March 7, 2014
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - The No. 25-ranked Florida State women's tennis team (8-5, 3-2 ACC) lost to Syracuse (2-8, 2-3 ACC) by a score of 4-3 on Friday afternoon at the Drumlins Country Club.
"Today was a rough day for us, but for the most part we competed hard," said head coach Jennifer Hyde. "Unfortunately we had to pull a second player from the lineup, and that possibly made a difference today. Regardless, we had opportunities to win the match and weren't quite able to get over the hump today. Job well done by a hard fighting Syracuse though. They came out swinging today and took full advantage of the conditions."
The Seminoles came from behind to win the doubles point as Syracuse took a court one win as Maddie Kobelt and Valeria Salazar defeated Kerrie Cartwright and Daneika Borthwick, 8-5. Kristina Schleich and Mia Vriens made it 1-1 in doubles with an 8-6 win on court three over Amanda Rodgers and Komal Safdar.
Syracuse would tie the match as Kobelt defeated Cartwright in straight sets on court one, 6-1, 6-1. It marked the first loss by Cartwright this year at the No. 1 position, and she is now 4-1 against ACC competition.
The `Noles would make it 3-1 in the match behind wins by juniors Borthwick and Vriens on courts two and three respectively. Borthwick was in complete control of her match and took down Rodgers, 6-3, 6-1. Vriens improved to 11-3 in singles with her convincing win over Newborn, 6-4, 6-2.
Syracuse came back to tie the match again at 3-3 with wins on courts four and five. Schleich lost her first set, 6-2, but came back confident and easily won the second, 6-1. The third set was a back and forth ordeal and Syracuse's Salazar proved too much in the end, winning the third set, 7-5. Santos would fall in straight sets on court five to Avgerinos, 6-2, 7-5.
The match would come down to court six between FSU's Pedersen and Syracuse's Safdar. The Seminole freshman got out to a great start and took set one, 6-4. Safdar would answer with a 6-3 victory in the second. In a highly contested third set, Pedersen got out to an early lead, but was unable to hold on as Safdar came back and took the final set, 6-4.
Florida State's road trip continues as it heads to Notre Dame for a match on March 9 at 1:00 p.m.
"How we respond to today's loss when we compete against Notre Dame on Sunday will be telling," added Hyde. "That's the great thing about sport, it gives you chances at redemption. That will be the focus as we head to play Notre Dame in South Bend in Sunday."
Friday, March 7, 2014 - Syracuse 4, No. 25 Florida State 3