Sept. 27, 2002
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida State women’s tennis team began their fall season on Friday as they hosted the Lady Seminole Fall Classic. Anca Dumitrescu and Christina Denny moved on in the Singles A Draw, while Alina Mihailescu, Meredith Fish and Amberly Tantee advanced in the B Draw. One Lady Seminole newcomer, Natalie Tirapelli, advanced to the semifinals in the Singles C Draw as the No. 1 seed.
Dumitrescu took a bye into round two as the No.1 seed in the Singles A Draw before defeating Bruna Discordia from FIU 6-0, 7-5. Tennessee transfer Brooke Cordell won her first match as a Seminole, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4, before falling in three sets (3-6, 6-1, 6-1) to Kentucky’s Amy Trefethen. The Lady Seminoles strong showing didn’t stop there as Denny breezed through her match with Veronika Subertova of Jacksonville 6-2, 6-2.
Senior, Beth Lawrence took the only loss on the day for the Seminoles as Talia Romero from USF won the first round match by a score of 7-6, 4-6, 6-4.
Fish probably had the most dominating performance on the afternoon for the Lady Seminoles. Meredith downed Stetson’s Marina Levin (6-0, 6-0) to move into the quarterfinals of Singles B Draw. Florida State will have three players in quarterfinal action on Saturday as Mihailescu and Tantee also moved on in the Singles B Draw.
In the Singles C Draw, Natalie Tirapelli was the only Lady Seminole in action. Tirapelli received a bye in round one and defeated Kristina Puck of Jacksonville 6-2, 6-0 to advance to the semifinals.
The Lady Seminoles didn’t fair as well in doubles competition as three of the four tandems fell in defeat. Daniela Gheorghe and Lawrence are the last remaining doubles pair and will see action Saturday afternoon. Times have not yet been set.
Florida State will begin play at 9 a.m with Denny, while Dumitrescu, Tantee, Fish and Mihailescu will all start at 9:30 a.m. The times for the later matches will be announced tomorrow. The Seminole Fall Classic will continue throughout the weekend at the Scott Speicher Tennis Center. Action begins again Saturday morning at 8 a.m.