TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida State women’s tennis team completed competition on the last day of the Bedford Cup in Jacksonville, Fla. on Sunday. Freshman sensation Gabby Castaneda came out victorious in the Singles Main B Draw finals to be crowned champion.
Castaneda has been off to a historic start in her Florida State career. In her lone match on Sunday, the true freshman defeated redshirt freshman teammate and doubles partner Emily Fanning in straight sets 6-3, 7-5 in the finals. Castaneda and Fanning have a 4-2 record in doubles this season playing together.
“We had another great weekend of matches this weekend, and we are continuing to improve across the board,” Head Coach Jennifer Hyde said. “Gabby and Emily played a great finals match against each other today. When you keep winning in events, you run the chance of coming across a teammate. They both competed at a very high level and the tennis on display was very exciting to watch.”
It is Castaneda’s second straight singles title in as many tries. She won the flight one championship at the Furman Fall Classic earlier this season. Castaneda has a spotless 7-0 record in her first seven collegiate matches.
“I can’t say enough about Gabby and how well she is finding her stride right now,” Hyde said. “When she puts her mind to it, she’s just very difficult to beat.”
Fanning showed great advances overall since the beginning of the year as she went 4-1 in singles play at the Bedford Cup.
“Emily had a very solid weekend as well,” Hyde said. “The improvements and mentality in Emily now compared to two or three weeks ago is remarkable. She is also getting her wheels under her right now, after redshirting last season, and I can’t wait to see the progress in her continue this fall.”
In the other Seminole match of the day, sophomore Daniela Schippers won her third straight match of the tournament to claim winner of the Consolation B Draw. Schippers defeated Olga Martinez of South Florida in straight sets 6-4, 7-6.
“Dany did today what she does best — she just out-worked and out-battled her opponent,” Hyde said. “That’s what she does, and that’s what she will always do. It’s just in her DNA, and she is as good of a competitor as any I’ve seen. I’m so happy for her and the many hurdles she got over this weekend as she continues to work to get back to her best form.”
The Seminoles finish the weekend at the Bedford Cup going 16-8 in non-interstate matches and bring home hardware after sweeping the Main B Draw.
“I’m very proud of this team and how they all represented our program this weekend,” Hyde said. “We are moving in a very positive direction at the moment. Things are really starting to get exciting for this team, which is great timing as we roll in to our Regional Championships next weekend.”
The Florida State women’s tennis team will be back in action this weekend starting on Friday as they compete at the ITA South Regional Championships in Atlanta, Ga.
“Our Regional Championship is an Indoor National qualifying event for both singles and doubles, and we have a number of girls and doubles teams who could make a solid run in that event,” Hyde said. “We need to rest and recover properly this week after a long weekend of competition behind us, and get them ready to play again this Friday.”
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Main B Draw Finals
Gabby Castaneda (FSU) def. Emily Fanning (FSU) 6-3, 7-5
Consolation B Draw Finals
Daniela Schippers (FSU) def. Olga Martinez (USF) 6-4, 7-6