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Seminoles Start Fall Season
Sophomore Leyla Erkan


Sophomore Leyla Erkan

Sept. 20, 2012

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -   The fall season for the Florida State women's tennis team is set to be underway this weekend. The Seminoles will travel to Furman, S.C., for the Furman Fall Classic start on Friday, Sept. 21 and will finish with the final rounds on Sunday, Sept. 23.

"We are all extremely excited to get on the road to Furman for our first fall competition," head coach Jennifer Hyde said. "This tournament brings some of the best competition in the southeast to one venue in a weekend."

The tournament is loaded with talent as six of the seven teams competing are ranked by the ITA. In addition, 12 of the athletes playing singles and six doubles pairs are listed in the top 100 in NCAA Division I collegiate tennis.

Teams attending include No. 8 North Carolina, No. 11 Alabama, No. 24 Tennessee, No. 25 Clemson and No. 31 South Carolina. Seven teams will play in a format with five flights for singles and three flights for doubles.  Winners for each draw will be awarded on Sunday.

Sophomore Daneika Borthwick will face No. 18 Brynn Boren of Tennessee in the first flight of singles. Senior Francesca Segarelli will lead the top of the second draw and play Caitlyn Williams of Tennessee.  In flight three, senior Amy Sargeant will battle Amanda Murray of Furman. These matches will begin Friday, Sept. 21 at 1 p.m.

Starting at 2:30 p.m., sophomore Mia Vriens will take on Furman's Kelly Sullivan in bracket four of singles. Sophomore Leyla Erkan will play Joanna Henderson from Tennessee in flight five at 3 p.m.

"Daneika is really fired up to have her first college match," Hyde said. "We have some girls that are just ready to get back on court to compete after a long summer of training."

The Seminoles will also compete in doubles this weekend.  Sargeant and Segarelli will team up and play Kline and Moreno of Furman in flight one. In the second draw, Borthwick and Vriens will face Tavares and Fotopoulous of Tennessee. Both of these matches will take place at 9 a.m. on Friday.  Erkan will team up with junior Laurence Porry and compete in flight three of doubles. 

"Everyone at this tournament is either ranked inside the top 15 or is on the cusp of it," Hyde said. "Our team will have some great opportunities to play against very deep competition. It's going to give us a good look to see what we're made of for our ACC season in the spring. We're really looking forward to getting in our Garnet and Gold and making a statement this weekend."


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