Nov. 1, 2012
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida State women’s tennis team is poised for one last fall tournament this season. Starting on Friday, the Seminoles will play in the State of Florida Championships hosted by the University of South Florida in Tampa, Fla.
“I’m looking for our team to continue to ride on our success from this fall,” head coach Jennifer Hyde said. “We’ve had some pretty grand results and this weekend I expect nothing less. This is a great opportunity for us to go in there and make one final statement.”
Including the host team in USF, seven NCAA Division I Florida schools are set to play in the event. The Seminoles will join Florida Gulf Coast, Miami, Florida A&M, UCF, and North Florida in a round of 64 singles in addition to a 20- team doubles draw.
Starting at 10 a.m., junior Kristina Schleich will play in the first round of singles against Sofia Baptista from UCF before her teammates go on court for the second round.
In round two, sophomore Leyla Erkan is set to face Bethany Holt from Florida A&M, while the No. 4 seeded senior Francesca Segarelli will match up against Lorena Aviles of North Florida. Sophomore Mia Vriens qualified as the No. 8 player in the bracket and will play Simona Weymar of North Florida. All three of these matches will take place at 10 a.m.
Also in the second round, No. 3 seeded sophomore Danieka Borthwick and Amy Sargeant will await their opponents from the first round. Borthwick has the top record in singles on the team this fall. She’s posted a record of 7-3 while notching three wins against ranked players.
Prior to singles, doubles play will start at 9 a.m. Erkan and Schleich will team up to play Hollander and Cunningham of North Florida, while Sargeant and Vriens will take on Sterkel and Solaun of Florida Gulf Coast. Both matches are first round duals.
Earning the top seed in the doubles bracket, Segarelli and Borthwick will take on Pivak and Baptista in the second round of the draw.
“We’re very excited for this final tournament,” Hyde said. “The girls have had some great rest and we’re prepared. This is a good chance for us to finish out the fall season on a high note and see what we can expect for the spring season.”
Both singles and doubles play will continue throughout the weekend. For more information, check back to Seminoles.com, Twitter (@FSU_Wtennis) and Facebook .