TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida State junior Gabriella Castaneda has been named to the All-Atlantic Coast Conference third team for the 2017 dual match season, the league offices announced Thursday.
The honor is the second career all-conference distinction for Castaneda, who was also named to the All-ACC third team after a stellar freshman season in 2015.
“I’m happy for Gabby and her third team All-ACC selection,” Florida State head coach Jennifer Hyde said. “She has been grinding through this season mostly at the top spot in our lineup. She went undefeated in doubles play until her one loss last weekend and has helped clinch that point for us all spring. She has earned this recognition and I’m so happy that she is in the company of the best players in the ACC.”
In 2017, Castaneda has established herself at the top of the lineup in singles, playing at the number one court in all but two appearances this season while battling injury that caused her to miss several matches and only play singles in others. As one of only two upperclassmen on the team, Castaneda has become a vocal leader on and off the court, and always brings her passion and energy on gamedays.
In doubles play, Castaneda has been a force playing alongside senior Daniela Schippers. The pair were unstoppable on court three, winning thirteen straight matches to begin the year for a 13-1 record. The lone loss came in the last match of the regular season at Virginia Tech, a match in which the Seminoles still won the doubles point and went on to win 4-3 to close out the season.
Castaneda and Schippers lead the Seminoles to 16 doubles points in the 2017 regular season, 11 of which lead to FSU wins. During the Seminoles six-match winning streak that helped solidify the season, the Noles captured four of the five doubles points they played.
Against North Florida, Castaneda led Florida State to a 4-0 sweep, defeating then-No. 58 Michelle Valdez 6-1, 6-3 in straight sets for her only nationally-ranked singles win of the year. Against Notre Dame two weeks ago, Castaneda led second team All-ACC selection No. 72 Monica Robinson 6-3, 4-3 when Florida State clinched the 4-0 victory.
At Louisville, Castaneda was first off the court in singles with a 6-0, 6-2 victory as the Seminoles took another 4-0 shutout win. In out of conference play, she added wins against Columbia and Harvard on court one.
Castaneda looks to continue to lead the Seminoles in a rematch of last week’s 4-3 defeat to Virginia in the second round of the 2017 ACC Women’s Tennis Championship. Due to inclement weather, the match has been pushed back three hours and is now slated to begin at 4:00 p.m. at the Rome Tennis Center in Rome, Ga.
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