March 31, 2005
Tallahassee, Fla. – The No. 32 Florida State women’s tennis team (9-6, 4-2 ACC) face No. 16 North Carolina and No. 10 Duke in North Carolina this weekend. FSU will take on the Tar Heels in Chapel Hill on Saturday, April 2 at 10:00 a.m. before heading to Durham for the contest against the Blue Devils at noon on Sunday, April 3.
This Time, Last Year… The FSU women’s tennis team were apart of a special time in FSU school history. First the Seminole men’s basketball team beat the seventh-ranked Tar Heels and No. 10 Wake Forest in the same week. Then the Florida State women’s basketball team sent No. 2 Duke back to North Carolina with its first loss in 51 ACC games. The weekend after that, the men’s tennis squad joined the club, showing No. 5 Duke a side they hadn’t seen in eight years of conference play – a losing one. On March 26, 2004, the Seminole women’s tennis team primed another top-ranked, ACC school for an upset in Tallahassee. The No. 35 Seminoles (15-4, 5-0 ACC) beat the No. 9 North Carolina Tar Heels, 4-3, at the Scott Speicher Tennis Center in Tallahassee. The Tribe continued their best start in school history, remaining undefeated in the conference with five wins. Florida State, winners of seven straight matches, sat at the top of the conference standings. The last time FSU beat UNC was 2000. It was the first win over a top-10 team in the program’s history. Prior to that, the Tar Heels sent Florida State home after winning 4-0 at the 2003 ACC Championships. The Tribe also lost 6-1 during the regular season.
Just Two Wins Shy… FSU is just two wins shy of tying its conference-best win total of 6 victories. FSU has hit this mark five times since joining the conference in 1992. The seasons are 1994, 1995, 1997, 1999 and 2004. FSU is also tied with Georgia Tech with four league wins this season while ACC newcomer Miami leads everyone with six. Overall, Florida State is fifth in the conference with a .667 winning percentage and a 4-2 record.
Down the stretch… The Seminoles have won four of the last five matches. FSU picked up wins against Virginia Tech, Maryland, Virginia and N.C. State at home before dropping a 5-2 decision to higher-ranked Wake Forest.
Doubles Losses Are Few and Far Between… FSU is 16-2 through six conference matches this season, winning every doubles points in those contests. The Seminoles swept No. 9 Miami on the road and Virginia Tech and Virginia at home. Against the Hurricanes, the then-12th-ranked pair of Moldovan and Deason beat the fourth-best team in the nation, Audrey Banada and Megan Bradley at number one doubles. The lone losses came against Maryland and No. 26 Wake Forest.
Singles Leaders… In conference games, the Seminoles are 25-11 on the singles court, a winning percentage of .694. Moldovan and senior Amberly Tantee (Dana Point, Calif./Futures) have ten of the 25 victories, holding down the top and bottom of the lineup, playing out of the number one and six positions, respectively.
Top-20 Conference Opponents… Florida State will face its fourth and fifth top-20 opponents of the year in No. 16 North Carolina and No. 10 Duke. This season, the Seminoles are still looking for their first win over a top-20 team, with losses to No. 2 Florida, No. 15 Tulane and No. 9 Miami.
Looking Ahead… The Seminoles close out the 2005 regular season with matches at Georgia Tech on April 9 at 11:00 a.m. and Clemson on April 10 at 12:00 p.m.