Oct. 22, 2004
Tuscaloosa, Ala. – Seniors Mihaela Moldovan (Bucharest, Romania/Emil Racovita), Natalie Tirapelli (St. Petersburg, FL/Connecticut) and Amberly Tantee (Dana Point, CA/Futures) were successful on the opening day (October 22) of the 2004 NCAA South Region Championships, advancing to the third round of their respective draws. Junior Alina Mihailescu (Constanta, Romania/Emil Racovita) and freshman Tapiwa Marobela (Garborone, Botswana/Clapham) also made it to through two rounds of play in the singles B draw.
Four Tribe members played in the singles A draw with two advancing to the second round and one in round three of the bracket. In singles B, three Seminoles picked up wins in the first two rounds to secure a spot among the final eight.
In singles A action, Moldovan made it through the first two rounds defeating Georgia State’s Anne Breholtz, 6-0 and 6-1 and Julie Von Samson in the second round 6-3 and 6-1 to move on. Junior transfer Miranda Foley (Cambridge, England/Houston) beat Marie France Lord Andrade from USF, 6-3, 6-4 before losing to Chloe Carlotti in the second round, 6-1, 6-4. Sophomore Roxanne Clarke (Cape Town, South Africa/Clapham) lost to Florida’s Alex Liles in straight sets, 6-2, 6-0. Junior Lindsay Deason (Ft. Myers, FL/Boca Raton Prep) lost to Georgia Tech’s Dasha Potapova in the first round 6-2, 6-1.
After a first roundbye, Tantee defeated Belmont’s Rhodes 6-2, 7-6 to secure a spot in the third round of the singles B draw. Tirapelli picked up wins against Belmont’s Elizabeth Conyer and UAB’s Antonia Nugent to join Tantee in that bracket.
Mihailescu won her second match of the fall tournament season, besting Magdi Rekasi from MSU in the second round, 6-1, 7-6. Marobela bested Zeynap Gurkaynak 6-1, 6-0 to join her teammates in the third round.
Freshman Yana Stoeva (Vratsa, Bulgaria/St. Kliment Ohridski) beat April Bradley from Belmont in the first round of the singles B draw in straight sets, 6-2, 6-1. The rookie fought South Alabama’s Ana Rupic in the second round before losing 6-1, 7-6.
In doubles A, Clarke and Deason were successful in doubles winning 8-5 over the Yellow Jackets’ Anderson and Shosho. Moldovan and Foley narrowly lost in the first round to Alabama’s Day and Muller, 8-6.
Tantee and Marobela along with Mihailescu and Tirapelli received first round byes in the doubles B draw, joining 14 teams in the next round.
The Seminoles continue tomorrow with day two of the four day championship tournament.