May 6, 2005
Tallahassee, Fla. – Florida State senior Mihaela Moldovan (Bucharest, Romania/Emil Racovita) earned at-large berths in singles and doubles in the 2005 NCAA Women’s Tennis Championships, taking place at the University of Georgia in Athens, Ga., from May 23-28, 2005 at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex. Junior Lindsay Deason (Ft. Myers, Fla./Boca Raton Prep) will join Moldovan on the doubles court.
“This is something Mickey has been striving for her whole career,” said first-year head coach Jennifer Hyde. “It is so amazing for her go get the recognition from the coaches in the tennis world. It is so well deserved and a great achievement for her to accomplish, especially during her senior year. It’s storybook.”
Moldovan, seeded 9-16, has had an outstanding senior season, compiling a 16-4 record at the number one position, including victories over four ranked opponents – #8 Robin Stephenson (Alabama), #11 Jennifer Magley (Florida), #14 Kristi Miller (Georgia Tech) and #27 Aniela Mojzis (North Carolina). The 2004 CoSIDA Academic All-American is fifth on FSU’s all-time singles list with 75 career wins entering the NCAA postseason. The two-time All-ACC selection is one win shy of breaking into the career overall wins list with 75 singles victories and 46 doubles wins. Two of her four losses came against #1 Megan Bradley of Miami and #2 Julie Coin of Clemson.
Moldovan and Deason earned a doubles berth, joining five other at-large conference duos in the 32-team bracket. The pair has been ranked as high as eighth in the nation and enters the postseason rated #16. The twosome has wins over #3 Florida, #4 Miami and #12 Alabama and boasts a 14-6 overall record and 7-3 mark in ACC play. Moldovan has 46 career doubles wins while Deason is just behind with 38. This season’s win total is a career-best for Moldovan, whose prior doubles best, was 13 with current Seminole team captain Roxanne Clarke in 2003. Deason won 16 matches last season at the top two doubles flights with former Tribe member Anca Dumitrescu.
Moldovan is the fourth All-American in FSU school history and the first selection since Lori Sowell in 1996. She earned academic honors last season for boasting a 4.0 GPA in public relations.
Singles and doubles competition begins May 23, 2005 at 9:00 a.m., at the conclusion of the team tennis championship.