March 15, 2003 - by
Florida State Women’s Tennis Falls In Heartbreaker To Virginia, 4-3

March 15, 2003

The Florida State women’s tennis team hosted the Cavaliers of the University of Virginia Saturday, March 15th, at the Scott Speicher Tennis Center on the campus of Florida State University. The Seminoles came from a 3-0 deficit to tie the score at three, but fell to the Cavaliers in a battle by a score of 4-3. With the loss, the Tribe falls to 10-5 on the season and 0-1 in the conference, while Virginia improves to 9-4 overall and 1-0 in the ACC.

The Seminoles were not able to start the day as they would have liked, as they allowed the Cavaliers to take the first point of the day in doubles play. Florida State’s Brooke Cordell and Christina Denny, playing at the No. 3 position, earned the first point in doubles play, as they overpowered Kyle Montgomery and Lauren Bruch of Virginia by a score of 8-1. At No. 2 doubles, Natalie Tirapelli and Mihaela Moldovan allowed Virginia’s Kristen James and Lauren Stern to take the second point of the day, as they fell by a score of 8-3. In No. 1 doubles, Amber Tantee and Daniela Gheorghe were defeated in a tough match to Henriette Williams and Jennifer Tuchband of Virginia, 8-5.

After winning the doubles portion of the match, the Cavaliers had momentum on their side and won two singles matches to take a 3-0 advantage. In No. 2 singles, Florida State’s Gheorge fell to Tuchband of Virginia by scores of 6-1, 6-1. Tantee, playing at the No. 4 postion, was defeated by Virginia’s James, 6-4, 6-2.

The Seminoles found a spark after going down by three and fought back to tie the score with wins on courts one, three and six. Moldovan defeated Williams of Virginia in No. 1 singles by scores of 7-5, 6-4. Florida State’s Denny was victorious at the No. 3 position, as she defeated Stern, 6-4, 7-5. The Seminoles tied the score at three, as Alina Mihailescu defeated Dora Bechliwanis of Virginia by scores of 3-6, 6-3, 6-2.

The match came down to a battle on court five. Florida State’s Cordell split the first two sets with Virginia’s Marta Bechliwanis, setting up an exciting third set. Cordell came back from a 5-1 deficit in the third set to cut the lead to 5-4, but it would not be enough, as she allowed Bechliwanis to win, 3-6, 6-2, 6-4.

The Seminoles will return to action Saturday, March 22nd, when they host the Wake Forest Demon Deacons at the Scott Speicher Tennis Center. The match is scheduled for an 11:00 am start.

Final Box Score:
Florida State 3
Virginia 4

No. 1 Williams/Tuchband (UVA) d. Tantee/Gheorghe (FSU) 8-5
No. 2 James/Stern (UVA) d. Natalie Tirapelli/Moldovan (FSU) 8-3
No. 3 Cordell/Denny (FSU) d. Kyle Montgomery/Lauren Bruch (UVA) 8-1

No. 1 Mihaela Moldovan (FSU) d. Henriette Williams (UVA) 7-5, 6-4
No. 2 Jennifer Tuchband (UVA) d. Daniela Gheorghe (FSU) 6-1, 6-1
No. 3 Christina Denny (FSU) d. Lori Stern (UVA) 6-4, 7-5
No. 4 Kristen James (UVA) d. Amber Tantee (FSU) 6-4, 6-2
No. 5 Marta Bechliwanis (UVA) d. Brooke Cordell (FSU) 3-6, 6-2, 6-4
No. 6 Alina Mihailescu (FSU) d. Dora Bechliwanis (UVA) 3-6, 6-3, 6-2

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