April 4, 2004
Tallahassee, FL – The No. 30 Florida State women’s tennis squad (16-6, 6-2 ACC) lost to the 21st-ranked Clemson Tigers (17-3, 6-0 ACC), 4-3, on Sunday afternoon, April 4, at the Scott Speicher Tennis Center in Tallahassee, FL. The Seminoles lost the doubles point and split the singles matches in dropping their second conference match. Both conference losses have come at the hands of teams ranked in the top 25 (No. 3 Duke and No. 21 Clemson). Florida State tied its record high for wins and low for losses in Atlantic Coast Conference action since joining the league in 1992.
Junior Mihaela Moldovan (Bucharest, Romania/Emil Racovita) won at the number two position to bring her singles wins total to 22 on the season. The reigning NCAA South Region Rookie of the Year bested Daniela Alvarez in two sets, 6-3, 6-2. Moldovan becomes the first Florida State women’s tennis player to remain undefeated for the entire regular season. The previous consecutive match win streak was 15 by Kia Asberg (1999) and Marina Raic (1999). The lowest number of losses in a season, prior to Moldovan’s, was four in 1999 by Asberg.
The Seminoles lost all three doubles matches to start off the afternoon. Moldovan paired with freshman Roxanne Clarke (Cape Town, South Africa/Clapham) in a match that saw the Seminoles come back from a 7-5 score to take an 8-7, narrowly dropping the match, 9-8(5). In the three, senior tandem Brooke Cordell (Soddy Daisy, TN/Tennessee) and Christina Denny (Canton, Ohio/Bradenton) lost to the Tigers, 8-4 while senior Anca Dumitrescu (Bucharest, Romania/VCU) and sophomore Lindsay Deason (St. Petersburg, FL/Boca Raton Prep) posted an 8-2 decision.
Florida State split the singles matches, winning at the two, four and five positions. Alongside Moldovan’s win, Deason dominated Karen Rombouts in straight sets 6-4, 6-1. Clarke, playing one of two matches that looked to decide the team victor, won at the five position, taking Maria Brito to a third set, 4-6, 7-6(4), 6-4.
Holding FSU’s last chance to upset Clemson was sophomore Alina Mihailescu (Constanta, Romania/Mircea cel Batran). The second-year Garnet and Gold member fought fellow Romanian Ioana Paun in a losing effort, 6-3, 6-4. Mihailescu tied Paun twice in the match including a late run at a second set victory.
The Seminoles return to action on April 15-19, 2004 at the 2004 ACC Championships in Raleigh, N.C. Florida State, possibly a third or fourth, should play on Friday, April 16.
No. 21 Clemson 4, #31 FSU 3
No. 1 Lacelarie/Coin d. Moldovan/Clarke (FSU) 9-8(5)
No. 2 Alvarez/Brito d. Dumitrescu/ Deason (FSU) 8-2
No. 3 Rombouts/Lesaldo d. Cordell/Denny (FSU) 8-5
No. 1 #12 Julie Coin (CU) d. Anca Dumitrescu (FSU)6-1, 6-3
No. 2 #80 Mihaela Moldovan (FSU) d. Daniela Alvarez (CU) 6-3, 6-2
No. 3 Alix Lacelarie (CU) d. Christina Denny (FSU) 6-1, 6-2
No. 4 Roxanne Clarke (FSU) d. Maria Brito (CU) 4-6, 7-6(4), 6-4
No. 5 Lindsay Deason (FSU) d. Karen Rombouts (CU) 6-4, 6-1
No. 6 Ioana Paun (CU) d. Alina Mihailescu (FSU) 6-3, 6-4*
Order of finish: Doubles – 2, 3, 1. Singles – 1, 2, 4, 3, 6*, 5
* Clinched team victory