Sept. 20, 2004
Tallahassee, Fla. – The FSU women’s tennis team opened the fall season at the Gator Fall Classic this weekend (September 17-19). Sophomore Roxanne Clarke (Cape Town, South Africa/Clapham) won all three singles matches to go along with two doubles matches played in Gainesville.
In the first matches on Friday afternoon, Clarke opened the day with a singles win over Miami’s Juliette Mavroleon, 6-4, 6-4 in straight sets. Freshman Tapiwa Marobela (Garborono, Botswana/Clapham) bested Miami’s Caren Seenauth in her first collegiate match, 6-2, 6-3. Senior Amberly Tantee (Dana Point, CA/Futures) opened the season with a win, taking a two-set match from Kentucky’s Christine Simpson, 7-5, 6-3.
The Tribe continued play with senior Natalie Tirapelli (St. Petersburg, FL/Connecticut) dropping her singles match 6-4, 6-3 but bouncing back in doubles with sophomore Alina Mihailescu (Constant, Romania/Mircea cel Batran) to beat FSU’s Yana Stoeva (Vratza, Bulgaria/Saint Kliment Ohridski) and Emily Mowery (Miami), 8-6. Clarke and junior Mihaela Moldovan (Bucharest, Romania/Emil Racovita), last year’s number one position doubles starters, were victorious in their return to the court, besting Florida’s Jennifer Magley and Alex Liles, 8-5. Also in doubles action, Tantee and junior Lindsay Deason (Fort Myers, FL/Boca Raton) dropped a tough decision to the Gators’ Lolita Frangulyan and Nina Suvak, 8-3.
On Saturday, the Noles played SEC teams Kentucky and in-state rival Florida and. Clarke again prevailed winning the only singles match of the morning, defeating Florida’s Whitney Benik, 3-6, 6-4, 1-0 (10-5). Moldovan took Magley to a third-set tiebreaker, 6-7 (7-9), 6-3, 1-0 (10-6), but came out on the losing end.
In doubles Saturday afternoon, Clarke and Moldovan as well as Tantee and Deason bested duos from the Wildcats. Additionally, junior Miranda Foley (Cambridge, England/Hills Road Sixth Form) and Marobela saw action in doubles for the first time in garnet and gold, losing 9-7 to the Wildcats’ Emily and Sarah Foster, 9-7.
On the final day of the competition, the Seminoles faced Kentucky in singles and Miami in doubles. Clarke won again in singles, besting the Wildcats Danielle Petrisko 6-4, 6-3 as did Mihailescu who took the match from Kentucky’s Christine Simpson, 2-6, 6-4, 1-0 (10-7). Tantee and Tirapelli picked up wins against Emily Mowery and Staci Stevens of Miami, 8-3.
Florida State continues play throughout the fall season with the Riviera All-American tournament, the Lady Seminole Classic and NCAA South Regionals. For updated information and results, please visit www.seminoles.com and view the FSU women’s tennis page.