Nov. 8, 2003
Tallahassee – The Florida State women’s tennis team completed the second of the three day Lady Seminole Classic tournament at the Scott Speicher Tennis Center today with the Seminoles in all four main draw finals matches.
Seniors Anca Dumitrescu and Christina Denny will face Houston’s Biljana Dimovska and Pam Fernandez from UCF, respectively, tomorrow morning. Junior Natalie Tirapelli and freshman Roxanne Clarke will pair off in doubles B action, while juniors Daniela Gheorghe and Amberly Tantee will finish the doubles A bracket. Gheorghe and Tantee advanced to the finals after beating fellow FSU pair junior Mihaela Moldovan and Dumitrescu.
“Our doubles have been something we’ve worked on a lot this past week. We didn’t play to our potential (at the USF Invite) because we weren’t being aggressive. We worked on that and got better in (doubles),” said head coach Lise Gregory
Dumitrescu beat UCF’s Julie Pescataing in the quarterfinals 6-1, 6-2 to go on to the semifinals and play Jacksonville’s Emese Sulyos in the singles A bracket. The Bucharest, Romania native won 6-0, 6-4 advancing to the singles A finals.
Denny had a strong two days, holding opponents scoreless in four of six matches and fewer than three points for the entire tournament. The Canton, Ohio native advanced to the finals after besting Stetson’s Sophie Hartog 6-2, 6-0 and USF’s Patricia Kolendo 6-3, 6-2.
“For Chris, I wanted her to get a lot of matches this fall season to build her confidence. Our main goals were for her to get confidence and that’s happened. With her success today, we’ve gotten what we wanted,” said Gregory.
In singles consolation rounds, Tirapelli defeated Houston’s Sandra Blajer 6-1, 6-1 earning a spot in the singles B round. Sophomore Alina Mihailescu won over FAMU’s Brown 6-2, 6-0 in singles second round consolation while Gheorghe lost to UCF’s Pam Fernandez 6-2, 6-2 in the quarterfinals. Senior Nicole Cercone won the middle set of a three game loss in the quarterfinals, 6-2, 2-6, 6-3.
Action begins at 9 a.m. with singles and doubles finals matches in the main draw all consolation rounds to wrap up day three and the Lady Seminole Classic.
* Note: The final round of the singles A consolation round (Westin – UCF vs. Lohmos – UCF) will be played in Orlando, FL at a later date.