July 17, 2009
Tallahassee, Fla. – The Florida State women’s tennis team along with head coach Jennifer Hyde welcomed two student-athletes to the squad for the upcoming 2009-10 season in hopes of continuing a consistent path of player dominance and team success. Francesca Segarelli (Rome, Italy) and Amy Sargeant (Walsall, England) will begin their Seminole career in the summer of 2009.
“We are very excited about our two new freshmen Francesca Segarelli and Amy Sargeant,” Hyde sad. “They both bring tremendous playing backgrounds and experience to our program, and we are thrilled they have joined our program.”
Segarelli’s passion for tennis started at the age of four and her ambition is continuing to grow as she enters her first year with the Seminoles. She has already proven to be one of the most talented and athletic tennis players in her league competing in numerous tournaments around the world. Segarelli has played in the US Open twice, first in 2006 and reappearing in 2008, while also competing at the TIHTA-ITF Aruba Tournament where she went undefeated in singles. The freshman will kick-off her collegiate career with a 57 singles and 59 doubles record. Although playing in clay is her favorite surface, with the help of her two handed backhand, she is sure to be a force on any court.
Sargeant enters her first season with the team having already faced the Seminole strength. In 2007, the freshman battled against sophomore Noemie Scharle in doubles at the Bath Tournament in 2007. The newcomer will be starting her season with a career singles record of 6-13 and a career doubles record of 7-17.
“They are currently attending summer school on campus and during these six weeks in Tallahassee, they will be able to familiarize themselves with campus, the city and the ins and outs of college life. When they return to campus in late August, they will have already gone through somewhat of a transition and they will be very focused and ready to hit the ground running.”