Oct. 9, 2013
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida State women’s tennis team is set for its second tournament of the fall as they travel to Gainesville, Fla. for the Bedford Cup at the Ring Tennis Complex. Starting on Thursday, the four-day competition will see nine NCAA Division l teams from the state of Florida battle it out in a 64-singles and 32-doubles team draw event.
Thursday’s play will begin at 9 a.m. with an opening round of doubles, followed by two rounds of singles.
“This is a big and fun event,” head coach Jennifer Hyde said. “Every time we compete it matters. It doesn’t matter who you play against or where you are, the fall provides a lot of opportunity for momentum into the spring season.”
Junior Kerrie Cartwright is the fourth-seeded player in the singles draw and will have a first round bye. She will await the winner of Bettina Botha (FGCU) and Andrea Crepso (Stetson) in the second round.
“It’s a great tournament,” Cartwright said. “This can affect our team and rankings for the spring, so I’m really excited to see what we can do this weekend and how we will compete against these other schools.”
In the first round, freshman Eduarda Dos Santos will play against Hailey Grillo of USF while senior Laurence Porry will face Alexandra Lyubimova of Stetson. Freshman Majlena Pederson will first take on Fanny Fracassi of USF.
Kristina Schleich earned the No.6 seed in the draw as well as a first round bye and will match up against the winner of Valentina Beresinste (Bethune-Cookman) and Candela Munoz (FGCU).
“A tournament like this can give you confidence,” Schleich said. “Having those wins on your back will really help that. I’m excited for this weekend and this will really prepare us for the spring semester.”
Carwright and Pedersen will team up in doubles and await the victor of Crespo/MayaBlue Macdowell of Stetson and Simona Weymar/Marina Cunningham of UNF in the second round.
Porry and Schleich will play Mariella Calderon and Taylor Hollander of North Florida in the first round.
“We’ve had some highlights from our upperclassmen this fall,” Hyde said. “Now, it’s time for our younger players to step up and figure out their role and I think this fall is going to allow that for them.”
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