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GABRIELLA CASTANEDA

Player profile

(Updated June 2017)
year
Senior
hometown
Miramar, Fla.
high school
Broward Virtual School

Spring 2017:

All-ACC Third Team (2015, 2017) 

Named to All-ACC third team after leading the Seminoles from the top spot for the entire season… All-ACC Academic team…won matches early in the season against Columbia and Harvard…defeated No. 58 Michelle Valdez of North Florida 6-1, 6-3 for highest-ranked win of the regular season…was first off the court in 4-0 route at Louisville, a 6-0, 6-2 win over Aleksandra Mally…in NCAA First Round upset over No. 26 Arizona State, defeated No. 50 Kassidy Jump for 50th-career singles victory to led the Florida State comeback…won the first set and was in the third with Auburn’s No. 17 Alizee Michaud when the Tigers clinched the match…battled through ankle injury for much of the season, sometimes limiting her to only doubles play…with Daniela Schippers, began the season 13-0 on court three doubles…did not suffer a loss until the last week of the regular season at Virginia Tech…finished the year 16-2…against No. 11 Auburn in the NCAA Second Round, defeated No. 64 Georgia Axon/Caroline Turner 7-5 to help FSU win the doubles point…the upperclassmen pair led the Seminoles to win 20 doubles points on the year, the most in program history…ended the season ranked No. 81 in the ITA doubles poll, one of three FSU pairs to finish in the final rankings

Fall 2016:

 Finished the fall season 2-6 in doubles and 0-3 in singles…went 1-5 at the Furman Classic in September, defeating Furman’s Katty Weymouth/Ansley Speaks 8-6 in doubles with Julia Mikulski…at the ITA Southeast Regional Championship in Gainesville, competed only in doubles, contributing to an undefeated first day by defeating Georgia Southern 8-0 with Mikulski…fell to Maryna Veksler/Ulyana Grib of Florida International twice to finish with a 1-2 record in the tournament

2015-16:

Finished sophomore season with a 19-15 singles mark and 15-14 doubles record…was 15-10 in the spring, including a 7-4 mark on Ct. 2…had one ranked singles win on the year, against No. 101 Lexi Borr of Boston College in the ACC Tournament opening round…opened the year ranked No. 81 in singles and No. 22 in doubles with Emily Fanning…after Fanning’s transfer, partnered with senior Yukako Noi and went 5-1 over the final three weeks of season, beating two ranked opponents and winning both matches in the ACC Tournament…finished the season ranked No. 51 with Noi…won the USTA National Clay Court Championship in Fort Lauderdale in summer 2016.

2014-15:

Finished the spring 16-6 and 10-2 in the ACC in singles play…playing primarily on Ct. 3 and 4, finished 15-6…her 26 singles wins and 10 wins in conference play were the most on the team…had a winning record against ranked players (5-4)…won her last two matches of the year and went 6-1 in her last 10 matches (three DNF)…in doubles, paired with Emily Fanning to go 10-2 in dual matches, including 9-0 on Ct. 2…4-2 in doubles against ranked opponents…won seven consecutive singles matches heading into the ACC Tournament, including ranked wins over No. 72 Whitney Kay of UNC and No. 76 Clementina Riobueno of Miami…starting in the ITA Kick-Off, went over two months without losing a doubles match, from Jan. 24 to March 27…won five of six total matches (singles and doubles) in the ACC Tournament, including a 7-5, 6-7 (3), 6-1 thriller against Kendal Woodard of Georgia Tech in the ACC Semifinals…All-ACC Third Team…had one of the best fall seasons in Florida State freshman history…started off her collegiate career 9-0 in singles, winning her first two tournaments…finished with a team-best 10-4 record in singles, and went 5-6 in doubles…in her first ever match, she defeated Vanderbilt’s No. 39 Frances Altick in straight sets 6-3, 6-3…went on to defeat two more opponents en route to the Flight One singles title at the Furman Fall Classic in Greenville, S.C.…continued her success as she swept through the competition at the Bedford Cup in Jacksonville to capture her second singles title of the fall season…defeated Miami’s No. 111 Monique Albuquerque in the first round at the ITA Southeast Regional Championships in Atlanta in straight sets 7-6, 6-2…went 2-1 against nationally ranked opponents in singles and 1-1 in doubles…paired with partner Emily Fanning in doubles for almost all of the fall season and held a 5-3 record…reached the finals together at the Furman Fall Classic in Greenville, S.C., after defeating Vanderbilt’s No. 17 Courtney Colton and Sydney Campbell 8-2 in the semifinals…won both doubles matches with Fanning at the Bedford Cup to start the tournament to advance to the semifinals.

High School:

Won both the singles and doubles FHSAA tennis titles as a freshman and a sophomore while at Everglades High School in Miramar, Fla…she competed in an ITF Juniors event in Honduras in September 2012 and won the IV Arabe Internacional Cup by defeating El Salvador’s Jennifer Paola Atriga Henriquez 4-6, 6-1, 7-6 (3)…she also made the semifinals of the doubles draw at that same tournament.

Personal:

Born December 8, 1995…daughter of Larry and Olga Castaneda…has one brother Gabriel and a sister Sacha…Exploratory major…enjoys relaxing at the beach and watching movies.