TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida State women’s tennis team heads to Atlanta, Ga. for the ITA South Regional Championships held at the Ken Byers Tennis Complex on the campus of Georgia Tech with competition starting on Friday Oct. 17.
Senior double partners Daneika Borthwick and Kerrie Cartwright enter the tournament as the 2-seed and will face Masa Grgan and Marcia Tere-Apisah of Georgia State. The No. 9 ranked doubles pair in the country is looking to make a deep run at the Regional Championships.
Florida State has two players in the preseason singles rankings. Junior Yukako Noi is ranked No. 79 and will be the 11-seed this weekend. Her first match will be against Stefani Stojic from Florida. No. 91 Cartwright earned the 12-seed in the singles draw and is matched up against Georgia’s Mia King.
The most dominate Seminole so far has been true freshman Gabriella Castaneda. A perfect 7-0 record to begin her collegiate career, Castaneda will look to continue her impressive start against a difficult opponent in Miami’s No. 111 ranked and 14-seed Monique Albuquerque. The Miramar, Fla. native has competed in two singles tournaments and has won them both.
“After every tournament I am gaining more and more confidence,” Castaneda said. “I am getting more comfortable on the court. I am just so motivated. I have a great team rooting for me out there. Whenever I am out on the court I am fighting to win.”
Borthwick holds a 4-2 singles record this season, but will be tested right off the bat versus No. 51 ranked and 9-seed Kourtney Keegan of Florida.
Sophomore Daniela Schippers is on a three match winning streak. She will take on North Florida’s Marina Cunningham. One of her main strengths has been wearing out her opponents and taking advantage late in matches during critical points.
“I do have confidence in myself that somehow I am going to be the one who is wanting it a little bit more,” Schippers said. “I have put myself in a lot of pressure situations which is good. I think I have managed them very well.”
Redshirt freshman Emily Fanning will play against Caroline Brinson of Georgia. Fanning reached the singles finals at the Bedford Cup last weekend with a record of 3-1.
Each player except freshman Lana Rush who was awarded a bye in the first round of the B Singles Draw, will play at least one doubles match and one singles match tomorrow beginning at 8 a.m. The finals of each draw will be played on Monday.
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Day One Schedule:
Main Singles Draw
Round of 64
No. 79 Yukako Noi (FSU) vs. Stefani Stojic (UF)
No. 91 Kerrie Cartwright (FSU) vs. Mia King (UGA)
Daneika Borthwick (FSU) vs. No. 51 Kourtney Keegan (UF)
Gabriella Castaneda (FSU) vs. No. 111 Monique Albuquerque (UM)
Daniela Schippers (FSU) vs. Marina Cunningham (UNF)
Emily Fanning (FSU) vs. Caroline Brinson (UGA)
B Singles Draw
Round of 32
Lana Rush (FSU) vs. BYE
Main Doubles Draw
Round of 32
No. 9 Daneika Borthwick/Kerrie Cartwright vs. Masa Grgan/Marcia Tere-Apisah (GST)
Daniela Schippers/Lana Rush (FSU) vs. Linn Timmermann/Tarani Kamoe (GST)
Gabriella Castaneda/Emily Fanning (FSU) vs. Virginie Stein/Jana Hueckinghaus (KSU)