TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida State women’s tennis team completed its last day at the Furman Fall Classic in Greenville, S.C., while senior Daneika Borthwick won her third straight match at the 2014 Riviera/ITA Women’s All-American Championships Pre-Qualifying in Los Angeles, Calif. to advance to the qualifier round.
Furman Fall Classic
Freshman Gabby Castaneda continued to steal the show at the Furman Fall Classic in Greenville, S.C. for the Seminoles. Undefeated in singles play during the first two days, Castaneda played for the flight one championship on Sunday against Ansley Speaks of Furman.
“I am so impressed and proud of Gabby Castaneda, who I threw in the top position as a freshman in her first competition as a Seminole,” Head Coach Jennifer Hyde said. “She completely dominated a field of some highly ranked and highly seasoned college tennis players.”
Fearless throughout the entire weekend, the true freshman from Miramar, Fla. cruised to victory against Speaks in straight sets 6-2, 6-2, and was crowned champion in the top-flight of the tournament.
“She was just amazing this weekend, Hyde said. “I think it is only a small drip of what can be expected from her in her very young career. To be put in that position as a freshman and handling it like she did with as much poise, class and mental and physical strength speaks a lot to the hard work that she continues to put in. I think she proved this weekend that she can play with the best in the country and do well.”
Castaneda wasn’t the only Seminole freshman to make noise this weekend at the Furman Fall Classic. Lana Rush played extremely well in her first collegiate tournament and was able to play for third place in flight number four. Facing Carmen Blanco from Alabama, Rush won in convincing fashion in straight sets, 6-1, 6-2.
“Overall I am pretty happy with our weekend at the Furman Fall Classic, Hyde said. “Right now everybody is working on a lot of different things. I feel like there were many improvements made across the board by all of the girls that competed this weekend here.”
The Seminoles will be back in action again in two weeks when they travel to Jacksonville, Fla. to compete at the Bedford Cup on Oct. 10-12.
“Looking ahead I am very excited about where this team is so early in the season,” Hyde said. “We had a couple ranked wins this weekend in singles and doubles. We have a lot of momentum to build on heading into our next competition in two weeks.”
2014 Riviera/ITA Women’s All-American Championships Pre-Qualifying
Florida State senior Daneika Borthwick won both of her matches on Saturday at the All-American Pre-Qualifying in Los Angeles, Calif. Playing in her third match in two days, Borthwick had a difficult showdown against Texas Tech’s No. 113 ranked Kenna Kilgo.
“With playing three matches in two days, the players’ fitness levels are being put to the test,” Assistant Coach Zsuzsanna Fodor said.
With stamina being an issue, Borthwick never slowed down from start to finish and was victorious against Kilgo in straight sets 6-2, 6-1.
“The score does not reflect the level of competition that was taking place on the court,” Fodor said. “Daneika controlled the court really effectively throughout the entire match. She established a lead early in the first set and kept on executing her shots consistently all the way until the handshake.”
Borthwick now advances to the All-American Qualifier rounds beginning Tuesday. She will be joined by fellow teammate, junior Yukako Noi, a transfer from VCU who will be playing in her first match as a Seminole. They will use the next couple of days to prepare for their upcoming matches.
Furman Fall Classic
Singles Round Three
F1 Championship Match Gabriela Castaneda (FSU) def. Ansley Speaks (FU), 6-2, 6-2
F2 7th Place Alex Moreno-Kaste (FU) def. Emily Fanning (FSU), 2-6, 6-1, 6-2
F3 3rd Place Jessy Rompies (CU) def. Daniela Schippers (FSU), 6-3, 6-2
F4 3rd Place Lana Rush (FSU) def. Carmen Blanco (UA), 6-1, 6-2
Daneika Borthwick (FSU) def. Kenna Kilgo (TTU), 6-2, 6-1