Sept. 30, 2003
Tallahassee, Fla. – The Florida State women’s tennis team will kick off the fall 2003 campaign with a visit to Tuscaloosa, Ala., to participate in the Roberta Allison Fall Classic from October 3-5, 2003. In addition to the host school Alabama, some of the southern region’s most talented teams will be participating in the event including Auburn, Birmingham, Southern, Louisiana-Monroe, Mississippi State, Tennessee-Chattanooga, Samford and UAB.
The Roberta Allison Fall Classic celebrates the 40th anniversary of Roberta Allison breaking into men’s intercollegiate tennis. In 1963, the Southeastern Conference decided to allow women to compete on men’s varsity athletic teams. Then Alabama head coach Jason Morton discovered Allison and immediately invited her to compete for the men’s tennis team. Allison accepted and went on to a stellar tennis career that included two women’s singles championships and one doubles national title.
After a second round loss to University of North Carolina at the ACC Championships, the Seminole women’s team is burning to open the 2003 season, setting their sights on the ACC Championships and a continuation of postseason success from their prior years. FSU returns a strong core of veterans and experienced newcomers who are expected to make an impact. The Garnet and Gold bring back six of their top singles players and three of their top doubles teams. Top returnees include Anca Dumitrescu who played in the number one position for the entire season and Mihaela Moldovan who was named ITA Rookie Player of the Year for the South Region.