March 23, 2000
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — The 20th-ranked Florida State Lady Seminoles
head into a weekend full of ACC tennis that will help determine their
position in the conference. FSU plays North Carolina (#51) on Friday, Wake
Forest (#3) on Saturday and North Carolina State on Sunday.
Florida State heads into the weekend with a 2-0 record in the
conference. FSU defeated Maryland and Virginia (#40) last weekend on the
road by a combined score of 16-2. Leading the way for the Lady Seminoles
has been senior Kia Asberg. Asberg is riding a 12-match winning streak and
has won 13 of 15 dual matches this season. Last season, Asberg led the
team in dual match wins with 24 and along with teammate Marina Raic set a
team record of 15 straight wins.
Sophomore Alida Gallovits is ranked 85th in the country and plays
both No. 1 singles and No. 1 doubles for FSU. Gallovits has won three
consecutive singles matches and in doubles, her and junior Nanette Duxin
are currently maintaining a three-match winning streak. Duxin also enters
Friday’s match with North Carolina on a three-match tear in singles as
well. Duxin, Gallovits and sophomore Marina Raic are each 10-5 in dual
matches this spring and senior Ali Weber has provided some consistency at
the No. 5 and No. 6 positions, winning eight of 13 matches at those
positions this year.
Florida State finished in third place in the ACC last season and
the matchup with Wake Forest on Saturday will be a rematch of last year’s
conference tournament semifinal match. Wake has three players ranked in
the top 40 including one in the top five, freshman Adria Engel (#5). The
Demon Deacons are tied for first place in the conference with perennial
power Duke. Duke and Wake Forest have been 1-2 in the conference since
1994 when Florida State finished second to the Blue Devils.
Following this weekend’s road trip, FSU will return home for a
four-match homestand that will close out the regular season. The Lady
Seminoles will host the Duke Blue Devils (#11) in their first match back on
Wednesday, March 29. The match is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. at the Scott
Speicher Tennis Center in Tallahassee, Fla.