April 19, 2005
Tallahassee, Fla. – The No. 39 Florida State women’s tennis team (10-10, 4-6 ACC) will begin play at the 2005 Atlantic Coast Conference Women’s Tennis Championships, facing Virginia (6-14, 2-8 ACC) on Thursday, April 21 with a 9:00 a.m. match FSU is seeded eighth while the Cavaliers are ninth.
Seminoles This Season… In head coach Jennifer Hyde’s first season with FSU, she recorded an impressive .500 record, leading a team that lost the bulk of its singles and doubles lineup to graduation. Hyde’s first Seminole squad stepped up from the top of the lineup to the bottom to produce wins all season. The 10 losses ties Hyde for the least number of dropped contests in the first year of a head coach’s tenure with former net master Alice Reen, who had a 13-10 record in her inaugural year. Reen went on to compile 60 program wins in five years, including a 15-10 1994 squad that Hyde captained.
ITA Rankings… The Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) announced singles and doubles rankings for April 19, 2005 and have the No. 36 Florida State women’s tennis team’s (10-10, 4-6 ACC) boasting players at #12 in the country in both singles and doubles. Senior Mihaela Moldovan (Bucharest, Romania/Emil Racovita) and junior Lindsay Deason (Ft. Myers, Fla./Boca Raton Prep) are the #12 doubles team in the nation and the third best in the conference. Moldovan holds the same position in the singles lineup with her 14-5 record, all in the number one position.
FSU in the ACCs… The highest Florida State has finished in the Atlantic Coast Conference Women’s Tennis Championships was runner-up in 1994. That season, FSU beat N.C. State 5-1 in the second round before ousting Clemson 5-3 to earn a slot against Duke in the championship match. The Seminoles lost 5-0 to eventual conference champion Duke. That team was captained by current Seminole head coach Jennifer Hyde.
The 2004 Conference Championship… The Seminoles headed into the tourney seeded third after tying a program-best six league victories. FSU beat sixth-seeded Wake Forest in the quarterfinal match, 4-2 before losing in the semifinals 4-1 to Duke. Against the Demon Deacons, FSU took the first two doubles matches and three of six singles to put themselves among the final four teams. Facing the second-seeded Duke Blue Devils for a spot in the conference championships match, the Tribe dropped a tough match despite Moldovan winning her 24th consecutive victory in the Tribe loss.
Beating the Cavaliers… Florida State holds a 15-3 advantage over Virginia, a series that began in 1992. This season, the Seminoles won over Virginia in the midst of a four-match conference win streak. Freshman Tapiwa Marobela (Garborone, Botswana/Clapham) stood out that match, winning with junior Miranda Foley (Cambridge, England/Houston) at number three doubles and by herself, at number five singles, besting Marta Bechliwanis in straight sets.
Home is Where the Winning Lies… The Seminoles have picked up six of their nine total victories in front of the home crowd at the Scott Speicher Tennis Center. FSU upset No. 33 Alabama at home as well as posted wins over UCF, Virginia Tech, Maryland, Virginia and N.C. State. Two home losses this season have come at the expense of higher-ranked opponents – No. 2 Florida and No. 26 Wake Forest.