March 9, 2004
Tallahassee – The Florida State women’s tennis squad (9-4) will face the Penn State Nittany Lions (4-5) in its fourth and final match over a six-day spring break. The match is set to begin at noon at the Scott Speicher Tennis Center on Wednesday, March 10, 2004.
In the Tribe’s last outing, the team beat Michigan State by a tally of 5-2. The Seminoles began the day taking two of three doubles matches to win the point. At the number one position, newcomer Roxanne Clarke (Cape Town, South Africa/Clapham) paired with junior Mihaela Moldovan (Bucharest, Romania/Emil Racovita) bested the Spartans’ Thompson/Lay, 8-3. In the three slot for the first time this season, senior Anca Dumitrescu (Bucharest, Romania/VCU) and sophomore Lindsay Deason (St. Petersburg, FL/Boca Raton Prep) clinched the doubles point, facing the MSU tandem of Schnitzer/Baron, 8-2. Moldovan picked up her 13th singles win of the season while Denny and Dumitrescu followed suit to clinch the team victory. Deason rounded out the Seminoles’ scoring with a come from behind win at the number four position.
The Nittany Lions are coming off a 5-2 win against Old Dominion and riding a three-match win streak.
This is the first meeting between the two schools and highlights a homecoming for Penn State’s head coach Buffy Baker. Baker was a four-year standout at Florida State from 1988-1991. During her accolade filled tenure in Tallahassee, Baker achieved a national singles ranking of No. 37 and a doubles ranking of No. 17. Baker also won the Southeast Region Sportsmanship Award as a senior and was inducted into the Florida State Hall of Fame in 1997.
After today’s match, FSU opens Atlantic Coast Conference action with a match at Maryland on Saturday, March 13 at 11:00 a.m. followed by a contest at Virginia, Sunday, March 14 at 11:00 a.m.