April 24, 2014
CARY, N.C. (Seminoles.com) - The No. 8-seed Florida State Seminoles (15-11, 6-8 ACC) opened the 2014 ACC Championships on April 24 and took care of business against No. 9-seed Syracuse (5-15, 5-9 ACC) by defeating the Orange, 4-1, to move on to the quarterfinals of the ACC Championships for the eighth straight season.
"It was a good match and went the way we thought it would," said head coach Jennifer Hyde. "We did a great job of getting the doubles point again. Every spot played very well in doubles today, and again No. 2 steps up and has a decisive, quick win which built confidence across the team."
The Seminoles took the doubles point in exciting fashion to open up the match as Kristina Schleich and Duda Santos cruised to an 8-4 victory on court two. The No. 44-ranked pair of Daneika Borthwick and Kerrie Cartwright were tested in their match by No. 45 Maddie Kobelt and Valeria Garza of Syracuse, trailing 4-6 late in the set. Cartwright and Borthwick did not give in and fought back to take the next four games and win the match 8-6 and give FSU a 1-0 lead heading into singles.
Syracuse got out to an early lead in singles, posting first set wins on four of the six courts. Florida State would not get down and fought as a team to climb back in the overall match. Borthwick recorded the second point for Florida State with her 6-3, 6-4 straight set win on court two over Amanda Rogers.
Senior Laurence Porry came through with one of the most impressive matches of the morning in her straight-set win on court six over Komal Safdar. Porry led 4-0 early in the first set but Safdar came back and forced a tiebreak at 6-6.
Porry held off the comeback to take the first set, 7-6, and continued to build momentum in the second set and dominated her opponent, winning the second set, 6-1, to take the match and increase the FSU lead to 3-0.
The Orange would score a point on court four as Valeria Garza defeated Daniela Schippers in straight sets, 6-2, 6-4.
Cartwright closed out the match for the Seminoles on court one with a challenging three-set win over SU's Kobelt. After dropping the first set, 2-6, Cartwright came back to square the match with a 6-3 second set win. The junior from the Bahamas took control early in the third set and easily handled Kobelt, 6-1, to clinch the match for the Seminoles.
"Credit to Syracuse to get four first sets, they came out a lot hotter than we did in singles," added Hyde. "Our girls did a really good job of staying in control and composed and staying calm and doing what we do well, which is just compete. I was pleased with the adjustments that we made to retake control and execute our game plan in the second and third sets.
"I don't know if this team realizes how good they are and how gritty they are, but I think they are starting to realize it at the right time. It feels good to get this win under our belt and we'll enjoy this for a couple hours and then get our sight set on playing the Tar Heels tomorrow morning."
Florida State will now face No. 1-seed North Carolina at 9:00 a.m. on Friday, April 25. The Tar Heels defeated the Seminoles, 7-0, in Chapel Hill earlier this season.
Thursday, April 24, 2014 - No. 42 Florida State 4, No. 64 Syracuse 1