Feb. 15, 2004
Tallahassee – The No. 54 Florida State women’s tennis (6-1) team lost its first match of season to No. 32 Alabama (1-2) by a score of 5-2 in Tuscaloosa on Sunday afternoon.
FSU began the afternoon with the doubles area, dropping all three matches for the first time this year. At the number one position, junior Mihaela Moldovan (Bucharest, Romania/Emil Racovita) and rookie Roxanne Clarke (Cape Town, South Africa/Clapham) lost to Alabama’s Robin Stephenson and Ashley Bentley, 8-3. Newcomer Lindsay Deason (St.Petersburg, FL/Boca Raton Prep) and senior Anca Dumitrescu (Bucharest, Romania/VCU) fought Nathalie Kopelle and Melissa Minor at the two spot, losing 8-5 allowing Alabama to secure the doubles point. Senior tandem Christina Denny (Canton, Ohio/Bradenton Academy) and Brooke Cordell (Soddy Daisy, TN/Tennessee) lost the third match of the day to Millie Begovic and Mari Muller, 8-3.
In singles, the Seminoles could not overcome the loss in doubles at the number one and three spots. Dumitrescu, sitting at No. 63 in the country, could not overcome Alabama’s Stephenson, losing 6-2, 6-1. Denny, who had not been down all season, lost to Bentley, 6-2, 6-1.
Posting one of two wins on the afternoon, No. 79 Moldovan won the first match 6-4 and was down 5-2 in the second set before losing the set 6-4. In the tiebreaker, the reigning NCAA South Region Rookie of the Year, held the lead 4-2 and went on to win 6-4 at the number two singles position. At the number five position, Clarke recorded the other point for FSU, winning the first match 6-4. The freshman was down in the second set 4-1 before forcing a third set tiebreaker with the 3-6 loss. Clarke went up 5-0 in the set eventually finishing the match 6-4, 3-6, 6-1.
Deason lost to Begovic, after winning the first set, 6-4. The final tally was 4-6, 6-4, 7-5 to secure the win for Alabama. Sophomore Alina Mihailescu (Constanta, Romania/Mircea cel Batran) was defeated in two sets by Muller, 6-3, 6-4.
The match connected current Alabama head coach Jenny Mainz with a very familiar FSU program. Mainz was an assistant coach with the Seminoles from 1993-95.
The Tribe will head to Gainesville, FL to play No. 1 Florida on Wednesday, February 18, 2004. The match is a 5:00 p.m. start.
No. 1 Robin Stephenson (UA) d. Anca Dumitrescu (FSU), 6-2, 6-1
No. 2 Mihaela Moldovan (FSU) d. Nathalie Koppelle (UA) 6-4, 4-6, 6-4
No. 3 Ashley Bentley (UA) d. Christina Denny (FSU), 6-2, 6-1
No. 4 Millie Begovic (UA) d. Lindsay Deason (FSU), 6-4, 2-6, 7-5
No. 5 Roxanne Clarke (FSU) d. Melissa Minor (UA), 6-4, 3-6, 6-1
No. 6 Mari Muller (UA) d. Alina Mihailescu (FSU), 6-3, 6-4