April 18, 2014
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Seminoles.com) - The No. 44 Florida State Seminoles (13-11, 5-8 ACC) lost to No. 9 Virginia (18-4, 12-1 ACC) by a score of 4-0 on April 18 at the Indoor Tennis Facility.
"We had chances in that doubles point," said head coach Jennifer Hyde. "I was really happy for Daneika and Kerrie. When they make their minds up and are committed to playing doubles, they are as good as anyone in the country. They played so well today and executed so well. Their fundamentals were as good as they've had in any match this season."
The doubles point was tightly contested. Court one was a battle of runs with UVa's No. 11 pairing of Julia Elbaba and Rachel Pierson got out to a 2-0 early lead. The ITA No. 58 grouping of Kerrie Cartwright and Daneika Borthwick battled back and took the next four games and a 4-2 lead.
The Cavaliers won three straight games to make it 5-4 before FSU came back to take the final four games to close out the 8-5 win. It marked the highest ranked win by Cartwright and Borthwick this year and second straight win against a ranked opponent after defeating Clemson's No. 28 pairing of Yana Koroleva and Beatrice Gumulya, 8-5, on April 4.
Virginia took the doubles match on court two, 8-2, which left court three as the decider. Kristina Schleich and Daniela Schippers got FSU out to a 4-1 lead early in the match before UVa fought to tie it up at 5-5. The Virginia duo of Danielle Collins and Maci Epstein continued their strong comeback and won the match, 8-5, to give UVa a 1-0 overall match lead.
Singles went for Virginia in three straight matches. The Cavaliers made it 2-0 after Mia Vriens retired on court three while down, 0-5. Cartwright then lost on court one to Elbaba, 6-2, 6-1. The match on court five closed out the match as Schleich fell to Maci Epstein 6-1, 6-0.
"Even though we came up short in singles, we competed unbelievably well across the board at a number of spots," added Hyde. "Daneika wins her first set, Laurence wins her first set and Dany loses hers in a tiebreaker. We are competing very well with every team we step on court with, regardless of their ranking or record. This team is starting to see and believe that we are right there. I can see the confidence growing in them and we are really excited to get after it on Sunday against Virginia Tech."
The final match of the regular season for the Seminoles will be against No. 60 Virginia Tech on Sun., April 20 at 12:00 p.m. It will be Senior Day and we will be honoring seniors Kristina Schleich and Laurence Porry prior to the match.
Friday, April 18, 2014 - No. 9 Virginia 4, No. 44 Florida State 0