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Florida State Women’s Tennis Suffers First Loss Of Season

Feb. 1, 2003




NEW ORLEANS, La. –
The Florida State women’s tennis team suffered their first loss of the season at the hands of the Tulane Green Wave. After dominating their first four matches of the season, the Seminoles struggled against Tulane. The Green Wave defeated the Tribe by a score of 4-3.


Tulane got on the board first as they won two of three matches in doubles play. Anca Dumitrescu and Daniela Gheorghe fell in No. 1 doubles to Julie Smekodub and Jenny Kuhn of Tulane, 8-3. At the No. 2 position, Christina Denny and Mihaela Moldovan of Florida State outlasted Nancy Kockott and Maria Ivanov of Tulane, 8-6. The Green Wave got another win at the No. 3 position, as Anna Maria Saaibi and Erika Valdes beat Amber Tantee and Brooke Cordell by a score of 8-4.


Florida State’s Dumitrescu led the way for the Seminoles in singles action as she overpowered 10th-ranked Smekodub at the No. 1 position by scores of 6-2, 6-4. In No. 2 singles, Moldovan of Florida State upset the 101st-ranked Kuhn of Tulane, 6-2, 6-2. At the No. 3 position, Gheorghe continued to be successful, as she knocked off Ivanov of Tulane by scores of 6-4, 6-4. The Green Wave earned wins at the fourth, fifth and sixth positions. Valdes beat Denny of Florida State in No. 4 singles, 6-3, 6-3. In No. 5 singles, Saaibi outlasted Florida State’s Cordell by scores of 6-2, 3-6, 6-1. Kockott beat Tantee in No. 6 singles, 2-6, 6-3, 6-3.


The Seminoles will return to action on Sunday, February 2, 2002, when Florida State travels to Baton Rouge, La. to take on the Tigers of LSU.


Box Score
#41 Tulane 4
#50 Florida State 3


Singles
No. 1 – Anca Dumitrescu (FSU) def. Julie Smekodub (TU) FSU 6-2, 6-4
No. 2 – Mihaela Moldovan (FSU) def. Jenny Kuhn (TU) FSU 6-2, 6-2
No. 3 – Daniela Gheorge (FSU) def. Maria Ivanov (TU) FSU 6-4, 6-4
No. 4 – Erika Valdes (TU) def. Christina Denny (FSU) TU 6-3, 6-3
No. 5 – Anna Maria Saaibi (TU) def. Brooke Cordell (FSU) TU 6-2, 3-6, 6-1
No. 6 – Nancy Kockott (TU) def. Amberly Tantee (FSU) TU 2-6, 6-3, 6-3


Doubles
No. 1 – Smekodub/Kuhn (TU) def. Dumitrescu/Gheorge (FSU) TU 8-3
No. 2 – Denny/Moldovan (FSU) def. Kockott/Ivanov (TU) FSU 8-6
No. 3 – Saaibi/Valdes (TU) def. Tantee/Cordell (FSU) TU 8-4

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