Oct. 23, 2013
ORLANDO, Fla. – The Florida State women’s tennis team is preparing to compete at the USTA Clay Court Invitational at Disney from October 24-27 at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. Nine top 25 women’s teams, as well as several top USTA juniors, will be at the Orlando competition.
“This is our first time playing in this Disney event, along with our men’s team and the USTA. It’s going to be a great event,” said head coach Jennifer Hyde. “We’ve got a couple really good ACC schools, SEC schools and top-ranked programs coming to the tournament and again, it is just some more opportunities for us to play against some of the better players in the country. We’re excited to get down to Orlando.”
The action gets underway at 8 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 24 with the singles draw. Four Seminoles will have a match at 8 a.m., with No. 14 seed Duda dos Santos versus Caroline Eberhart of UCF.
Daneika Borthwick is the No. 2 seed in singles and will start in the round of 32 at 1 p.m. against the winner of Paula Deheza (TAMU) and Courtney Griffith (UCF).
The doubles draw gets underway with Porry and dos Santos versus UCF’s Griffith and Cesarini at 3 p.m. Schleich and Pedersen will hit the court at 3:30 p.m. to take on Tulsa’s Saartinen and Kuricova.
Borthwick and Cartwright drew a top-8 doubles seed and have a bye into the round of 16 and will compete on Friday against the winner of UNM’s Bezdickova and Blankers versus the USTA pairing of Kingsley and Ainey.
The No. 24 Florida State women’s team is being joined by No. 2 Florida, No. 3 Texas A&M, No. 14 Duke, No. 18 Texas Tech, No. 19 Vanderbilt, No. 25 Auburn, No. 28 Oklahoma State, No. 29 Tulsa, UCF, New Mexico and USTA top players.
“Our whole fall has been about testing ourselves. This weekend is going to be no different,” added Hyde. “The national runner-up from Texas A&M last year is coming. Florida is coming…Duke…we’ve got a lot of good representation from some of the best talent in the country. I’m just ready for our girls to do a good job this weekend and take advantage of the opportunities that we get.”