April 11, 2014
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Seminoles.com) - The No. 45 Florida State Seminoles (11-10, 4-7 ACC) lost to No. 16 Miami (15-4, 9-2 ACC) by a score of 6-1 at the Scott Speicher Tennis Center on April 11. The match was Florida State's Paint it Pink match and the players wore pink uniforms to support breast cancer awareness.
"At one point in the singles, I felt that we had the momentum," said head coach Jennifer Hyde. "I felt like we were a couple of points away from turning that into a 5-2, 4-3 match in our favor. Unfortunately for Kris, I believe she got sick very early in her match and it took her out completely. That's a tough situation for us to be in, without her point in play.
"We did a really good job of fighting. Kerrie getting another ranked win under her belt after being down 1-5 in the second set and finding her way back and not letting it go to three sets was huge. I'm gutted for Daneika today. She played a heck of a match, losing 7-6 in the third to such a quality opponent. The effort was there and she and this entire team are on the verge of what we think is a breakthrough."
Despite a tightly contested match in doubles on court one between No. 77 Daneika Borthwick and Kerrie Cartwright and UM's Kelsey Laurente and Clementina Riobueno, Miami would take a 1-0 overall match lead with wins on courts two and three. Freshmen Duda Santos and Majlena Pedersen would fall on court two, 8-2, while Kristina Schleich and Mia Vriens would drop their court three doubles match, 8-0.
Singles also went the way of Miami, as the Hurricanes took the first set on five of six courts. Miami made it 2-0 after a straight-set victory by Monique Albuquerque over Majlena Pedersen, 6-4, 6-0, on court six.
The Seminoles did not quit even though the overall match had been decided. Cartwright won the first set on court two, 6-4, and fell behind 1-5 in the second before storming back to force a tiebreak at 6-6. The junior jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the second-set tiebreak before closing out her match against No. 54 Kelsey Laurente, 6-4, 7-6 (3). It marked her fourth ranked win of the year and the highest-ranked win Cartwright has had this season.
Vriens and Borthwick lost their first sets, but stayed focused and came back to win the second to force a deciding third set. Vriens was able to take a 1-0 lead in the third but UM's Lileikite was able to outlast Vriens and won the match, 6-3, 2-6, 6-2.
Borthwick got out to an early 3-1 lead in the third on court one against No. 48 Stephanie Wagner, but Wagner was able to take three straight games to make it 4-3 in the third. The junior from England would not be deterred and battled back to take a 5-4 lead. Wagner proved why she is one of the best in the country as she stood her ground and forced a tiebreaker at 6-6.
Wagner and Borthwick traded several points to open the tiebreak, but Wagner seized control and took the third-set tiebreak, 7-3. This gave Miami a 6-1, 4-6, 7-6 (3) win on court one and a 6-1 overall win over the Hurricanes.
"We are playing good tennis, and the tennis is getting better as the year goes on, which is exactly what we do every single year," added Hyde. "We just need to stay the course at this point. We are all feeling confident in the team, more so now than we did before we stepped on court today."
FSU will be back on the court on Sunday for a pair of matches on April 13 - at home against Pitt at 12:00 p.m. and on the road versus Florida A&M at 5:00 p.m.
Friday, April 11, 2014 - No. 16 Miami 6, No. 45 Florida State 1