April 3, 2004
Tallahassee, FL – The Florida State women’s tennis squad (16-5, 6-1 ACC) continued its stellar season, picking up a win against tough, conference rival Georgia Tech (11-7, 4-2 ACC). The Seminoles carried the momentum enough to win the doubles point and three of six singles matches. FSU handed Tech its second consecutive conference loss.
“Georgia Tech is a team we enjoy playing because we know it’s going to be a well-coached, tough match,” said eighth year head coach Lise Gregory. “We’ve played them so many times and have been in so many situations like this, where the win comes down to the last two or three singles matches.”
Florida State started the match slowly, pacing the Yellow Jackets at all three positions. The veteran senior tandem of Brooke Cordell (Soddy Daisy, TN/Tennessee) and Christina Denny (Canton, Ohio/Bradenton Academy) won their match at the number three spot, 8-4 to start in the doubles area. On court two, senior Anca Dumitrescu (Bucharest, Romania/VCU) and Lindsay Deason (St. Petersburg, FL/Boca Raton Prep) sealed the point winning against Tech’s pair of Shosho and Nieto, 8-4.
With the doubles point won, freshman Roxanne Clarke (Cape Town, South Africa/Clapham) and junior Mihaela Moldovan (Bucharest, Romania/Emil Racovita) could have thrown in the towel against the Yellow Jackets’ Grant and Anderson, who had dominated the Tribe 6-1 until that point. FSU did not succumb, running off seven straight games to win in the top spot, 8-6.
Carrying the win from doubles, the Seminoles continued winning, picking up two of three of the first matches to finish. At the number one position, Dumitrescu bested the 43rd-ranked Shosho in straight sets 6-1, 6-1. After a six slot loss by sophomore Alina Mihailescu (Constanta, Romania/Mircea cel Batran) to Nieto, Moldovan posted her 21st singles match win of the season, besting # 82 Anderson. Moldovan struggled early on but charged up, in the middle of the first set to win 6-4, 6-1.
With the team score sitting at 3-1, the momentum shifted towards the visiting Tech team. At the four position, Deason dropped two sets to Silverio, 6-3, 7-5.
Two matches in their third sets were playing out at the same time, both holding each team’s destiny in the balance. After dropping the middle set, Clarke raged back, besting Grant, 7-5, 2-6, 6-2, securing FSU’s sixth conference win. Finishing out on court three, Denny lost only her third match of the season to Stauss in three, tightly-contested sets, 4-6, 6-3, 6-2.
The Seminoles play their final home match of the season, tomorrow, April 4, against the Clemson Tigers at 12:00 p.m.
No. 1 Anca Dumitrescu (FSU) d. #43 Lindsey Shosho (GT) 6-1, 6-1
No. 2 #80 Mihaela Moldovan (FSU) d. #82 Kelly Anderson (GT) 6-4, 6-1
No. 3 Stauss (GT) d. Christina Denny (FSU) 4-6, 6-3, 6-2
No. 4 Silverio (GT) d. Lindsay Deason (FSU) 6-3, 7-5
No. 5 Roxanne Clarke (FSU) d. Sekita Grant (FSU) 7-5, 2-6, 6-2*
No. 6 Nieto (GT) d. Alina Mihailescu (FSU) 6-0, 6-4
Order of finish: Doubles – 3, 1, 2. Singles – 1, 6, 2, 4, 5, 3
*Clinched team victory