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Seminoles Primed For Regionals
Sophomore Leyla Erkan looks to build off her 2-2 singles record this weekend.


Sophomore Leyla Erkan looks to build off her 2-2 singles record this weekend.

Oct. 18, 2012

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -  In the midst of one of the best fall seasons under head coach Jennifer Hyde, the Florida State women's tennis team looks to continue their success for another weekend at the ITA Southeast Regional Championships in Tampa, Fla.

"This is one of those tournaments that defines you fall season," associate head coach Oliver Foreman said. "We have six players line up and it's a great opportunity for everyone to step up. It's one of those tournaments where you're going to have to bring you're A-game."

The ITA is divided into 12 regions and the Seminoles will participate in the Southeast Region.  The winners of the 64-person main draw singles event and 64-team doubles draw will advance to the USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships beginning on Nov. 8 -11 11 in Flushing, NY.  There are also at-large and wildcard bids to the event in order to fill the 32 slots in singles and 20 doubles team selections.

During the 2012 fall season, the Seminoles have faced players from 14 ranked teams, recording a team record of 18-13 in singles, including four wins against ranked opponents in six tries.

"We've had a good fall so far," Foreman said. "Now we're in a situation where it's time to get out there and put ourselves on display and see what we have."

Grabbing two of those ranked wins was senior No. 81 Francesca Segarelli. She caught fire at the Riviera/ITA All-American Championship, taking down No. 26 Zoe De Bruycker of North Carolina 6-3, 6-3 and No.56 Stefanie Tan of TCU 6-4, 6-4.

Sophomore Daneika Borthwick began her Seminole career with a top-20 victory at the Furman Fall Classic by topping No. 18 Brynn Boren of Tennessee, 6-2, 3-6, 6-3.  Borthwick added another ranked win in the first of the pre-qualifying rounds of the Riviera/ITA All-American by defeating No. 86 Chanelle Van Nguyen of UCLA, 6-1, 6-4.

"Confidence is everything in tennis," Foreman said. "The girls have had a tough semester so far and they've got some good wins under their belt. We're in pretty good shape to get out there this weekend and have some good wins.  The team understands that we're looking to string some good wins together - one through six, we'd like everyone to go out there and give themselves the best shot to not only qualify for National Indoors, but for the team to be in the top 15 or 20 for spring."

For more information on the weekend, check back to Seminoles.com, Twitter (@FSU_Tennis) and Facebook.   

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