April 29, 2014
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Seminoles.com) - The Florida State Seminoles (15-12) were chosen to their eighth consecutive NCAA Championships on April 29 and will travel to face No. 23 Arizona (17-5) in Athens, Ga. The Noles and Wildcats are part of a four-team site along with host school and No. 1 overall seed Georgia (21-4) as well as Elon (15-8). First round matches will be held on May 9 with the second round match on May 10.
"We are completely psyched," said head coach Jennifer Hyde. "The NCAA Tournament is why you compete all season long. The best of the best are in the Championships and we are excited to be heading to Athens. We are facing an Arizona team that Florida State hasn't played since my senior year of college in 1994."
Arizona finished the year with three wins over their last seven team matches, including a 4-2 win over No. 24 Arizona State in the season finale. They have three players ranked in singles, led by No. 46 Lacey Smyth who is 13-6 on the season. She is joined by No. 76 Lauren Marker and No. 108 Kim Stubbe.
The Seminoles went 1-1 last week at the 2014 ACC Championships with a win over Syracuse before falling to top-seed North Carolina. The No. 44-ranked pairing of Daneika Borthwick and Kerrie Cartwright posted a big win over No. 45 Maddie Kobelt and Valeria Garza of Syracuse and nearly defeated the No. 10 pairing in the country, Whitney Kay and Caroline Price of UNC, but the match was called at 7-6 as North Carolina had clinched the doubles point.
Mia Vriens and Kristina Schleich join Cartwright and Borthwick as Seminoles with at least 10 singles wins this season. Cartwright has four ranked wins this season while Borthwick has added two of her own. The Seminoles have also done well on court four in 2014 with Vriens posting a 5-1 record and Schleich recording a 2-1 mark at the position.
Freshmen Daniela Schippers, Duda Santos and Majlena Pedersen have also been key to the Seminoles' success this season. Schippers has 10 doubles wins and nine singles wins in her first semester at Florida State. Pedersen and Santos have combined for 10 singles wins and 13 doubles victories as they have battled for playing time.
Senior Laurence Porry has played excellent tennis as of late, winning two of her last three matches. She was also in the lead against Caryssa Peretz of No. 9 Virginia, 6-2, 1-2, when the match was abandoned due to team match being decided.
"This team has started to play their best tennis of the semester and we are doing it at the right time," added Hyde. "We want to finish finals week and get our heads clear and focused for training yet keep everyone fresh and get ourselves ready to go up to Athens."
Florida State will play Arizona at 1:00 p.m. on May 9 and the winner will go on to face either Georgia or Elon on May 10 at 4:00 p.m.