March 25, 2004
Tallahassee – The Florida State women’s tennis squad (14-4, 4-0 ACC) returns home after two convincing Atlantic Coast Conference road wins in North Carolina. The Seminoles beat N.C. State and #38 Wake Forest to move to 4-0 in the league, going into this weekend’s matches.
Seminoles Against the Tar Heels
FSU is 12-12 all-time against North Carolina with the last Tribe victory coming in 2000 by a score of 5-2. In 2003, the Tribe lost in the regular season 6-1 and the first round of the ACC Tournament, 4-0. The Seminoles were lead in singles action by junior Amberly Tantee (Dana Point, CA/Futures), who knocked off Tanja Markovic of North Carolina by scores of 7-6, 7-6 to put the only points on the board for the Seminoles.
FSU vs. Duke
The Blue Devils hold the 1-17 advantage against the Tribe since starting play in 1983 under then-head coach Anne Rizza. In 2003, the Garnet and Gold lost the home-match against Duke, 6-1. The Seminoles were once again led by Tantee in singles action when she defeated Julie Smith at the No. 3 position, 6-1, 6-4.
Seminoles Career Seasons
Senior Christina Denny (Canton, Ohio/Bradenton) and junior Mihaela Moldovan (Bucharest, Romania/Emil Racovita) are having career springs in singles matches. Denny, who is in the midst of a ten match consecutive win streak, has 15 wins, tying her 2001-02 dual match, single season high. Senior Anca Dumitrescu (Bucharest, Romania/VCU) is two wins away from tying her spring season, dual match season-high. Currently, Dumitrescu sits at 13 singles matches wins.
Moldovan Undefeated in Singles’ Season
Junior Mihaela Moldovan (Bucharest, Romania/Emil Racovita) has 18 wins in singles matches in 2004. The reigning NCAA South Region Rookie of the Year has yet to lose a match including big wins over higher ranked Tulane (No. 27), LSU (No.44), Maryland (No. 50), Virginia (No. 43), Wake Forest (No. 38) and defending national champion Florida (No. 2). Moldovan upset the Gators’ #32 Julie Rotondi, playing out of the number two position, 4-6, 7-5, 10-6. The second-year student-athlete set the school record for most consecutive matches win and now is in the top ten singles season records.
Setting ACC History
The 2004 Florida State women’s tennis squad is winning in and out of the conference. The Tribe, riding a six-match win streak, currently sit in first place in the conference with four wins. The win streak is the second longest this season, with Duke and UNC in first place with nine consecutive victories.