Sept. 28, 2000
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
The Florida State women’s tennis team will
begin fall competition this weekend when the Lady Seminoles host players
from 11 different teams from schools around the Southeast in the Lady
Seminole Classic, Sept. 29-Oct. 1, at the Scott Speicher Tennis Center. The
Lady Seminoles are coming off of a 17-9 season in which they finished the
year ranked 22nd in the country.
Seven of the 11 teams in the field will be making repeat
appearances at the tournament, which begins at 8 a.m. on Friday. This
year’s additions include Auburn, Bethune Cookman, Central Florida, Florida
and Stetson. Overall this year’s field consists of eight teams that were
ranked in last year’s ITA final rankings.
Florida State freshman Christina Denny enters the tournament seeded
1st in Flight singles B. Junior Alida Gallovits, who is seeded second in
Flight A singles is expected to make a strong showing at the tournament.
Gallovits, who enters the season ranked 39th in the ITA rankings, took
first place in Flight A singles in last year’s tourney. Senior Marina Raic
is seeded third in Flight B singles while junior Jessica Balbuena is seeded
fifth. All FSU’s players will have a bye in the first round and will play
second round matches Friday afternoon.
In doubles competition, Gallovits and Balbuena are seeded third and
will play Analia Longoni and Lindsey Wyeth of Stetson. Raic and Denny will
face FAMU’s Rochelle Goldtreate and Dia Collins. FSU’s Christy Travis will
team up with Jacksonville’s Tiffany Pinciotti. The duo will face Maria
Montoya and Melissa Ly of Florida International.
In addition to playing some great tennis, the tournament will serve
as a measuring stick for the Lady Seminoles as they face some of the
country’s elite programs and players. The match-ups will take on added
importance as the team will face many of this weekend’s competitors later
in the season.
“The fall tournaments are all preseason tournaments for us,” FSU
Head Coach Lise Gregory said. “We want to get as many matches as we can so
we can see where we stand, what we need to work on and basically to prepare
ourselves for the spring.”