May 24, 2004
Athens, GA – Senior Anca Dumitrescu (Bucharest, Romania/VCU) lost to William and Mary’s #27 Megan Muth during the round of 64 singles at the 2004 NCAA Women’s Tennis Singles Championships, by a final tally of 6-2, 5-7, 7-6. The singles championship tournament, held in conjunction with the team and doubles championships in Athens, GA, was the last match for the Seminole.
“Anca (Dumitrescu) played solid today,” said eighth year head coach Lise Gregory, in her final season with the Seminoles. “She started off slowly in the first set but, in the last four games, she held the serve and played great.”
Dumitrescu dropped the first set 6-2 to Muth before heading to the second where she battled it out. At one point in the second stanza, she was down 4-3 before going on to take four of the next six games from Muth and the second set win.
“In the second set, she started off well and kept the momentum going,” Gregory continued. “In the third set, it was neck and neck, with (Muth), not giving much away.”
In the tiebreaker, both players were evenly matched, fighting for the last set and overall match win. Dumitrescu and Muth went back and forth tying every point until the score was 6-6. Muth picked up the last game and the win, 7-6.
“Anca could have been a little more aggressive but she definitely played well overall,” Gregory commented. “She did great mentally and I was pleased with how she handled herself. Unfortunately, I would have loved to see her win but I’m definitely proud of the way she played today.”
Dumitrescu finished her career-best campaign with a team-leading 15 doubles victories alongside 17 singles wins (best in her career) and her third trip to the singles play of the NCAA tourney. The transfer, who originally intended to play out her career at Virginia Commonwealth, ends her three-year stint in Tallahassee with a 66-34 career singles record, good for eighth on the all-time list.
The Seminole women’s tennis team had one of the best seasons in the history of the program with a record-tying six conference wins including an upset of then-No. 9 North Carolina, a trip to the semifinals of the Atlantic Coast Conference Championships and the second round of the NCAA Women’s Tennis Tournament.