May 14, 2004
Nashville, TN – Getting selected to the field of 64- check. Getting to Nashville, Tennessee with all the players and their luggage – check. Getting ready to play – check.
The No. 27 Florida State Seminoles are playing Santa Claus – making a list of stops on the way through the 2004 NCAA Division I Women’s Tennis Tournament and checking things off as they go along.
On day one (Thursday, May 13, 2004), FSU spent a large portion of the day traveling to Nashville, TN. Departing from Tallahassee a little after 10:30 a.m. EST, the Tribe made it to the “Country Music Capital of the World”, despite a delay at Atlanta Hartsifeld Airport around 2:30 p.m. EST. After a quick lunch at Atlanta Bread Company, Florida State headed to the courts to practice at 4:00 p.m. CST.
“It was nice to be (in Nashville) settled in a day or so before we hit the courts to play,” said second-year player Alina Mihailescu. “We get to adjust to the time change, Vanderbilt’s courts and then be ready for practice and the match.”
The trip is Mihailescu’s first since joining the Seminole program in the fall of 2002. The Tribe hasn’t reached the Big Dance since the spring of 2002. Mihailescu is one of six Seminoles who have yet to experience a streak similar to the one that took place from 1996-2002, when FSU made it to the NCAA postseason
A face familiar with postseason action is senior Christina Denny. Denny is returning for a third and final time in her four-year stint as a Garnet and Gold member.
“I’m real excited to be here,” said Denny, the only senior on the team to have played in Tallahassee all four years. “I’m looking forward to the match. We got a really tough draw in Marshall so we all have to go out and give it 110%.
Florida State will face the No. 55 Marshall Thundering Herd on Saturday at 11:00 a.m. EST on the courts at Vanderbilt University. FSU is a number two seed in the region while the Thundering Herd are slated in the three spot. The winner of the match will face the Vanderbilt-IUPUI victor on Sunday, May 16 at 2:00 p.m. for a spot at the NCAA Regionals in Athens, GA.