Sept. 13, 2013
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida State women’s tennis team announced the 2013-2014 season schedule on Friday. FSU will compete in seven fall tournaments before playing 23 dual matches during the spring season.
“This schedule provides us with plenty of opportunities to play against some of the best teams in the country,” head coach Jennifer Hyde said. “Our fall schedule will give us the chance to face a ton of highly ranked singles and doubles players on some of the best teams in the country.”
Potentially, seven tournaments will highlight the fall portion of the schedule, starting with the Furman Fall Classic on Sept. 27-29 in Greenville, S.C.
Sophomore Daneika Borthwick will compete in a different tournament as she was selected for the qualifying rounds of the Riviera/ITA All-American Championships in Pacific Palisades, Calif. on Oct. 1-2. Borthwick was chosen based on her singles pre-season ranking of No. 46. The Cumbria, England native will look to advance into the main draw of the event, which will run from Oct.3-6.
The Seminoles will also compete in the Bedford Cup (Gainesville, Fla. Oct.11-13) and the ITA South Regional Championships (Athens, Ga., Oct. 18-21) before hosting the USTA Clay Court Invitational at Disney from Oct.24-27.
The Roberta Alison Invitational will be the final team tournament of the season on Nov. 1-3 in Tuscaloosa, Ala.
The National Individual Indoor Championships will take place from Nov. 7-9 in New York, N.Y. and will require qualification from the ITA South Regional Championships earlier in the fall.
In 2014, the Seminoles will face 10 teams that finished the 2013 season ranked inside the top 25 during the season. With 23 matches on the slate before the postseason, FSU will welcome 13 opponents while looking to improve upon their 2013 record of 16-10.
Kicking off the 2014 spring season at home on Jan. 19, FSU will host a double header against Stetson at 9:30 a.m. before taking on UAB at 3:30 p.m.
Following the home opener, Florida State will head to Austin, Texas to join Rice, Auburn and Texas for the ITA Kick-Off Weekend. The Seminoles will first face Rice before taking on either Auburn or Texas. The winner of the event will earn a spot in the ITA National Indoor Championships.
The Seminoles will finish their non-conference portion of the schedule with four home matches against USF (Jan 31.), LSU (Feb. 8) and UCF along with Florida A&M (Feb. 15) before traveling to Gainesville, Fla., to take on Florida (Feb. 18).
Florida State will open conference play at Wake Forest on Feb. 22 before returning home on Feb. 23 to take on Maryland.
“Our conference play will always give us one of the best schedules in the country,” Hyde said. “There are seven top-25 teams and there is no deeper conference in the nation for women’s tennis.”
Additionally, the Seminoles will host ACC matches against Georgia Tech (Feb. 28), Boston College (March 2), Miami (April 11), Pittsburgh (April 13), Virginia (April 18), and Virginia Tech (April 20).
FSU will play six conference road matches in a row, traveling to Syracuse (March 7), Notre Dame (March 9), NC State (March 22), Duke (March 23), Clemson (April 4) and North Carolina (April 6).
“There is no break in our conference,” Hyde said. “We don’t have a weekend or a match where we can sit back on our heels. Every single school we play is going to push us and we’re going to take it one match at a time.”
The post season will begin with the ACC Championships in Cary, N.C. from April 24-27. Last season, FSU sparked a run into the conference finals by defeating Wake Forest, Clemson and Virginia before falling to Miami in the final match.
The 2013 ACC Tournament run wrote a bit of history as it was the third time the Seminoles played in the conference finals. Additionally, the win over Clemson in the quarterfinals was the first against the Tigers since 2001.
Florida State will look to seek out its their eighth-consecutive NCAA tournament appearance as the regional rounds will run from May 9-10 before the final 16 teams will qualify for the final site in South Bend, Ind., which runs from May 16-20. The NCAA Individual Championships will follow from May 20-26.
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