March 10, 2005
Tallahassee, Fla. – The No. 33 Florida State women’s tennis team (5-3) continues its road trip with two matches in south Florida. First, the Seminoles face No. 9 Miami in their Atlantic Coast Conference season opener on Friday, March 11 at 6:00 p.m. The next day (Saturday), FSU heads to FIU for a 2:00 p.m. first serve.
ACC Opener… The match against Miami is the conference opener for FSU and the first league tilt of head coach Jennifer Hyde’s career. The contest is also the first ACC home contest for Miami, who’s beat league newcomer Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Va., in its conference debut. FSU is 2-13 all-time against the Hurricanes with the last win coming in 2000.
Deason Saves the Day… In three consecutive road victories, the Seminoles won 4-3, thanks to back-to-back, match-clinching performances by Lindsay Deason. After Moldovan won at number one singles against USF, Deason took her cue and picked up singles wins against San Diego and No. 25 San Diego State to help FSU go 2-0 while in California.
When the Noles Win Doubles, the Noles Win… If FSU takes two of three doubles matches, it is almost guaranteed that the Seminoles will celebrate at the end of the day. Florida State has picked up the first points of the day in six of eight matches this year. The Tribe is 5-1 this season when they win doubles, with the lone loss coming against Baylor in the season opener by a score of 4-3.
Number One Doubles Leads the Way… Mihaela Moldovan and Lindsay Deason are paving the way in doubles with a 6-2 record this season and a #12 ranking. The tandem has wins over two teams ranked in the top-12 in the nation – the third-ranked Gators duo of Whitney Benik and Lolita Frangulyan, 8-5 and #12 Robin Stephenson and Ashley Bentley by a score of 9-8 (3). The pair first entered the ITA ranking on February 22, coming in at #8 in the country.
One On One… #18 Mihaela Moldovan will face the number one player in the nation on Friday, Miami’s Megan Bradley. Moldovan leads the team with six wins in eight contests including upset victories over #8 Robin Stephenson of Alabama and #11 Jennifer Magley of No. 2 Florida. Moldovan has been ranked as high as #16 this season.
Extended Spring Break… The Seminoles are spending their spring break in the midst of a stretch of five consecutive matches away from Tallahassee. FSU played at USF on March 2 then flew to San Diego, Calif., for two matches before heading to South Florida for contests against Miami and FIU. This schedule is working to FSU’s advantage as the Tribe is currently 3-0 heading into Friday night’s match at No. 9 Miami.
Looking Ahead… FSU returns home for a Monday (March 14) afternoon match against Virginia Tech at noon. The Seminoles host Maryland on March 18 at 2:00 p.m.