Jan. 27, 2012
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - The No. 18 Florida State women's tennis team is set to host the ITA Kickoff Weekend/Indoor Regional Championships this weekend at the Scott Speicher Tennis Center.
The tournament will feature four teams. Including Florida State, No. 29 Texas A&M, No. 37 Ole Miss and No.56 Ohio State will all be in Tallahassee for the event.
The first match will take place on Saturday, Jan. 28 at 10 a.m. and will be between Texas A&M and Ole Miss. The Seminoles will take the court against Ohio State at 2 p.m. The losers of both matches will meet at 10 a.m. on Sunday, Jan. 29 and the winners of both matches will meet at 2 p.m.
"We are really glad to be hosting it here," Head Coach Jennifer Hyde said. "It is a big weekend for us and we're hoping to have everyone ready to go and rolling and looking to qualify."
The winner of this event will head to Charlottesville, Va. for the National Team Indoor Championships on Feb. 10-13. The Seminoles made the final event just two seasons ago for the first time ever in school history.
The Seminoles first opponent will be the Buckeyes, where FSU has a 3-0 advantage over the in the all-time series. The last time these two teams met was during the 2009-2010 season, which resulted in a Florida State victory, 6-1.
Last weekend, the Seminoles downed UCF, 6-1. The team was led by Junior Francesca Segarelli as she beat Genevieve Lorbergs, 6-2, 6-3 in the number one spot. She would team up with sophomore Ruth Seaborne in the number one position in doubles, as they defeated Lorbergs and senior Alexis Rodriguez 8-1. Seaborne also bested Rodriguez in singles on the number two court, 6-2, 6-3.
In the third position of singles, freshman Leyla Erkan picked up a win as she defeated Jenna Dorefler, 6-2, 6-4. Following in the fourth spot, junior Carolina De los Santos defeated Courtney Griffith, 6-1, 6-0. The last singles win came from the junior Casey Simmons who outlasted Allison Hodges in a battle in the six spot with scores of 7-6, 7-5.
Junior Amy Sargeant began her comeback after sitting out the fall season. She paired up with De Los Santos in the number two spot in doubles as they went on to defeat Doerfler and Griffith 8-2.
The Buckeyes head into this weekend with a record of 2-1, recording victories over West Virginia and Dayton, however they dropped their season opener in Tampa to No. 42 USF, 6-1.
The No. 37 Ole Miss Rebels enter this weekend with a 2-0 record, coming off of a win against Hawaii 6-1. The No. 4 doubles team of Kristi Boxx and Abby Guthrie picked up a win, 8-5. In singles, No. 12 Boxx recorded a victory, 6-1, 6-3 as did No. 54 Caroline Rohde- Moe, 6-2-6-1.
This event marks the start of the season for the No.29 Texas A&M Aggies, however they have three players ranked in singles play. No. 11 Cristina Sanchez-Quintanar, No. 61 Sun Wen and No. 105 Nazari Urbina will all make their debuts this weekend.
"Three of the girls were on the team when we qualified two years ago and they realized just what a big event it is," Hyde stated. "There are top 15 teams there and you're among the best in the country and I really do think we belong there, it's just a matter of having to go out there and prove it."
All matches are scheduled to be played at the Scott Speicher Tennis Center, however times and locations are subject to change. Check back to Seminoles.com and Twitter (FSU_Wtennis) for more information. 645-GAME is the weather hotline for Florida State Athletics and can be used to check-in for weather updates.
Live stats tomorrow's match can be followed here: http://www.seminoles.com/sports/w-tennis/spec-rel/fsu-w-tennis-live-updates-osu.html
In addition, the 2012 Women's Tennis Almanac is now online at Seminoles.com on the women's tennis page.