May 14, 2004
Nashville, TN – The second day of the four-day venture to the 2004 NCAA Division I Women’s Tennis Tournament was less eventful than the first. The No. 27 Florida State women’s tennis team woke up, hit the courts, the showers and then the town to pass the day in “Grand Old Opry Town.”
FSU had a 10:00 a.m. practice, this time on the courts inside, to prepare for expected bad weather for the weekend. With pending thunderstorms on the horizon for the next few days, the Tribe worked on adjusting to the oft times faster indoor courts.
“It was good for us to practice inside,” said freshman Roxanne Clarke, one of a handful of newcomers who have made an immediate impact on the Seminoles postseason berth. “We played (earlier in the season) at Alabama on the indoor courts which was tough because we weren’t ready. It’s different now because we don’t see (playing indoors) as a disadvantage or something we’re uncomfortable with but as something to get adjusted to. We learned that our outlook shaped how we played (in the loss to Alabama) so this time we are a little more prepared because we know we have to adjust.”
After leaving Vandy around 12:30 p.m., the Seminoles checked into a new hotel and went to lunch in downtown Nashville. Everyone spread out, dining at a number of local restaurants and spending time in some of the local stores.
“I like Nashville,” said newcomer Lindsay Deason, a solid, middle of the lineup starter for FSU in her first season in Garnet and Gold. “It’s definitely different. It’s a good walking town with a lot of cool shops and things to do.”
Once the late lunch was over, the group split up with a small contingency heading to another part of town to explore and the other party going back to the hotel.
Later on in the day, the NCAA and hosts from Vanderbilt welcomed all four teams with a banquet to kick off the weekend. The Tribe ate with members of the Vanderbilt, IUPUI and Marshall teams at the Commodores’ training table.
Once the dinner was over, everyone headed back to the hotel to relax before lights out.
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.