Athens, GA - After a dramatic 4-3 upset over No. 27 Arizona on Friday, the No. 37 Florida State women’s tennis team fell to top-seeded Georgia 4-0 on Saturday in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
“Georgia is the top seed for a reason,” FSU head coach Jennifer Hyde said. “They played well and they didn’t give us any opportunities today. We went for it, riding the momentum from yesterday’s win and fell short.”
Due to inclement weather prior to the match, the doubles portion was played indoors.
Following a quick 8-2 win in doubles on Friday against Arizona’s top pair, the 30th-ranked duo of Daneika Borthwick and Kerrie Cartwright had their hands full by facing the No. 2 tandem in the nation of Maho Kowase and Lauren Herring on court one to start the day. Kowase and Herring proved to be too much for Borthwick and Cartwright as they took the match 8-1.
Georgia grabbed the doubles points after Mia Vriens and Kristina Schleich fell in their match on court three to Lilly Kimbell and Caroline Brinson, 8-3.
The contest on court two went unfinished, however Daniela Schippers and Duda Santos were trailing 7-2.
Moving back to the outdoor portion of the Dan Magill Tennis Complex, the Bulldogs took six first sets in singles.
On court four, Schippers fell to No. 106 Kimbell, 6-1, 6-1 before Vriens dropped her match on court three to 20th-ranked Kowase, 6-1, 6-3.
Georgia completed the 4-0 sweep after sixth-ranked Herring defeated No. 120 Cartwright on court one by a score of 6-2, 6-0. The matches on courts two, five and six went unfinished.
In her final match as a Seminole, Schleich fell 6-1 out of the gate against Kate Fuller before recharging to take the lead in the second on court five. Schleich was serving for the set up 5-4, 40-30 when play was called.
Also finishing out her career was Laurence Porry, who played the match on court six against Mia King. Porry fought through her first set, falling 7-6 in the tiebreak. Porry was trailing 2-0 in the second when play stopped.
“Both Laurence and Kristina played the way seniors should play on a day like this,” Hyde said. “It was great to see them end their collegiate careers on that note.”
On court two, Borthwick took on No. 15 Garcia and fell behind 6-3, 4-1 when the match ended.
“I am very proud how we closed out the season,” Hyde said. “That was a big win for us yesterday and I couldn’t be more proud of how the ladies came through in the postseason.”
Florida State closes out the year with a record of 16-13. Cartwright and Borthwick will compete in the NCAA Doubles Championships which will be held May 21-26 in Athens, Ga.
#1 GEORGIA (23-4) def. #37 FLORIDA STATE (16-13), 4-0
Doubles (Order of finish: 1,3)
1. #2 Lauren Herring/Maho Kowase (GEORGIA) def. #30 Kerrie Carwright/Daneika Borthwick (FLORIDA STATE), 8-1
2. #19 Kate Fuller/Silvia Garcia (GEORGIA) vs. Duda Santos/Daniela Schippers (FLORIDA STATE), 7-2, unf.
3. Lilly Kimbell/Caroline Brinson (GEORGIA) def. Mia Vriens/Kristina Schleich (FLORIDA STATE), 8-3
Singles (Order of finish: 4,3,1)
1. *#6 Lauren Herring (GEORGIA) def. #120 Kerrie Cartwright (FLORIDA STATE), 6-2, 6-0
2. #15 Silvia Garcia (GEORGIA) vs. Daneika Borthwick (FLORIDA STATE), 6-3, 4-1, unf.
3. #20 Maho Kowase (GEORGIA) def. Mia Vriens (FLORIDA STATE), 6-1, 6-3
4. #102 Lilly Kimbell (GEORGIA) def. Daniela Schippers FLORIDA STATE), 6-1, 6-1
5. Kate Fuller (GEORGIA) vs. Kristina Schleich (FLORIDA STATE), 6-1, 4-5, unf.
6. Mia King (GEORGIA) vs. Laurence Porry (FLORIDA STATE), 7-6(6), 2-0, unf.