Feb. 15, 2005
Tallahassee, Fla. – The No. 34 Florida State women’s tennis team hosts the University of Florida on Wednesday, February 16, 2005 at 5:00 p.m. at the Scott Speicher Tennis Center.
Hyde Takes Home First Win… First-year head coach Jennifer Hyde picked up her first win of her Seminole coaching career with the victory over UCF. FSU swept singles and doubles in the 7-0 win.
Alabama Upset… For the first time since 1991, Florida State beat Alabama. The Tribe, ranked No. 42 after a season-opening loss, took two of three doubles and four singles contests to send the No. 33 Tide home without the team win. In the match, senior Mihaela Moldovan (Bucharest, Romania/Emil Racovita) and junior Lindsay Deason (Ft. Myers, Fla./Boca Raton Prep) defeated #12 Robin Stephenson and Ashley Bentley in the number one position by a score of 9-8 (3). In singles, Moldovan bested the eighth-best player in the nation in Stephenson in two sets, by a final tally of 6-4, 6-4. Team captains sophomore Roxanne Clarke (Cape Town, South Africa/Clapham) and junior Miranda Foley (Cambridge, England/Houston) won at the three and four positions in singles and number two doubles flight to provide the offense needed for the team win.
Moldovan Honored By ACC… Moldovan was named ACC Women’s Tennis Performer of the Week for her play against No. 33 Alabama and UCF this weekend. She went 4-0 in singles and doubles against both teams, including upsets at number one singles and doubles against the Tide. Facing the Golden Knights, she held Kristina Lohmos to two points at No. 1 singles flight.
This Match Last Year… Moldovan upset #32 Julie Rotondi to put the only point on the board for FSU in Gainesville, Fla. The loss to the reigning women’s tennis national champions was only the Seminole’s second of the season.
Match Made in Heaven… The combination of Moldovan and Deason is working well in doubles as they are off to a 3-0 start in doubles this season. The pair, playing out of the number one position, has wins in all three outings including the upset, tiebreaker victory against the Tide. Against UCF, the duo held the Golden Knights number one position team to one point. In the first match of the season, Baylor’s doubles team defaulted due to injury.
Looking Ahead… After the match against the Gators, FSU hits the road for two matches in Louisiana. The Seminoles square off against No. 15 Tulane on Saturday, February 19 at 12:00 p.m. On Sunday, Florida State will face LSU in Baton Rouge at noon.