April 17, 2014
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Seminoles.com) - The No. 44 Florida State Seminoles (13-10, 5-7 ACC) compete in their final two matches of the regular season this weekend as they welcome No. 9 Virginia (17-4, 11-1 ACC) and No. 60 Virginia Tech (12-10, 4-8 ACC). FSU will take on the Cavaliers on April 18 at 3:00 p.m. and will celebrate Senior Day on April 20 as they face the Hokies at 12:00 p.m. Both matches will be held at the Scott Speicher Tennis Center.
"These are going to be two tough matches," said head coach Jennifer Hyde. "I think Virginia is top five, top 10 in the country and Virginia Tech is a very threatening top 50, top 60 team that has had a heck of a year this year. We have our work cut out for us but we are glad to be playing at home."
Florida State comes back to the court winners of its last two matches in convincing fashion on April 13. The Seminoles took care of Pitt by sweeping the doubles point and posting four quick singles wins to take a 5-2 overall match victory over the Panthers. The Seminoles then traveled across town and faced Florida A&M at their campus courts. After defeating the Rattlers two weeks earlier on March 30 (4-0), the Seminoles nearly repeated the result with a 4-1 win on April 13.
Juniors Kerrie Cartwright and Daneika Borthwick have been playing great tennis as of late, winning six straight doubles matches when paired with each other and are now ranked No. 58 in the country. Overall, the pair have recorded a 12-8 record, including a 10-4 mark in the spring dual season.
Cartwright on her own has broken into the ITA singles rankings at No. 117 in the April 15 poll after winning two of her last three matches including a big ranked win against No. 54 Kelsey Laurente from Miami on April 11, 6-4, 7-6 (3).
Vriens is playing well in singles with a 14-9 record which includes a 5-1 mark on court four. Borthwick has put together an 18-13 mark in singles, mainly on court one where she has won her last two matches.
Kristina Schleich and Laurence Porry are the seniors on the team and will be recognized during Sunday's match against Virginia Tech. Schleich is 11-12 on the season with a 9-7 singles mark in dual matches. Porry is 5-13 in singles and had a 2-1 record on court five during the spring.
"Senior weekend is always really emotional for our seniors and we've talked a lot about keeping our emotions in check and realizing it is not the end and that we still have tons of tennis ahead of us. It is always great to celebrate their careers and their contributions to the program. They are going to be sorely missed and we are definitely going to recognize them on Sunday in a respectful way that they deserve.