TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida State women’s tennis team has two players participating at the XXII Central American and Caribbean Games at the Las Palmas Racquet Club in Veracruz, Mexico starting Monday. Senior Kerrie Cartwright and sophomore Daniela Schippers will represent their home countries of the Bahamas and Guatemala, respectively.
Cartwright and Schippers were selected to participate in this event based on their ATP and WTA rankings. The best players from each Central America and Caribbean countries will compete against each other for individual and team medals.
“I love representing my country,” Cartwright said. “It means so much to me and I get super excited. I love where I am from and anytime I get the opportunity to play for my country I feel so grateful and blessed that I can.”
The Nassau, Bahamas native was ranked in the ITA preseason rankings at No. 91 entering the fall season. Cartwright went 4-4 in the fall and is projected to compete on Court 3 this season. The senior typically plays in the Fed Cup for the Bahamas national team and participated in this tournament when it was held in Puerto Rico in 2010.
“I think this tournament will help me get ready for the spring, so I can get more competitive matches in,” Cartwright said. “The more matches the better and the more I practice, the better I get. I think this is a win-win situation.”
Schippers’ is from Guatemala City, Guatemala. She held a 4-5 record this fall and is a player that will add great depth to an already deep Seminoles lineup this season. Her consistent ability to play with a high-level of energy through the last point of the match allows her to wear out opponents.
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