Oct. 29, 2004
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
After three matches all over the country to start the fall portion of its schedule, the Florida State University women’s tennis team finally got to compete on home soil as it played host to the 2004 Lady Seminole Classic. Being at home definitely paid off for the Seminoles as they advances all four singles entries and both doubles teams on Friday (Oct. 28).
Florida State’s highest seeded player, Lindsay Deason (Fort Myers, Fla.) was the only Seminole to get pushed to three sets. The junior beat South Florida’s Liz Cruz 6-4, 0-6, 6-1. Winning in number three singles was Amberly Tantee (Dana Point, Calif.) as she took down Anna Leonenko of Stetson, 6-0, 6-0.
Advancing in at number four five singles was senior Natalie Tirapelli (St. Petersburg, Fla.) with her 6-4, 6-1 win over Valerie Kendrick of Bethune Cookman. The fourth Seminole to win her singles match was Yana Stoeva (Vratza, Bulgaria). Playing in the number six flight, she took down Bethune Cookman’s Shaunda Gaiter 6-0, 6-1.
Florida State has a chance to claim the number two doubles title on Saturday. Deason and Stoeva teamed up for a pair of wins on Friday to put them in the flight championship match. The duo started off with an 8-3 win over Stetson’ Leonenko and Marina Levin before beating Dora Bechilwanis and Marta Bechilwanis of Virginia 8-2.
Also winning a pair of matches in doubles play was Tantee and Tirapelli in the third flight. The senior tandem beat Anita Abad and Asha Jaja of Florida A&M 8-3 in the first round before posting an 8-4 victory against Jacki Bohannon and Jennifer Wisnoski of Stetson.
Play continues on Saturday at the Scott Speicher Tennis Center with semifinal and finals of singles, as well as the title matches in doubes.