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FSU Women’s Tennis Team Knocks Off South Florida, 7-2

March 4, 2000



TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida State women’s tennis team won its
sixth match in a row Saturday, defeating South Florida at the Scott
Speicher Tennis Center in Tallhasssee, Fla., by a score of 7-2. The win
improved the 19th-ranked Lady Seminoles record to 8-2 and dropped No. 40
South Florida to 6-3 on the season.

“We have been up and down all season,” said FSU head coach Lise
Gregory. “Some people have been struggling, but today everyone played
solid. Ali (Weber) and Marina (Raic) both played extremely well today. If
we can get everyone playing solid tennis then we should be in pretty good
shape. It seems like everyone is getting healthy and coming around, I am
looking forward to that day when everyone is playing the way they are
capable.”

Florida State got off to a quick lead when senior Kia Asberg
defeated USF’s Tina Harrison 6-1, 6-0 at No. 3 singles. Asberg improved
her record to 8-2 in dual matches this season and continued her seven-match
win streak with the win. During those seven consecutive victories, Asberg
has not dropped a set.

USF answered right back with a win at No. 2 singles by Genevieve
Houle over FSU’s Nanette Duxin. The 6-2, 6-2 loss snapped Duxin’s
two-match winning streak. With the score knotted at one, FSU’s Jessica
Balbuena and Marina Raic wrapped up wins at the No. 4 and No. 5 positions
to stake the Lady Noles to a 3-1 lead with two singles matches yet to be
decided.

At No. 6 singles, FSU’s Ali Weber pulled out a straight set win
over USF’s Jackie Spicijaric 6-2, 6-3 to put FSU one win away from
clinching the match. In the closest match of the afternoon, on court No.
1, FSU’s Alida Gallovits battled USF’s Katherine Tessier. Tessier
outlasted the 56th-ranked player in the country and won the match 7-6(4),
7-5 to draw the Lady Bulls within two points entering the doubles matches.

In the doubles portion of the match, with FSU needing just one win
to wrap up the victory, the duo of Asberg and Raic defeated USF’s No. 2
team of Houle and Spicijaric, 8-4. FSU would go onto sweep the doubles
portion of the match to capture its fourth consecutive win over South
Florida.

The Lady Seminoles will return to action on Sunday to face the
30th-ranked Miami Hurricanes at 12:30 p.m. at the Scott Speicher Tennis
Center.


Box Score

#19 Florida State 7

#40 South Florida 2


SINGLES

No. 1 Katherine Tessier (USF) d. #56 Alida Gallovits (FSU) 7-6, 7-5

No. 2 Genevieve Houle (USF) d. Nanette Duxin (FSU) 6-2, 6-2

No. 3 Kia Asberg (FSU) d. Tina Harrison (USF) 6-1, 6-0

No. 4 Jessica Balbuena (FSU) d. Ildiko Zubor (USF) 6-3, 6-3

No. 5 Marina Raic (FSU) d. Natalie Schwartz (USF) 6-2, 7-5

No. 6 Ali Weber (FSU) d. Jackie Spicijaric (USF) 6-2, 6-3


DOUBLES

No. 1 Gallovits/Duxin (FSU) d. Harrison/Tessier (USF) 8-4

No. 2 Asberg/Raic (FSU) d. Houle/Spicijaric (USF) 8-4

No. 3 Balbuena/Weber (FSU) d. Schwartz/Zubor (USF) 8-6

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