TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida State women’s tennis team ended competition on Monday at the ITA South Regional Championships in Atlanta, Ga. The Seminoles finished the tournament with records of 13-8 in singles and 2-3 in doubles.
“I am happy with the continued progress we are showing,” Head Coach Jennifer Hyde said. “The southeast region is probably the strongest region in the nation and the competition from the first round and on is second to none.”
Freshman Lana Rush was the last Seminole standing on Monday as she made it to the B Singles Draw finals against Nerma Caluk of Florida International. Rush was unable to continue her weekend success and fell to Caluk in straight sets 6-4, 6-2. Entering into Monday’s match Rush won all six sets in her three matches to reach the B Draw finals. She only lost more than two games in a single set once. The London, England native now holds a record of 6-3 in her first season.
“Lana made a lot of progress during the weekend, but today in the final she didn’t play her best match,” Hyde said. “She is striking the ball better and constructing points better. She is using her strengths a little bit more consistently.”
Gabriella Castaneda is another freshman making noise during the fall season and brought more of that buzz into the South Regional Championships. After winning her first three matches of the tournament, she improved her season record to an unblemished 9-0. In her third victory, Castaneda was in a grueling three-set fight against Georgia’s Mariana Gould that lasted over three hours. After such a demanding match, Castaneda faced off against her toughest opponent of the season in No. 14 ranked Brianna Morgan from Florida. The Florida State true freshman came out in charge taking the first set in a tiebreaker 7-6(5), but ran out of gas and dropped the match in the third set 6-7(5), 6-3, 6-4.
“Gabby was on a roll,” Hyde said. “She had herself some really solid wins over some seasoned players. She nearly picked off the No. 14 player from Florida. I am very proud of her efforts this weekend. She continues to standout.”
Junior Yukako Noi and redshirt freshman Emily Fanning both fought back from opening day losses to end the tournament positively. Fanning won three matches in a row before falling in the semifinals of the A Singles Consolation Draw. No. 79 ranked Noi won her first two matches in the consolation draw before dropping out midway through the second set in her match against Miami’s No. 111 Monique Albuquerque.
“We are learning,” Hyde said. “We are continuing to learn. I think that is a big part of the fall – learning the specific things that we have to get better at and adapting to where we need to adapt.”
The Seminoles have the week off before competition begins on Thursday, October 30 at the USTA Clay Court Invitational at Disney.
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A Singles Draw:
Round of 32
Gabriella Castaneda (FSU) def. Mariana Gould (UGA) 6-7 (5), 6-3, 6-4
Hannah King (UGA) def. Daneika Borthwick (FSU) 6-1, 4-6, 6-3
Rasheeda McAdoo (GT) def. No. 91 Kerrie Cartwright (FSU) 6-2, 7-6 (7)
Round of 16
No. 14 Brianna Morgan (UF) def. Gabriella Castaneda (FSU) 5-7, 6-2, 6-0
A Singles Consolation Draw:
Round of 32
Emily Fanning (FSU) def. Jessica Cortes (USF) 2-6, 7-6, 6-2
No. 79 Yukako Noi (FSU) def. Alexa Anton-Ohlmeyer (GT) 7-6(5), 6-3
Round of 16
Emily Fanning (FSU) def. Virginie Stein (KSU) 6-2, 3-6, 6-3
No. 79 Yukako Noi (FSU) def. Hailey Grillo (USF) 6-1, 6-2
Emily Fanning (FSU) def. Silvia Fuentes (UM) 6-1, 6-1
No. 111 Monique Albuquerque (UM) def. No. 79 Yukako Noi (FSU) 6-1, 3-0, retired
Alizee Michaud (STET) def. Emily Fanning (FSU) 6-1, 6-2
B Singles Draw:
Round of 16
Lana Rush (FSU) def. Marisa Ruiz (FAU) 6-2, 6-1
Lana Rush (FSU) def. Tarani Kamoe (GST) 6-1, 6-2
Lana Rush (FSU) def. Luise Intert (UNF) 6-2, 7-5
Nerma Caluk (FIU) def. Lana Rush (FSU) 6-4, 6-2