February 3, 2000 - by
FSU Women’s Tennis Takes To The Road For Two Weekend Matches

Feb. 3, 2000


TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — The Florida State women’s tennis team will make
its first road trip of the season this weekend when it heads to Nashville,
Tenn. The 19th-ranked Lady Seminoles will meet the No. 16 Commodores on
Friday afternoon and then the Lady Noles will have to regroup quickly to
face the 36th-ranked Hawkeyes on Saturday morning.

FSU won its first match of the year this past Saturday against
Georgia Southern 9-0. Vanderbilt is 2-0 with wins over Middle Tennessee
and Rice. Many of the players from the two teams have met already this
year at the Lady Seminole Fall Classic back in October. At that event, FSU
sophomore Alida Gallovits defeated Vanderbilt’s Julie Ditty in the
semifinals en route to claiming the Seminole Classic title. Ditty at the
time was ranked No. 8 in the country. Gallovits is one of two Lady
Seminoles that have won 10 matches already this year. Senior Kia Asberg
won her 10th match of the year in the Lady Seminoles first match of the
spring dual match season. Two other Lady Seminoles have won eight matches
so far this year, Ali Weber and Jessica Balbuena.

Currently, the Commodores have three ranked players and two ranked
doubles teams. Julie Ditty (#95), Jenny Miller (#91) and Sarah Riske (#65)
are a combined 3-1 after Vanderbilt’s first two matches. Miller has yet to
play in the spring but had a 6-3 record this past fall. The doubles team
of Blumberg and Burson are 6-1 and currently ranked No. 7 in the nation by
the ITA. Vanderbilt’s Ditty and Riske are the 47th-ranked doubles team in
the country.

Iowa will enter Saturday’s match against Florida State with a
record of 1-0. The Hawkeyes beat DePaul in their first match, 8-1. The
Hawkeyes and Seminoles met in last year’s first round of the NCAA
Tournament. The higher-seeded Lady Seminoles lost 5-4 in a match that
ended their best season in 17 years. The Lady Hawkeyes are led by
sophomore Toni Neykova and senior Shera Wiegler. The tandem was invited to
compete in the NCAA doubles championships last May.

The action begins for the Lady Seminoles on Friday at noon and on
Saturday at 11:00 a.m. After the two-match weekend road trip the Lady
Noles will hit the road again next week to face the Florida Gators and
Auburn Tigers. The next home match for Florida State will be on February
18th at 3:00 p.m. against Jacksonville.

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