Jan. 25, 2014
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Playing in its first match on the road this season, No. 24 Florida State (2-1) lost to No. 22 Rice (2-0) by a score of 4-3 at the Penick-Allison Tennis Center in Austin, Texas. The Seminoles dropped two close doubles matches and were unable to overcome the deficit in singles play.
"Today was a very good match up and down the line for us, and it's a shame we came out on the losing end," said head coach Jennifer Hyde. "We came out a little slow in doubles and didn't play as aggressively as we needed to and didn't set the tone. The positive to that is how we responded after losing the doubles point. It was a non-issue as soon as we stepped on court for singles. I was proud of how we were able to leave the doubles loss behind us and jump right into the singles matches."
The FSU-Rice match was delayed 27 minutes due to the earlier match between Texas and Auburn. Once on court for doubles, the Seminoles battled hard but came up just short as the pairings of Kerrie Cartwright and Kristina Schleich along with Daniela Schippers and Mia Vriens each lost their doubles match by a score of 6-4.
In singles, Rice extended their lead to 2-0 when Schippers (1-1) lost her match against Allison Ho in straight sets, 6-2, 6-2. Florida State got on the board with a straight set 6-4, 6-3 victory from Cartwright (10-4) over Liat Zimmerman. Tiebreakers stymied the `Noles as Fanning (1-2) fell to Dominique Harmath, 2-6, 6-1, 10-6 to make it 3-1 Owls. Schleich (3-5) added the second FSU point with a three set win over Kim Anicete, 4-6, 6-2, 10-6 and Vriens (5-2) tied up the match with a straight set 7-5, 6-2 victory over Katherine Ip.
Rice secured the match on court one with a three-set victory by Natalie Beazant over Borthwick, 2-6, 7-5, 10-5.
"We were two points from winning that match," added Hyde. "I was very proud with how we competed. I think this team showed a lot of guts today. It is important now that we get them ready for tomorrow, as we have a quick 17-hour turnaround and another big match against another top-25 team in a few hours. It's important that we respond well tomorrow having lost today a very close 4-3 match today."
The `Noles will take on No. 23 Auburn on Sunday, Jan. 26 at 11:00 a.m. ET to close out the ITA Kick-Off Weekend. Florida State is 11-2 all-time against the Tigers with the last loss coming in 2002.
Saturday, January 25 - No. 22 Rice 4, No. 24 Florida State 3