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Riviera All- Americans Set to Begin
Francesca Segarelli will play in the

Francesca Segarelli will play in the

Sept. 28, 2012

LOS ANGELES -   Five members of the Florida State women's tennis team have been selected to play in one of the deepest collegiate tennis tournaments of the year.  Starting Saturday, Sept. 29 and running through Sept. 30 the Seminoles will square off in the Pre-Qualifying rounds of the Riviera/ITA Women's All-American Championships in Los Angeles.

"Even in the Pre-Qualifying draws, this tournament is deep," head coach Jennifer Hyde said. "It's going to be unbelievably intense. The best players in the country are invited to this and I am excited that we have five ladies representing Florida State. "

Saturday's tennis will feature all five players as sophomores Mia Vriens, Daneika Borthwick and Leyla Erkan will compete in pre- qualifying singles starting at 11:30 a.m. PT.  Vriens will face Caroline Magnusson of Tulane while Borthwick will take on the No. 4 seed in the draw in Chanelle Van Nguyen of UCLA.  Erkan will play a familiar ACC opponent in Jessica Wacnik from Boston College.

In Pre-qualifying doubles matches, seniors Amy Sargeant and Francesca Segarelli earned the No. 1 seed in the bracket and will take on Julia Fellerhoff and Rebecca Shine from Louisville on Saturday at 10 a.m. PT.  Borthwick and Vriens will play against the No. 5 seeded team from Missouri in Elisha Gabb and Cierra Gaytan- Leach at 8:30 a.m. PT.

The top four singles and doubles finishers will advance to the Qualifying draw which is set to begin on Oct. 2 and run through Oct. 3.  Segarelli has earned her spot in Qualifying singles and will play her first matches in those rounds with hopes of qualifying for the Main Draw, which is slated for Oct.4-7.

"I want the girls to recognize that we are one of the best teams in the country," Hyde said. "We belong out there. Playing against the best players in the nation is going to make us better and there are going to be great opportunities to compete and put it on the line at this event. It's a big deal and it speaks a lot about our team and what we're going to be capable of doing this spring."

For more information, visit Seminoles.com, Twitter (@FSU_Wtennis) or Facebook.  Information on updated draws can be found here :

http://www.itatennis.com/Events/ITANationalChampionships/WomensAllAmerican.htm

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