PACIFIC PALISADES, Calif. – The Florida State women’s tennis team heads to California to compete in the Riviera/ITA All-American Championship against the nation’s top division one women’s tennis players.
Pre-qualifying matches will be contested at Pepperdine University, with Riviera Tennis Club holding qualifying and main draw matches. Qualifying singles and doubles are set for October 2-3, with the main draw running from October 4-7.
All eight Seminoles head to Pacific Palisades to compete as five individuals as well as four doubles pairs.
“We positioned ourselves well last season to get everyone to compete in this highly prestigious event this year,” said head coach Jennifer Hyde. “I think that is a credit to the success that these young ladies achieved last year and continue to strive towards more of this season.”
Junior Carla Touly will begin competition on Oct. 4th in the main draw of singles. Senior Ana Oparenovic along with sophomore Emmanuelle Salas will both begin play on Oct. 2 in the qualifying draw. Sophomore Petra Hule and junior Nandini Das round out the Seminoles competing in the singles competition as they begin play on Sept. 29 in the pre-qualifying draw.
The Garnet and Gold have four doubles pairs competing in the All-American Championships. Touly and Salas, as well as Hule and Oparenovic, begin doubles play on Oct. 2 in the qualifying doubles draw, while the Seminole duo of senior Julia Mikulski and junior Andrea Garcia and the pairing of Das and senior Ariana Rahmanparast begin doubles play on Sept. 29 in the pre-qualifying draw.
Each player has the opportunity to win through their draw and advance to the next.
“I am very proud of the girls for all qualifying for the tournament, but now what is even more important is going out there and staying out there and continuing to advance,” said Hyde. “Every match is going to be very difficult and the level of play is going to be through the roof. We had great preparation for that last weekend in our first fall event. Everyone knows to keep advancing in this tournament is an absolute grind and the days are long and physical but we happen to be in the best shape we have ever been in at this time of the year. We are ready for the opportunity to go out there unpack our bags and stay a while.”
In addition to vying for the All-American national title, players will compete to secure a berth into the 2018 Oracle ITA National Fall Championships, which takes place November 7-11, in Surprise, Arizona. Singles quarterfinalists, consolation singles champion and finalist, along with doubles semifinalists and consolation doubles champion and finalist advance to the end of fall national championship.
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