TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida State women’s tennis team continues its fall schedule this weekend at the Bedford Cup in Jacksonville, Fla. hosted by the University of North Florida at the UNF Tennis Complex. Singles and doubles play will begin on Friday with the tournament concluding on Monday, October 13.
The Seminoles have already had a strong start in the early going of their season. Senior Daneika Borthwick strung together four straight victories at the ITA Riviera All-American tournament in California, including two wins over ranked opponents.
“It was good for me because I got to play a lot of matches,” Borthwick said. “I am going to keep building on the things I have been working on in practice, trying to win the big points and improve as the season moves on.”
Freshman Gabby Castaneda showed incredible promise and poise in her first collegiate competition when she participated at the Furman Fall Classic. Castaneda won three straight matches in controlling fashion en route to the flight one championship. She not only dominated on the singles side, she was also impressive in doubles with her partner redshirt freshman Emily Fanning. The two freshmen highlighted the weekend with a victory of the
No. 17 ranked doubles team in Courtney Colton and Sydney Campbell of Vanderbilt, 8-2.
“It was my first college tournament so I didn’t know what to expect, but I went into that tournament very confident with all the training and everything that we have been doing,” Castaneda said. “I want to take what I did the other weekend [at the Furman Fall Classic] and try to repeat it again this weekend.”
The two Seminole singles players that are ranked will be in action this weekend as well. No. 79 Yukako Noi split her two matches at the All-American tournament with a ranked win over No. 69 Gabriella De Santis from Ohio State. No. 91 Cartwright fell in her only match this season, but is confident she will get back on track.
“I am excited,” Cartwright said. “I played at the Bedford Cup last year and played very well. I am excited for the team and for everybody to compete.”
In doubles, Florida State will have pairs competing in two of the three brackets. The No. 9 ranked doubles duo of Borthwick and Cartwright are the highest ranked team in the tournament. Noi will partner up with freshman Lana Rush for the first time in competition. Rush impressed in her Seminole debut as a singles player at the Furman Fall Classic winning third place in flight four. Rush was previously paired with sophomore Daniela Schippers in that tournament. The third Florida State duo will be Castaneda and Fanning.
The team will all be together for the first time in competition at the Bedford Cup because of overlapping dates with the All-American and Furman Fall Classic tournaments. Seven Seminoles will be competing in Jacksonville hoping to improve their skills as the team marches towards the spring dual match season.
“It is our first tournament as a team — having everyone together,” Borthwick said. “That is going to be really nice with all of us traveling together and being able to watch everybody play. I am really looking forward to that.”
Doubles play will begin at 9 a.m. on Friday while singles will take place after at 1 p.m.
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Day 1 Schedule
No. 79 Yukako Noi (FSU) vs. Spencer Liang (UF)
No. 91 Kerrie Cartwright (FSU) vs. Olaya Garrido (USF)
Daneika Borthwick (FSU) vs. Silvia Fuentes (UM)
Gabby Castaneda (FSU) vs. Nina Nagode (FIU)
Daniela Schippers (FSU) vs. Nerma Cazuk (FIU)
Emily Fanning (FSU) vs. Judith Bohenkamp (UM)
Lana Rush (FSU) vs. Sofia Baptista (UCF)
No. 9 Daneika Borthwick/Kerrie Cartwright vs. Olaya Garrido/Vera Bessonova (USF)
Yukako Noi/Lana Rush (FSU) vs. Caroline Eberhart/Keenan Johnson (UCF)
Gabby Castaneda/Emily Fanning (FSU) vs. Courtney Ceasarini/Sofia Baptista (UCF)