April 14, 2005
Tallahassee, Fla. – The No. 39 Florida State women’s tennis team (9-10, 4-6 ACC) will close the 2005 regular season with a home match against cross-town rival Florida A&M (7-6, 7-2 MEAC) on Friday, April 15, 2005 at 3:00 p.m. at the Scott Speicher Tennis Center.
Against the Rattlers… FSU is 5-0 all-time against Florida A&M in a series that began in 1982. In the last outing, the Seminoles beat the Rattlers on their home court, 7-0. Current seniors Natalie Tirapelli (St. Petersburg, Fla./Connecticut) and Amberly Tantee (Dana Point, Calif./Futures) won at number two doubles while Tantee went on to take a victory at the number four singles position to secure the season-opening, 7-0 win for the Tribe.
On the Road… The Seminoles ended the conference regular season with matches at No. 8 Georgia Tech and No. 12 Clemson. Florida State put two points on the board against the Yellow Jackets with wins at the number one and three singles positions. Senior Mihaela Moldovan (Bucharest, Romania/Emil Racovita), ranked #17 in the nation, upset #14 Kristi Miller at the top flight, 7-5, 6-2 while sophomore co-captain Roxanne Clarke (Cape Town, South Africa/Clapham) took the win over Kelly Anderson by a final score of 7-5, 7-6 (7-5) .
Doubles Leading the Way… FSU’s number one doubles team of Moldovan and junior Lindsay Deason (Ft. Myers, Fla./Boca Raton Prep) is not only at the top of the lineup but at the top of conference and the nation. The pair, who has 14 victories this season, is ranked third among the league doubles tandems and are rated #11 in the nation. The pair has accumulated five losses over the course of the season and beat some of the best duos in the nation.
Home is Where the Winning Lies… The Seminoles have picked up six of their nine total victories in front of the home crowd at the Scott Speicher Tennis Center. FSU upset No. 33 Alabama at home as well as posted wins over UCF, Virginia Tech, Maryland, Virginia and N.C. State. Two home losses this season have come at the expense of higher-ranked opponents – No. 2 Florida and No. 26 Wake Forest.
ACCs on the Horizon… From April 21-24, the Tribe will be in Cary, N.C. for the 2005 Atlantic Coast Conference Women’s Tennis Championships. Last year, the Seminoles beat Wake Forest 4-2 in the quarterfinals before dropping a 4-1 decision to eventual conference runner-up Duke in the semifinals. The farthest a Tribe team has made it is the finals in 1993 when they lost to Duke 5-0.