Sept. 26, 2013
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - The Florida State women's tennis team opens its fall schedule on Friday at the Furman Fall Classic in Greenville, S.C. FSU is one of eight teams competing in the flighted formatted tournament that runs from Sept. 27-29 at the Mickel Tennis Center.
"It great to have this as our first tournament," head coach Jennifer Hyde said. "It's going to be a tough weekend. We're going to have to play and recover for a couple days straight but it's exciting. It gives us a chance to gauge where we are right now and it's getting the girls out there competing against some of the best teams in the country. It's going to be fun."
In addition to FSU and the host team Furman, Alabama, Iowa, South Carolina, Tennessee and Vanderbilt will all be in action. Four teams in the field (FSU- No.24, Alabama- No.11, Clemson- No.13 and Vanderbilt-No.19) finished the 2013 season ranked inside the top 25, while Tennessee (31) and South Carolina (34) ended up just outside those rankings.
Included in the flights will be 11 ITA-preseason ranked singles players and six ranked doubles teams. Junior Daneika Borthwick is among those singles players at No.46.
Borthwick will play in flight one of singles, opening against Alex Moreno-Kaste of Furman.
Making their debuts are freshmen Eduarda Santos and Mejlena Pedersen. Santos will play Eve Repic of Tennessee in flight four while Pedersen will take on Aimee Tarum of Iowa in flight five.
Senior Laurence Porry will contest her first match against Margaret Boyette of Furman and junior Mia Vriens will play Natalie Looney of South Carolina in flight seven.
In doubles, Borthwick and Cartwright will team up and play in flight one against Erin Routliffe and Mary Anne Daines. Playing in flight two will be Santos and Schleich against Meghan Blevins and Elixane Lechemia of South Carolina. Pedersen and Porry will face the duo of Aimee Tarun and Ellen Silver of Iowa.
"Everything is a learning process," Hyde said. "We have some new freshmen and staff members and we're finding our role right now. The big thing right now is improvement. Development is what the fall season is all about and it's good to have a chance like this early in the fall to get them out there."
Doubles will start on Friday at 9 a.m. while singles will begin at 1 p.m. For more on FSU women's tennis, follow the Seminoles on Facebook and Twitter.