February 8, 2000 - by
Seminoles Travel To Gainesville, Battle No. 2 Florida

Feb. 8, 2000



TALLAHASSEE, FL. – The 19th-ranked Florida State women’s tennis
team will face the second-ranked Florida Gators on Wednesday at 4 p.m. in
Gainesville, Fla.

The 2000 Lady Seminoles (2-1) are led by sophomore Alida Gallovits
(2-1) and junior Nanette Duxin (3-0). Gallovits, whose only loss this
season came against the country’s 96th-ranked player, is playing No. 1
singles for FSU for the second consecutive year. Duxin is currently on a
three-match winning streak and just came off a weekend in which she
defeated the nation’s 93rd-ranked player from Vanderbilt and the Big Ten’s
1999 Freshman of the Year, Iowa’s Toni Neykova.

In doubles, Florida State is 2-1 at both the No. 2 and No. 3
positions, but 0-3 at No.1. The duo of Gallovits and Duxin is playing No.
2 doubles and is coming off a win against Iowa’s Dawaf and Sinclair, 8-4.
Senior Kia Asberg and sophomore Marina Raic are playing No. 3 doubles.
Asberg is an experienced doubles player who has won close to 40 doubles
matches during her career. Last year, Raic teamed with sophomore Jessica
Balbuena to win 16 doubles matches on the year. Balbuena has been teamed
with senior Ali Weber at No. 1 doubles so far this season.

The Seminoles enter Wednesday’s match looking for their first win
against the Gators since the two team’s began playing in 1982. Last year,
Florida State lost 8-1. The only win for FSU came at No. 1 doubles were
Gallovits and Duxin defeated Florida’s top duo and the 41st-ranked team in
the country, Stephanie Hazlett and Whitney Laiho, 9-7. FSU’s Jessica
Balbuena took Hazlett to three sets in the closest match of the afternoon
at No. 4 singles.

Wednesday’s match was originally scheduled for 5 p.m. but was moved
up to 4 p.m. to accomodate the weather forecast.

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