shots to take control. The freshman from Guatemala went on to win seven of the final eight points of the match to win 10-6.
It marked the first time FSU has posted a 7-0 victory over a conference foe since defeating Virginia Tech on April 13, 2012.
"The team is competing very well right now. Any time you can come out 2-0 on back-to-back ACC matches is a very solid and successful weekend. I am proud of the girls and the efforts they put into the last week of preparation and it definitely showed today in our ability to close out some matches and take care of things at a very high level."
The No. 30 Seminoles next take to the court as they welcome Georgia Tech on Fri., Feb. 28 at 3:00 p.m. FSU will also play Boston College on Sun., March 2 at 12:00 p.m. Both matches will be played at the Scott Speicher Tennis Center.
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