ORLANDO, Fla. – The Florida State women’s tennis team was back in action on Friday in the USTA Collegiate Clay Court Invitational presented by VISIT FLORIDA at the Grand Cypress Tennis and Racquet Club. Redshirt freshman Emily Fanning remained undefeated during the tournament, adding two singles and a doubles win.
“Today was a great day for a number of our girls,” head coach Jennifer Hyde said. “Emily has really found her game in these last few weeks, and it just keeps getting better and better for her.”
Fanning started off the day a bit slow, dropping the first set 2-6 against Raluca Mita of Virginia Tech. Despite her early struggles, it wasn’t long until her physical abilities were able to catch up with her mental toughness. Fanning fought back and dominated the next two sets en route to victory over Mita, 2-6, 6-2, 6-3.
Things didn’t get easier after a grueling three set match when Fanning’s next opponent was Miami’s Clementina Riobueno. In a back-and-forth match, Fanning continued to hit big shots whenever Riobueno was gaining momentum. The Timaru, New Zealand native edged out an extremely tight match in straight sets 7-6 (6), 7-5.
“Emily played two very solid singles matches today and her momentum is starting to build.”
The Florida State redshirt freshman has won all three of her singles matches in the tournament and six of her last seven.
After back-to-back singles victories, Fanning had to jump right into her doubles match with partner senior Daneika Borthwick. The Seminoles duo faced off against Steton’s pairing of Olga Martinez and Jessica Cortes and continued their success in an, 8-4, victory.
Junior Yukako Noi also had herself a day on Friday. The transfer from VCU was able to win both of her singles matches and advance to the B Draw semifinals. The No. 79 ranked Noi won her first match in straight sets over Katelyn Jackson of Texas Tech, 6-3, 6-3. In her second bout, Noi showed grit to rally back from a first set loss and pulled out a nice win against Virginia Tech’s Sansitha Nandakumar 3-6, 6-3, 6-3.
“Yuka worked through a few things early in her second match today, and showed a lot of maturity and poised,” Hyde said. “This is always great to see from your upperclassman when things aren’t necessarily going their way in a match.”
Gabriella Castaneda bounced back from a first day loss on Thursday and defeated Andie Dikosavljevic from Auburn in straight sets, 6-3, 6-4. The true freshman improved her season record to 10-2.
“Gabby had another solid singles performance today,” Hyde said. “When she plays her game and stays committed to a plan, she is very difficult to beat.”
The Seminoles finished the day with seven wins and just three losses.
“I am very pleased with our day overall and excited to have two players and a doubles tandem push in to the semifinals tomorrow,” Hyde said.
Florida State will be back on the clay courts again tomorrow with semifinal matches beginning at 8 a.m. at Disney’s ESPN Wide World of Sports complex.
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Round of 16
Kerrie Cartwright (FSU) def. Karyn Guttormsen (OSU) 6-3, 6-1
Cassandra Vazquez (UNC) def. Daneika Borthwick (FSU) 6-2, 6-4
Tristen Dewar (CU) def. Kerrie Cartwright (FSU) 6-2, 3-6, 6-2
Round of 16
Yukako Noi (FSU) def. Katelyn Jackson (TTU) 6-3, 6-3
Emily Fanning (FSU) def. Raluca Mita (VT) 2-6, 6-2, 6-3
Yukako Noi (FSU) def. Sansitha Nandakumar (VT) 3-6, 6-3, 6-3
Emily Fanning (FSU) def. Clementina Riobueno (UM) 7-6 (6), 7-5
Consolation Draw A:
Gabriella Castaneda (FSU) def. Andie Dikosavljevic (AU) 6-3, 6-4
Borthwick/Fanning (FSU) def. Martinez/Cortes (SU) 8-4
Pfeifler/Lewis (AU) def. Schippers/Noi (FSU) 8-6