May 12, 2000
GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The No. 22 Florida State women’s tennis team
to the second round of the NCAA Tournament with a 5-3 win Friday over the
University of Illinois. The win was the first in the NCAA Tournament in
the history of the FSU women’s tennis program. Florida State will face the
winner of the Florida/Bethune-Cookman match on Saturday, May 13th at 4 p.m.
FSU’s match against the 36th-ranked Fighting Illini on Friday
lasted nearly five hours as players from both teams battled the intense
heat. Florida State went down by two early in the singles portion of the
match as Illinois took both points at the No. 4 and No. 5 positions.
Florida State answered right back with Alida Gallovits‘ win at No. 1
singles finishing just moments after Illinois took their second point.
Gallovits, who is ranked No. 48 in the country, defeated Illinois’ Eldina
Fazlic 6-3, 6-2.
With the score 2-1 in favor of Illinois, FSU’s Kia Asberg broke
Illinois’ Brooke Ferney to go up 5-4 in the second set on court No. 3.
Asberg, who had won the first set 6-3, served out the match to even the
score at 2-2. FSU’s Nanette Duxin would then come-from-behind in the
second set tiebreaker to win her match and put FSU on top, 3-2. Duxin
defeated Illinois’ Simone Kung 6-2, 7-6 and 7-5 in the tiebreaker. Kung
was winning the tiebreaker 5-2 at one point.
The match’s focus then moved to court No. 6 where FSU’s Ali Weber
was battling Illinois’ Natalia Manasova. Each player looked physically
exhausted as their match approached the three hour mark. Weber was
attempting to overcome a season-long shoulder injury as well as the intense
heat that was beginning to cause her to cramp up. Manasova would win the
battle 7-6(5), 5-7, 7-5 to draw the match even at three heading into
In doubles, FSU scored quickly and was leading in all three of the
matches early. The FSU tandem of Jessica Balbuena and Weber moved the Lady
Seminoles one point closer to victory with an 8-4 win at No. 3 over the
Illini’s Manasova and Carla Rosenberg. Balbuena had battled through an
illness that forced her to miss three of the team’s last five workouts
before the match.
With FSU one point away from clinching the match, the doubles
matches on courts No. 1 and No. 2 were getting closer. FSU led 6-3 on
court No. 1 and the match was tied at four on court No. 2. The FSU duo of
Gallovits and Duxin put away the Illini’s Ferney and Natascha Loebnitz at
No. 1, 8-4, to give FSU its first ever NCAA Tournament victory.
“I think the team felt so bad for Ali after she lost that the team
just wanted to win for her,” said FSU head coach Lise Greogry. “Ali gave
everything she had out there like she always does and she just didn’t have
enough left at the end. She played excellent today even though she lost.
Ali is the epitome of bravery.”
Florida State improves to 17-8 on the season while Illinois
finishes the year
with a record of 12-13.
No. 22 Florida State 5 No. 36 Illinois 3
No. 1 #48 Alida Gallovits (FSU) d. Eldina Fazlic (UI) 6-3, 6-2
No. 2 Nanette Duxin (FSU) d. Simone Kung (UI) 6-2, 7-6(5)
No. 3 Kia Asberg (FSU) d. Brooke Ferney (UI) 6-3, 6-4
No. 4 Natascha Loebnitz (UI) d. Jessica Balbuena (FSU) 6-2, 6-3
No. 5 Carla Rosenberg (UI) d. Marina Raic (FSU) 6-2, 6-0
No. 6 Natalia Manasova (UI) d. Ali Weber (FSU) 7-6(5), 5-7, 7-5
No. 1 Duxin/Gallovits (FSU) d. Ferney/Loebnitz (UI) 8-4
No. 2 Asberg/Raic (FSU) vs. Kung/Webb (UI) 5-6, suspended
No. 3 Balbuena/Weber (FSU) d. Manasova/Rosenberg (UI) 8-3