Feb. 23, 2003
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
The Florida State women’s tennis team, currently ranked 57th nationally, hosted the 30th-ranked University of Alabama Sunday, February 23rd, at the Scott Speicher Tennis Center on the campus of Florida State University. The Seminoles and Tide battled, but the Tide rolled, as Alabama defeated the Tribe, 4-3. With the loss, Florida State falls to 6-3 on the season, while Alabama improves to 8-1.
The Seminoles dominated doubles play, as they swept the Crimson Tide. Florida State’s Anca Dumitrescu and Mihaela Moldovan, playing at the No. 1 position, overpowered 38th-ranked Millie Begovic and Robin Stephenson of Alabama, 8-1. In No. 3 doubles, Brook Cordell and Christina Denny picked up a win for the Seminoles, as they knocked off Nathalie Koppelle and Melissa Minor of Alabama by a score of 8-3. To complete the sweep, Daniela Gheorghe and Amber Tantee defeated Alabama’s Sophie Cremers and Ashley Bentley in No. 2 doubles, 8-5.
After earning the first point of the day in doubles action, the Seminoles gained momentum going into singles. Sophomore Moldovan put the Tribe up 2-0, as she defeated Stephenson of Alabama in No. 2 singles, 6-1, 6-2. The Crimson Tide began to slip back into the match, as Gheorghe fell to Cremers of Alabama at the No. 3 position by scores of 6-3, 6-0. Florida State’s Dumitrescu, currently ranked 50th in the nation in singles, quickly answered, as she defeated #71 Begovic in No. 1 singles, 6-0, 3-6, 6-3, to regain a two-point lead.
Florida State seemed to be in good condition, needing just one win to earn the victory, but the Crimson Tide had a different plan. Alabama cut the lead to 3-2, as Alina Mihailescu fell at the hands of Alabama’s Koppelle in No. 6 singles, 4-6, 6-4, 1-6. Tantee, playing at the No. 5 position, was defeated by Ashley Bentley of Alabama by scores of 7-6 (3), 1-6, 6-2.
With the score tied at 3-3, the match came down to a battle at the No. 4 position. Junior Cordell and Alabama’s Mary Lord-Andrade split the first two sets. In the third set, Cordell jumped out to an early 3-1 lead. After turning an ankle, Cordell allowed Lord-Andrade to score four unanswered points and take a 5-3 lead late in the match. Cordell was able to battle back, as she tied the score at 5-5. Cordell continued to battle, but could not hang on, as Lord-Andrade was victorious, 6-3, 4-6, 7-5, clinching the Crimson Tide victory.
Florida State will return to action Wednesday, February 26th, when the Seminoles travel to Tampa, Fla. to take on the Bulls of South Florida. The match is scheduled to begin at 2:00 pm.
Final Box Score
#57 Florida State 3
# 30 Alabama 4
No. 1 #50 Anca Dumitrescu (FSU) d. #71 Millie Begovic (UA) 6-0, 3-6, 6-3
No. 2 Mihaela Moldovan (FSU) d. Robin Stephenson (UA) 6-1, 6-2
No. 3 Sophie Cremers (UA) d. Daniela Gheorghe (FSU) 6-3, 6-0
No. 4 Mary Lord-Andrade (UA) d. Brooke Cordell (FSU) 6-3, 4-6, 7-5
No. 5 Ashley Bentley (UA) d. Amber Tantee (FSU) 7-6 (3), 1-6, 6-2
No. 6 Nathalie Koppelle (UA) d. Alina Mihailescu (FSU) 4-6, 6-4, 6-1
Order of finish: 2, 3, 1, 6, 5, 4*
* clinched match
No. 1 Dumitrescu/Moldovan (FSU) d. #38 Begovic/Stephenson (UA) 8-1
No. 2 Gheorghe/ Tantee (FSU) d. Cremers/Bentley (UA) 8-5
No. 3 Cordell/Christina Denny (FSU) d. Koppelle/Melissa Minor (UA) 8-3
Order of finish: 1, 3, 2