March 14, 2005
Tallahassee, Fla. – The Florida State women’s tennis team (6-5, 1-1 ACC) swept ACC newcomer Virginia Tech (4-8, 0-7 ACC) in the conference home opener on Monday, March 14, 2005 at the Scott Speicher Tennis Center. The Seminoles swept doubles for the fourth time this season and won the first point of the day for the ninth time in 11 matches. Head coach Jennifer Hyde picked up her first Atlantic Coast Conference victory at the helm of the Seminole program.
“We stressed to them before today’s match that they need to be committed to being here today,” said head coach Jennifer Hyde. “As much as I knew that they were so exhausted from the road trip, I knew they had to be here and they had to compete. I told them they’re probably going to get more irritable than usual and things are going to bother you more than usual because you’re tired but just hang with it. Take some deep breaths and slow things down and you will be fine and they were.”
Sophomore Roxanne Clarke (Cape Town, South Africa/Clapham) and senior Amberly Tantee (Dana Point, Calif./Futures) started the Tribe off right, besting Kate Harrington and Ashley James, 8-1. The duo lost the first game but ran off eight straight for the number two position win.
Freshman Tapiwa Marobela (Garborone, Botswana/Clapham) and junior Miranda Foley (Cambridge, England/Houston) followed suit, winning 8-4 at the number three position. The two are 5-0 since pairing up against San Diego.
“Rox and Amber have continued to step up,” continued Hyde. “I’m really proud of how Amber stepped up, especially at number two doubles. Its been a pleasant surprise to see her embrace that role as a leader of the team and as a senior in a position where we need her. She and Rox are very good friends and its good to see them click so well on the doubles court.
“Same goes for Taps and Foley, they’re 5-0 in number three doubles. They’re something to be said for that. That’s a huge effort on their part. The fact that they’re such good friends – at one, two and three positions it helps them mesh as far as partnerships go.”
Playing out of the number one position, the 12th-ranked pair of senior Mihaela Moldovan (Bucharest, Romania/Emil Racovita) and junior Lindsay Deason (Ft. Myers, Fla./Boca Raton Prep) picked up their ninth win of the season. The pair fought back from being down 4-5 at one point during the set, to win 8-5.
In singles action, FSU won all six singles matches for the second time this year. First to finish was senior Natalie Tirapelli (St. Petersburg, Fla./Connecticut), who played in her first full match of the season, ousting Meredith Holmes in straight sets, 6-0, 6-2 to give FSU the second point of the day.
“I was just waiting for my chance to play,” said Tirapelli. “Today, Coach Hyde comes out and says, `You’re in,’ so I just got focused and was ready to play. I got out there and did what I had to do. I was so excited and into it, and just happy be out there.”
“Nat has been dying for an opportunity to play and I asked Nat, `You got your stuff with you,’ and she was ready,”continued Hyde. “She loved the opportunity and stepped up and filled a spot for us today that we needed. She did a great job. She wasn’t nervous, she didn’t hesitate, just like she practices. It was great to see her step up today.
#18 Moldovan wrapped up the win at the number one position next, with a two-set triumph over Anat Elizari, 6-2, 6-1. The 2004 CoSIDA Academic-All-American currently leads FSU with eight singles victories.
Deason clinched the team win beating Ashley James, 6-3, 6-1. This is the third time in the last five matches she has secured the fourth point for FSU.
On court two, Clarke was a winner, 6-3, 6-3 over Jessica Long while Foley took a three-set match from Bethan James, 6-2, 2-6, 6-0.
FSU is back in action on Friday, March 18 when they host Maryland at 2:00 p.m.
No. 33 FSU 7, Virginia Tech 0
No. 1 #12 Mihaela Moldovan/Lindsay Deason (FSU) d. Anat Elazari/Jessica Long (VT), 8-5
No. 2 Roxanne Clarke/Amberly Tantee (FSU) vs. Kate Harrington/Ashley James (VT), 8-1
No. 3 Miranda Foley/Tapiwa Marobela (FSU) vs. Meredith Holmes/Bethan James (VT), 8-4
No. 1 #18 Mihaela Moldovan (FSU) d. Anat Elizari (VT), 6-2, 6-1
No. 2 Roxanne Clarke (FSU) d. Jessica Long (VT), 6-3, 6-3
No. 3 Lindsay Deason (FSU) d. Ashley James (VT), 6-3, 6-1
No. 4 Miranda Foley (FSU) d. Bethan James (VT), 6-2, 2-6, 6-0
No. 5 Amberly Tantee (FSU) d. Kate Harrington (VT), 7-5, 6-0
No. 6 Natalie Tirapelli (FSU) d. Meredith Holmes (VT), 6-0, 6-2
Order of finish: Doubles – 2, 3, 1. Singles – 6, 1, 3*, 5, 2, 4
*clinched team win.