March 17, 2005
Tallahassee, Fla. – The No. 34 Florida State women’s tennis team (6-5, 1-1 ACC) hosts the University of Maryland Terrapins at the Scott Speicher Tennis Center on Friday, March 18, 2004 at 2:00 p.m. On Sunday, the Seminoles square off against Virgnia.
A Little About the Terps… This meeting is the second time this academic year that FSU has faced Maryland. The two teams squared off in the Georgia Tech Invitational in November with FSU taking four of seven singles matches in the three-day meet. In doubles, rookies Tapiwa Marobela and Yana Stoeva held Brooke Rogers and Julia Graca to one game in an 8-1 victory.
Hyde Takes Home First Win… First-year head coach Jennifer Hyde picked up her first ACC conference win of her Seminole coaching career with the victory over Virginia Tech on Monday, March 14. The former Seminole student-athlete took her first FSU victory with the win over UCF on February 11. FSU swept singles and doubles in both matches for final scores of 7-0.
Moldovan on the Rise… Mihaela Moldovan is quietly moving up the list of of career leaders. She is currently tied for seventh on the all-time career singles wins list with Kirsten Turk at 67, a number that includes the 17 wins she picked up this year. She is also seventh on the list of career overall wins with 126 (67 singles, 59 doubles).
Senior Day against the Hokies… The class of 2005 had a big day against ACC newcomer Virginia Tech. Moldovan picked up her eighth singles win and ninth doubles victory of the season. Senior Amberly Tantee was one-half of a doubles duo that held a VT pair to just one game in the match. Upperclassmen Natalie Tirapelli stepped into the lineup in her first singles match this season and produced a big win that helped FSU stop a two-game losing streak.
Doubles in the ACC… FSU is 6-0 in conference doubles this season, sweeping No. 9 Miami on the road and winning at home against Virginia Tech. 12th-ranked pair of Moldovan and Deason beat the fourth-best team in the nation in the Hurricanes’ Audrey Banada and Megan Bradley at number one doubles. There are only two teams in the league who have yet to lose a doubles match – Maryland who is 3-0 and Virginia, who has yet to start conference play.