Feb. 25, 2004
Tallahassee – The Florida State women’s tennis team (6-3) will invite the South Florida Bulls (2-3) to Tallahassee, FL, on Thursday, February 26, 2004 at 2:00 p.m. at the Scott Speicher Tennis Center.
Moldovan, previously ranked 79th on the ITA Women’s Singles list, moved up to No. 47 after upsetting then-No. 32 Julie Rotondi from second-ranked and defending national champion Florida. In the loss, Moldovan put points on the board for Florida State, besting Rotondi 4-6, 7-5, 10-6.
In the last outing, the Tribe dropped a tightly-contested match to LSU, 4-3. The Seminoles lost for the first time at home in the 2004 season and third straight loss overall.
FSU fought hard in the doubles area but dropped three close matches allowing LSU to take the doubles point. With the Seminoles needing four singles wins, senior Anca Dumitrescu (Bucharest, Romania/VCU) got the ball rolling at the number one spot, winning in straight sets, 6-0, 6-1 over Jessica Ferguson. Senior Christina Denny (Canton, Ohio/Bradenton), who was up 5-0 in the second set before giving up two quick points, put the second point on the board for the Seminoles, winning, 6-2, 6-2.
Florida State’s fate lay in the hands of the number two and six positions, both playing out simultaneously. Junior Mihaela Moldovan (Bucharest, Romania/Emil Racovita), the reigning NCAA South Region Rookie of the Year, defeated Mang 6-2, 7-6(7-4) at the number two position to give the Seminoles their third point. Junior Amberly Tantee (Dana Point, CA/Futures) came within two points of sending the match to a third set tiebreaker but an unforced error gave Seaman the singles point and LSU the win, five minutes prior to Moldovan’s win.
Florida State holds the advantage in this series against the Bulls dating back to 1981, 20-10. The last time the two teams met was in Tampa, Fl, in 2003 when the Noles used the match to bounce back from losses to Florida and Alabama. The Tribe gained momentum after earning the first point of the day in doubles and went on to sweep the Bulls in singles. Moldovan defeated Fabiana Taverna of South Florida at the No. 1 position by scores of 6-0, 6-1 while Dumitrescu, the Tribe’s regular first position starter, sat out due to injury.
The Seminoles are 22-22 all-time against Conference USA. The first meeting on record between the C-USA and Florida State was in 1982 when the Noles defeated TCU 6-3 for their third win of the season. Two matches later, the Tribe and the Bulls faced off, with FSU emerging victorious in a 5-4 win. The last win aginst the conference came this season, with Florida State winning at UAB, 7-0.