May 12, 2004
Tallahassee – The No. 27 Florida State Seminoles will face the Marshall Thundering Herd for the first time in school history on Saturday, May 15, 2004 at 11:00 a.m. EST on the campus of Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN. The Tribe are one of 64 teams looking to advance to the NCAA Division I Women’s Tennis Championships, taking place in Athens, GA. FSU (17-7, 6-2 ACC) is a number two seed in the bracket while Marshall (22-4, 9-0 MAC) is a three seed. The winners of the Saturday match-ups will play on Sunday at 2:00 p.m. EST for one of the 16 spots at the University of Georgia.
Marshall, currently ranked No. 55 in the ITA poll, won the 2004 Mid American Conference Championships, regular and postseason. The Thundering Herd lost only four times during the course of the regular and conference post seasons, coming at the hands of Kentucky, South Carolina, Long Beach State and the ACC’s Virginia.
The 2002-03 season was the first time since 1995, Florida State did not make the NCAA tournament. In 2002, the Seminoles lost to Virginia Commonwealth University – current Seminole Anca Dumitrescu’s former school – in the first round of the south regional. Dumitrescu went to the NCAA Singles Championship that same year, losing to Agara Ciorich from Georgia in the first round.
Junior Mihaela Moldovan (Bucharest, Romania/Emil Racovita) leads the Tribe in singles wins with 24. Senior Christina Denny (Canton, Ohio/Bradenton Academy) is second with 17 wins followed by fellow senior Anca Dumitrescu (Bucharest, Romania/VCU) and freshman Roxanne Clarke (Cape Town, South Africa/Clapham), who are tied with 16 apiece. Dumitrescu, paired with newcomer Lindsay Deason (St. Petersburg, FL/Boca Raton Prep), lead the Tribe in doubles victories with 14, all but one out of the number two position.
The 2004 season was a stellar campaign for the Seminoles, which included an upset of No. 9 UNC and narrow 4-3 losses to No. 3 Duke and No. 21 Clemson- the 2004 ACC Women’s Tennis Champion. Moldovan demolished her competition, picking up 24 consecutive victories, setting school records and etching her name atop the FSU singles win list.
The senior class became the glue for a talented lineup that climbed its way from a season-opening No. 54. Dumitrescu and Denny had career seasons in singles and doubles, with Dumitrescu bettering her singles mark of 14 dual match wins and 12 doubles victories to 16 and 14 with at least one more match remaining in the season. Denny’s 17 wins were two more than her 2001-02 season totals and her 2003-04 mark of 12 doubles matches is one shy of her career high of 13 (2001-02).
The rookies even staked their claim with Clarke and Deason posting double digit wins in both singles and doubles and playing over 20 matches apiece.
Head coach Lise Gregory was named the 2004 ACC Women’s Tennis Coach of the Year. FSU’s all-time winningest women’s tennis head coach, with a career record of 118-82, was awarded the honor for the second time in her career. During the 1998-99 season, when Gregory won the award for the first time, the Tribe had two 30-match singles winners.
Fellow conference school No. 15 UNC is also in the bracket and the potential to for a rematch of the regular season Seminole upset could come during the round of 16, right before the quarterfinal match in Athens, GA.
Seminoles Make it to Conference Championship Semifinals
FSU beat Wake Forest before losing to Duke in the ACC Women’s Tennis Tournament The No. 26 Florida State women’s tennis squad traveled to Raleigh, N.C. to the Millbrook Exchange Tennis Center to compete at the 2004 Atlantic Coast Conference Women’s Tennis Championship. The Seminoles were seeded third, after finishing tied for the most conference wins in the program’s ten year history.
Dumitrescu and Moldovan Named to All-Conference Team
Senior Anca Dumitrescu and junior Mihaela Moldovan were named to the2004 All-ACC team after posting career seasons. Moldovan went undefeated in conference play, winning all eight contests while Dumitrescu had five wins at the number one position, including an upset victory over the seventh-ranked Amanda Johnson from Duke.
Seminoles Seniors Career Seasons
Seniors Christina Denny (Canton, Ohio/Bradenton) and Anca Dumitrescu (Bucharest, Romania/VCU) are having career springs in singles matches. Denny, who posted a 13-match consecutive win streak, has 18 wins, besting her 2001-02 dual match, single season high. Dumitrescu matched her spring season, dual match win streak posting 15 wins against seven losses at the number one position.
Moldovan Undefeated in Singles’ Season
Junior Mihaela Moldovan (Bucharest, Romania/Emil Racovita) ended the season with 24 dual match singles wins, all at the number two position. The reigning NCAA South Region Rookie of the Year became the first Seminole to end the regular season undefeated. Moldovan recorded big wins over higher ranked teams including defending national champion Florida (No. 2). Moldovan upset the Gators’ #32 Julie Rotondi, playing out of the number two position, 4-6, 7-5, 10-6.
Rookies to the Rescue
Two Seminole newcomers Roxanne Clarke (Cape Town, South Africa/Clapham) and Lindsay Deason (St. Petersburg, FL/Boca Raton Prep) have posted at least ten wins in singles and doubles. Deason, paired with Dumitrescu leads the Seminoles with 14 doubles wins while Clarke has 13, partnered with Moldovan. In singles, Clarke sits at 16 wins and Deason has 13, both sharing time at the number four and five positions.