Oct. 16, 1999
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida State women’s tennis team continued
to serve as hosts to the 1999 Lady Seminole Classic Saturday. The
three-day event will conclude with the finals tomorrow. In the
tournament’s top draw, Flight A, FSU’s Alida Gallovits advanced to the
finals by defeating two top ranked opponents on Saturday.
Gallovits, ranked 68th in the country, began the day by defeating
the flight’s fifth seed and the ITA’s 91st-ranked player, Vanderbilt’s
Sarah Riske in straight sets 6-2, 6-3. Her next match of the day was
against the tournament’s top seed and the country’s eighth-ranked player,
Vanderbilt’s Julie Ditty. Gallovits came back from being a set down to win
2-6, 6-2, 6-2. Gallovits will face Northwestern’s Katherine Nasser in the
finals on Sunday.
Other finals to be played Sunday will be the Flight B Championship
between Miami’s Katia Bogomolova and Vanderbilt’s Lauren Rose. Bogomolova
was the No. 1 seed in the draw and Rose was the No. 2 seed. The Flight C
Championship will be between Miami’s Lauren Scaglione and Kansas’ Christi
Wagenaar. Scaglione was the four seed while Wagenaar was the draw’s two
seed. In the Flight A Consolation Championship match, Miami’s Alanna
Broderick will face Northwestern’s Marine Piriou. In the Flight C
Consolation Championship match, Alabama’s Kathleen Mele will face FIU’s
Carola Garcia. Mele was the draw’s top seed. The Flight B Consolation
semifinals and finals will both be played on Sunday.
In doubles action, the FSU duo of Kia Asberg and Natalie Carratala
won back-to-back matches Saturday to advance to the Flight B Consolation
semifinals. In the round of 16, Asberg and Carratala defeated FAMU’s Dia
Collina and Amber Pipkins 8-6. In the quarterfinals, Asberg and Carratala
defeated Jacksonville’s Sharon Schmeiser and Meeta Koregaonkar 8-4.
Florida State’s Ali Weber and Jessica Balbuena defeated Georgia Southern’s
Isabella Kling and Jennifer Runnion in the round of 16, 8-4. The doubles
tandem then went on to beat Auburn’s Simone Jardim and Lucy Altman in the
quarterfinals 8-6. Weber and Balbuena lost in the semifinals of the
Doubles A draw to Vanderbilt’s Kristy Blumberg and Kate Burson 8-6.
The action begins on Sunday at 8:30 a.m. at the Scott Speicher
Tennis Center. Admission is free.