Nov. 9, 2003
Tallahassee – The Florida State women’s tennis team concluded the 2003 Lady Seminole Classic held at the Scott Speicher Tennis Center, Sunday, November 9, 2003 with seniors Anca Dumitrescu and Christina Denny winning the Singles Main Draw A and B brackets, respectively.
“I’m really happy with the way the fall has gone. I feel like we’ve had some good results. We’ve really improved,” said head coach Lise Gregory.
Dumitrescu played a tough match against Houston’s Biljana Dimovska in a two hour, two set match 7-6 and 6-2. Dumitrescu has won ten matches during the entire fall season. The Bucharest, Romania native has made it to the Lady Seminole Classic singles finals match three times, winning for the first time today.
“I’m very pleased for Anca; it’s the first time that she won it. It’s also the first time in a long, long time (her mom’s) gotten to see her play. I think that’s really neat,” said Gregory, in her eighth year with FSU.
Denny overpowered her competition in the tournament allowing a total of five games in the entire tournament (four matches) and holding opponents scoreless in five of eight matches. Denny bested UCF’s Pamela Fernandez 6-0, 6-2 to win the singles B main draw championship.
“Chris did a really good job winning her B-Final. She lost five games over four matches which is pretty impressive,” said Gregory. “That’s got to do a lot for her confidence which has definitely been one of her goals.”
In doubles A main draw, Gheorghe and Tantee fell to USF’s team of Gabriela Duch and Marie F. Lord Andrade 8-4 on Sunday morning. The FSU pair has been hot all fall losing their second doubles match today all season. In doubles B, junior Natalie Tirapelli and newcomer Roxanne Clarke fought hard against Houston’s Foley/Terblanche team, losing in the end 8-3.
In other tournament action, Tirapelli played UCF’s Amira Samara in singles B consolation early Sunday afternoon. The St. Petersburg, Fla. native won 6-0, 6-2. Sophomore Alina Mihailescu dropped a tough match to USF’s Fabiana Taverna 6-3, 6-2 in the singles A second round consolation.