July 1, 2014
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Seminoles.com) - The 2013-14 season for the Florida State women's tennis team was filled with great moments both on and off the court. Putting together a 16-13 record in the spring dual-match season, the Seminoles made the NCAA Tournament for the 18th time in program history. Here are some of the other top accomplishments of the 2013-14 season.
Juniors Kerrie Cartwright and Daneika Borthwick started off the fall season with flight finals appearances at the Furman Fall Classic as Borthwick reached the championship match of flight one and Cartwright made the championship of flight two.
The fall season success continued as Cartwright followed up with a quarterfinal appearance in the singles draw at the Bedford Cup two weeks later on October 10-12. Freshman Majlena Pedersen won the B draw of singles at the ITA Southeast Regional on October 18-20 while senior Laurence Porry and freshman Duda Santos reached the quarterfinals in the doubles draw of the USTA Clay Court Invitational at Disney on October 24-26.
Academically, the Seminoles earned their ninth Golden Torch award while under head coach Jennifer Hyde. The annual award is given to the FSU athletic team with the highest GPA and the women's tennis team are consistently the leaders of the Seminoles in the classroom. Hyde also earned an individual accolade as she became FSU's winningest coach in program history as the Noles defeated NC State on March 22 for her 142nd career victory.
Back on the court, the Noles welcomed freshmen Daniela Schippers and Emily Fanning to the family for the spring semester. Both made an immediate impact as Schippers clinched the overall team match in her first singles appearance with a 6-1, 6-0 win over Paula Castro of UAB and Fanning posted wins in both singles and doubles over Stetson in her first appearance for the Garnet and Gold.
Schippers continued to be clutch for Florida State the rest of the spring season, clinching six total matches, including ACC victories over Boston College, NC State, Pitt and Virginia Tech. Fanning's season would be cut short due to an injury, forcing the freshman to take a redshirt after appearing in only four matches in 2014.
Junior Mia Vriens was an anchor on the team and often found ways to make quick work of her opponents. Twice in 2013-14, Vriens recorded a perfect match, winning in straight sets by a score of 6-0, 6-0. Overall, she had 11 total sets of a 6-0 score to lead the team. The Australia native finished the season with 16 wins in singles and 10 wins in doubles.
The team closed out the season with wins in three of its last four matches to qualify for the 2014 ACC Tournament as the No. 8 seed. With a 4-1 win over Syracuse in the opening round, the Seminoles reached the quarterfinals of the ACC Tournament for the eighth straight season.
Florida State earned its 18th trip to the NCAA Championships and the No. 37 Seminoles traveled to Athens, Ga., to face the No. 27-ranked Arizona Wildcats in the first round. Senior Kristina Schleich won the first singles match, 6-0, 6-1 and gave FSU the momentum back after dropping the doubles point. Wins by Vriens and Schippers set the stage for Borthwick to close out a 4-3 upset victory with a 7-5, 3-6, 6-2 win over No. 106 Kim Stubbe as the Noles advanced to the second round.
The Noles would fall to host school and No. 1-ranked Georgia, but that would not be the end of the Seminoles' time in Athens as Borthwick and Cartwright qualified for the NCAA Doubles Championships, held on the University of Georgia campus.
They were the first doubles pairing from Florida State to qualify for the NCAA Doubles Championships since 2007. Borthwick and Cartwright went undefeated and recorded nine doubles wins from March 17 to May 9, with victories over No. 26 Yana Koroleva and Beatrice Gumulya of Clemson and No. 11 Julia Elbaba and Rachel Pierson of Virginia. They were ranked as high as No. 30 in the ITA doubles rankings during the season.
Cartwright and Borthwick also earned several other accolades as the duo were both named to the All-ACC team, with Cartwright garnering second team honors while Borthwick placed on the third team. Both of the juniors were also named to the All-ACC Academic team in 2014.
After a great 2013-14 season, the Noles look to build on that success in 2014-15. Despite losing seniors Schleich and Porry, as well as freshmen Santos and Pedersen, the additions of junior transfer Yukako Noi and freshmen Lana Rush and Gabby Castaneda will make Florida State a very competitive team this coming season.