Jan. 26, 2001
The Florida State women’s tennis team is getting ready to open the 2001 season at home against Georgia Southern on Saturday at noon at the Scott Speicher Tennis Center. The match-up will mark the sixth meeting between the teams and the 21st ranked Seminoles lead the all-time series against the Lady Eagles 5-0. The Seminoles will be back in action again on Sunday when they face the reigning MEAC Conference champions Bethune-Cookman for the first time ever in a dual match.
This year’s Florida State women’s tennis team returns four starters including junior standout Alida Gallovits, who has played virtually every match for FSU at the No. 1 singles position. Gallovits was impressive in fall play, winning two tournament titles and going 12-2 overall.
“Alida has been extremely focused on her training and has improved several aspects of her game. She is competing very well and I expect her hard work to continue to pay off,” says FSU Head Coach Lise Gregory.
Another player who is ready to step up and lead a team that has made five consecutive trips to the NCAA tournament and finished the 1999-00 season with a 19-7 record is senior Marina Raic. Raic, who has won 46 matches in only two years at FSU, hopes to add more numbers for the Seminoles and make her last season a memorable one.
“Marina is excited about the upcoming season and I think she is determined to go out in style,” Gregory says.
The home opener on Saturday January 27th against Georgia Southern is scheduled to begin at noon. On Sunday January 28th the Florida State women’s tennis team will host Bethune-Cookman College at noon.