Sept. 11, 2012
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - The first test of the 2012-13 season is just around the corner as three Florida State women’s tennis players were selected to compete in the pre-qualifying rounds of the Rivera/ITA All-American Championships starting on Sept. 29 in Los Angeles. Those athletes are seniors Francesca Segarelli and Amy Sargeant and sophomore Daneika Borthwick.
“I’m excited with the fact that we have three players traveling to this event,” head coach Jennifer Hyde said. “This is one of the most prestigious events we have in college tennis. After having a bit of a dry spell after last year, it’s great to have three Noles in there among the nation’s elite players.”
Segarelli and Borthwick will play in the pre-qualifying singles tournament, while Sargeant and Segarelli will team up for the doubles portion of the pre-qualifying event. Both singles and doubles matches will be held from Sept. 29-30 at the UCLA.
In order to advance from the field of 64 in the pre-qualifying rounds of singles into the qualifying rounds on Oct. 2, players will have to win three matches. In qualifying, a new set of 64 players will look to advance to the main draw of the event which will run from Oct. 4-7. Both qualifying and main draws will be held at the Rivera Tennis Club in Pacific Palisades, Calif. Doubles is constructed in a similar format.
Segarelli will start her senior season in the No.81 spot according to the ITA rankings in singles. Last season, Segarelli turned in a record of 16-13. The Rome, Italy native won her last six singles matches to cap the 2012 season, including two over ranked opponents.
“It was exciting to see our two seniors were selected,” Hyde said. “They’ll be able to play in this event for the first time in their careers and with Daneika coming off a strong summer, she earned the opportunity to play there as well. “
Borthwick will be making her debut unranked, however she is rated as the No. 9 best newcomer according to the ITA.
A fourth could be joining the trio as sophomore Leyla Erkan was listed as an alternate for pre-qualifying singles.
“With Leyla on the alternate list, we could potentially have half of our team in an event of such great magnitude,” Hyde said. “It says a lot for what lies ahead for this team this season.”
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