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Moldovan and Deason Ready to Make History at NCAA Championships

May 21, 2005

Please note that pairings have not been announced as of publication date.

Tallahassee, Fla. – Florida State women’s tennis student-athletes, senior Mihaela Moldovan (Bucharest, Romania/Emil Racovita) and junior Lindsay Deason (Ft. Myers, Fla./Boca Raton Prep) head to Athens, Ga., the site of the 2005 NCAA Women’s Tennis Championships. Molodvan will compete in singles competition on Monday, May 23 at 9:00 a.m. and will join Deason for doubles play, kicking off Tuesday, May 24 at: 9:00 a.m.

As a pair, Moldovan and Deason are looking to cap off an amazing 2005 campaign. They have a 15-5 record playing in the top flight this season including a consecutive doubles contests win streak of nine from March 6 (San Diego) to March 27 (Wake Forest). They won 13 of first 15 paired matches of the season. The pair, who has 14 victories this season, is ranked third among the league doubles tandems and are rated #18 in the nation. The pair has accumulated five losses over the course of the season and beat some of the best duos in the nation.

They are the first doubles team to qualify for nationals since All-American Lori Sowell and Elke Juul in 1996. The tandem recorded the highest ranking of a Seminoles team, reaching #8. Together, Deason and Moldovan upset Florida’s #3 Whitney Benik and Lolita Frangulyan, Miami’s #4 Audrey Banada and Megan Bradley, and Alabama’s #12 Robin Stephenson and Ashely Bentley.

Deason leads Moldovan in doubles wins this season by one, with 16, having taken a contest against cross-town rival Florida A&M at the number two position with Alina Mihailescu.

If the duo makes into past the first two rounds, they automatically earn All-American status. Moldovan would be the first Seminole in FSU school history to earn two All-American honors as well as the only person in women’s tennis history to take two accolades in one season.

Individually, Moldovan posted a 17-4 singles record at the number one flight. She earned All-American honors after being selected among the top 16 seeds in the championships. She is the highest ranked individual women’s tennis player in FSU school history, reaching as high as #12 during the course of the season. The 2005 ITA Arthur Ashe Award recipient is the fourth All-American in FSU school history and the first selection since Lori Sowell in 1996. Two of her four losses came against the top two players in the country, Miami’s Megan Bradley and Clemson’s Julie Coin.

Moldovan currently sits in fifth place on FSU’s all-time singles list with 75 career singles victories. She is tied for seventh on FSU’s career overall wins list with 123 contests (76 singles victories and 47 doubles wins). She is only in her third season at FSU.

In the opening round of the team championships, Moldovan and Deason held the Golden Panthers’ top doubles team to two games in winning by a tally of 8-2. The pair took the first win of the afternoon from an FIU duo that entered the tournament winning nine of its last ten matches.

FSU’s first point of the day came at the hands of Deason who held Nikitta Fountain to two-sets 6-3, 6-3. She became the fourth Tribe member this year with double digit, singles wins.

Moldovan started slow, dropping the first set 1-6, to #60 Paula Zabalas but took the second game 6-4, forcing a third set for the fourth time this season. Zabalas went up 3-0 to start the final stanza but Moldovan showed why she is among the best in the nation, running off six games in the win by a final tally of 1-6, 6-4, 6-3. The win moved FSU to 3-2 on the scoreboard.

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