Feb. 18, 2005
Tallahassee, Fla. – The No. 34 Florida State women’s tennis team (2-2) hits the road for the first time this season to take on No. 15 Tulane and LSU. FSU is coming off two big wins over the weekend against UCF and No. 33 Alabama as well as a loss to the second-ranked Gators. In the matches, the top flight in singles and doubles has come out on the winning end, going 6-0 over the last three contests.
Fighting the Gators… The Seminoles won two matches (one in singles and in doubles) against one of the best teams in the nation – No. 2 Florida Gators. In doubles, junior Lindsay Deason (Ft. Myers, Fla./Boca Raton Prep) and senior Mihaela Moldovan (Bucharest, Romania/Emil Racovita) upended the third-ranked doubles team in the nation in Whitney Benik and Lolita Frangulyan, 8-5. In singles, Moldovan continued to roll, fighting Jennifer Magley for the super tiebreaker win at the number one singles flight by a final tally of 5-7, 7-5 (11-9).
Louisiana, Here We Come… The Tribe heads to Louisiana for a two-match, road trip against the Green Wave and the Tigers. Last season’s matches had the same score and outcome for the Noles, who dropped both contests by a score of 4-3. Against LSU, FSU dropped their first match at home and third in a row, after opening the season with six straight victories. For the second consecutive season, the Seminoles relied on the doubles victor to determine the winner of the Tulane match-up. The teams split singles in 2003 and 2004 allowing the doubles point to be the determining factor in the two losses.
Moldovan Honored By ACC… Moldovan was named ACC Women’s Tennis Performer of the Week for her play against No. 33 Alabama and UCF this past weekend. She went 4-0 in singles and doubles against both teams, including upsets at number one singles and doubles against the Tide. Facing the Golden Knights, she held Kristina Lohmos to two points at No. 1 singles flight. Against Alabama, the 2004 CoSIDA Academic All-American defeated #12 Robin Stephenson and Ashley Bentley in the number one position by a score of 9-8 (3). In singles, Moldovan bested the eighth-best player in the nation in Stephenson in two sets, by a final tally of 6-4, 6-4.
Undefeated Doubles Leads Tribe… The No. 1 flight doubles duo of Deason and Moldovan are on fire this season – going 4-0 to start the season. That record includes two big wins over two top-15 doubles teams – third-ranked Gators tandem of Whitney Benik and Lolita Frangulyan, 8-5 and #12 Robin Stephenson and Ashley Bentley by a score of 9-8 (3).
Looking Ahead… After the match against the Tigers, FSU heads to Tampa, Fla., for a match against the USF Bulls on March 2 at 2:00 p.m. After that, the Seminoles travel to the west coast for a contest at San Diego and San Diego State.