March 6, 2004
Tallahassee – The Florida State women’s tennis squad (8-4) lost to the No. 27 Tulane Green Wave at the Scott Speicher Tennis Center in Tallahassee, FL on Saturday afternoon. In 2003, the Seminoles faced a similar situation in which the teams split the singles matches and depended on the doubles victor to decide the winner.
“With some losses, you’re upset. But with this one, they did a great job and put forth a great effort. I’m disappointed because we were so close but I’m definitely pleased with our execution,” said eighth year head coach Lise Gregory.
With rain delaying the match start time for an hour, Florida State and Tulane elected to start with singles. Senior leader Anca Dumitrescu (Bucharest, Romania/VCU) put the first points on the scoreboard for Florida State beating Maria Ivanov 6-4, 4-6, 6-1. Senior Christina Denny (Canton, Ohio/Bradenton) put the Seminoles ahead 2-1 with a win over Darya Ivanov at the three spot in straight sets 6-4, 6-4.
After a tough loss by newcomer Lindsay Deason (St. Petersburg, FL/Boca Raton Prep) at the No. 4 position, the match came down to courts four and six, with sophomore Alina Mihailescu (Constanta, Romania/Mircea cel Batran) and junior Mihaela Moldovan (Bucharest, Romania/Emil Racovita). Tulane’s Ana Saaiba barely edged Mihailescu in three sets, 6-3, 3-6, 6-3.
Moldovan riding an eleven-match win streak was down 4-3 in the third set with FSU’s fate in her hands. The reigning NCAA South Region Rookie of the Year raged back to put three straight games on the board taking the set and extending the Seminole life to the doubles matches.
In the doubles area, Florida State lost two of three matches, surrendering the point and the win to Tulane. At the number one position, freshman Roxanne Clarke (Cape Town, South Africa/Clapham) and Moldovan faced Nancy Kockett and Dorottya Magas in the loss 8-5. Dumitrescu and Deason dropped the contest at the two spot 8-2 against Maria Ivanov and Jenny Kuhn.
The lone doubles win for the Tribe came at the number three position which pitted senior Brooke Cordell (Soddy Daisy, TN/Tennessee) and Denny against Darya Ivanov and Ana Saaibi. The senior tandem finished the day on top, winning 8-4.
The Seminoles return to the court Monday to play Michigan State continuing their stretch of four matches in six days. First serve is set for 12:00 p.m. The fourth and final contest of the homestand is Florida State versus Penn State on Wednesday, March 10 at noon. The Tribe then opens up ACC Conference action at Maryland on Mar. 13.
No. 1 Anca Dumitrescu (FSU) d. Maria Ivanov (TUL) 6-4, 4-6, 6-1
No. 2 #47 Mihaela Moldovan (FSU) d. Jenny Kuhn (TUL) 4-6, 6-3, 6-4
No. 3 Christina Denny (FSU) d. Darya Ivanov (TUL) 6-4, 6-4
No. 4 Dorottya Magas (TUL) d. Lindsay Deason (FSU) 7-6(5), 6-2
No. 5 Nancy Kockett (TUL) d. Roxanne Clarke (FSU) 6-3, 6-1
No. 6 Ana Saaiba (TUL) d. Alina Mihailescu (FSU) 6-3, 3-6, 6-3