May 15, 2004
Nashville, TN – Eighth-year head coach Lise Gregory preached the importance of winning the doubles point to win matches. Florida State is 0-7 this season when they lose the doubles point, with three of the losses by scores of 4-3. That all changed today, during the first round of the NCAA South Regional.
The No. 27 Florida State women’s tennis team lost the doubles point but picked up four of five singles matches to take the victory over the Marshall Thundering Herd to advance to the second round of the 2004 NCAA Division I Women’s Tennis Tournament. FSU will face Vanderbilt on Sunday at 1:00 p.m. on the campus of Vanderbilt University.
Florida State began doubles play amidst a light rain. Senior Anca Dumitrescu (Bucharest, Romania/VCU) and newcomer Lindsay Deason (Fort Myers, FL/Boca Raton Prep) won the first match, playing out of the number two position, besting the Herd’s Sukner and Nzudie by a score of 8-4. The pair have the most wins in doubles this season, picking up their 15th against Marshall.
In the number three position, veteran senior tandem Brooke Cordell (Soddy Daisy, TN/Tennessee) and Christina Denny (Canton, Ohio/Bradenton Academy) fought off a tough Marshall pair in Danielle Hock and Megan Skalsky but ended up dropping the set by a score of 8-6.
With the doubles point on the line, junior Mihaela Moldovan (Bucharest, Romania/Emil Racovita) and freshman Roxanne Clarke (Cape Town, South Africa/Clapham) came back from being down 4-1, to tie the set at 4-4 against Marshall’s Jessica Johnson and Ashley Kroh. The teams battled back and forth until the last two sets when the Thundering Herd picked up the win, to clinch the doubles point, 8-6.
After a 45-minute rain delay between singles and doubles play, the match was moved indoors because of pending weather.
Clarke got the ball rolling with a convincing win at the four slot over Nzudie by a tally of 6-2, 6-2. Clarke picked up her 17th win of the season and put the first points on the board for the Seminoles. Denny followed suit, picking up the singles win in straight sets, 6-4, 6-0. The win brought the senior’s total to 18 on the season, best in her four-year stint as a Seminole. Moldovan continued her streak winning in straight sets, 6-4, 6-2, for her 25th win of the season. The second-year player picked up the win at the number two position.
With the score 3-1 in favor of FSU and three matches playing out on the courts, the team victory depended on a Seminole victory in just one match.
Deason clinched the match for the Garnet and Gold, winning the third set tiebreaker against Joelle Good. Deason cruised through the first set, winning 6-0. By the second set, Good picked up her game, battling the first-year Seminole for the second set, 6-3. With the match on the line, the remaining Tribe members rallied around Deason cheering her to the set victory and team victory, by a final score of 6-0, 3-6, 6-2.
Dumitrescu fought Johnson in the number one position but succumbed 6-1, 6-1. Sophomore Alina Mihailescu (Constanta, Romania/Mircea cel Batran) was up 6-0 after the first set, before the match was suspended (due to tournament style play).
No. 1 Jessica Johnson (MU) d. #34 Anca Dumitrescu (FSU), 6-1, 6-1
No. 2 #49 Mihaela Moldovan (FSU) d. Alice Sukner (MU) 6-4, 6-2
No. 3 Christina Denny (FSU) d. Ashley Kroh (MU) 6-4, 6-0
No. 5 Roxanne Clarke (FSU) d. Lile NZudie (MU) 6-2, 6-2
No. 5 Lindsay Deason (FSU) d. Joelle Good (MU) 6-0, 3-6, 6-2*
No. 6 Alina Mihailescu (FSU) vs. Danielle Hock (MU) DNF
Order of finish: Doubles – 2, 3, 1. Singles – 4, 3, 2, 1, 5*
*- clinched team victory