Oct. 21, 2004
Tallahassee, Fla. – The Florida State women’s tennis team heads to Alabama for the 2004 Wilson/ITA South Regionals taking place Friday through Monday, October 22-25. The team, under first-year head coach Jennifer Hyde, will face some of the toughest programs in the region, including Florida, Georgia and conference rival Miami. Junior Mihaela Moldovan (Bucharest, Romania/Emil Racovita) is seeded fifth in the tournament in the singles A draw. The matches begin on Friday at 9:00 EST with the singles and doubles A and B draws.
In B singles, freshman Tapiwa Marobela (Garborone, Botswana/Clapham) and senior Amberly Tantee (Dana Point, CA/Futures) are seeded third and tenth, respectively. In doubles action, Tantee and Marobela are fourth in the B draw while junior Alina Mihailescu (Constanta, Romania/Mircea cel Batran) and senior Natalie Tirapelli (St. Petersburg, FL/Connecticut) are seventh.
At the 2003 regional tournament, the Seminoles were impressive in singles and doubles. Then-freshman Roxanne Clarke (Cape Town, South Africa/Clapham) won the flight A consolation bracket after dropping her first round match to Ole Miss’ Karem Harboe. She picked up big wins over the number two player from Georgia Tech as well as Auburn’s top singles player.
Moldovan took the victory over Boglarka Berecz, of defending national champion Florida, in three sets. She made it to the quarterfinals before losing to South Alabama’s Katarina Palenikova. Former Seminole Anca Dumitrescu made it to the singles A semifinal round but dropped a hard fought contest to the Gators’ Jennifer Magley. In B singles, Mihailescu and Tirapelli made it the finals of the draw, with Mihailescu winning 6-3, 6-1.
The matches kick off at 9:00 a.m. EST. For more information and updated results, please visit www.seminoles.com.