May 8, 2014
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Seminoles.com) - The No. 37 Florida State Seminoles (15-12) are competing in their eighth consecutive NCAA Championships and will take on No. 27 Arizona (17-5) at 1:00 p.m. on May 9 at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex in Athens, Ga.
"We are very excited to get up to Athens," said head coach Jennifer Hyde. "It has been a long season for everyone across the country. It is always great to have it going into the national championship. It is the best time of year and it is why you play or coach college tennis is to get a shot at that national title. What a great place to be heading up to in Athens for our first round against Arizona. It is close enough that we can bus it, they have a beautiful facility and we are going to have a great time. We are really looking forward to get up there."
Florida State has six wins over ranked opponents in 2014 and have finished in the top eight of the ACC for the eighth straight season.
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. 45 Lacey Smyth who is 13-6 on the season. She is joined by No. 79 Lauren Marker and No. 106 Kim Stubbe.
Kerrie Cartwright and Daneika Borthwick lead the way for the Seminoles on court. Cartwright is ranked No. 120 and is 23-13 in singles this season and Borthwick is right behind her with a 19-14 record. Together they form one of the best doubles pairings in the country, currently ranked No. 30 by the ITA and have qualified for the 2014 NCAA Doubles Championships that will be held on May 21-26 in Athens, Ga.
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 the overall team match being decided.
"We haven't faced Arizona in a long time and it is very unique to be able to go in against a team you haven't seen in years. We will do some research on them, but at the same time it is nice going in with a clean slate as they are not a conference opponent or a regional opponent and I actually prefer that.
The winner of the match between Florida State and Arizona will go on to face either Georgia or Elon on May 10 at 4:00 p.m.