March 24, 2005
Tallahassee, Fla. – The No. 29 Florida State women’s tennis team (8-5, 3-1 ACC) hosts the N.C. State Wolfpack on Friday, March 25, 2005 at 2:00 p.m. and the Wake Forest Demon Deacons on Sunday, March 27 at 12:00 p.m., at the Scott Speicher Tennis Center. The match on Sunday will be senior day for FSU, as seniors Mihaela Moldovan, Amberly Tantee and Natalie Tirapelli play in their final regularly-scheduled, home contest of the season.
N.C. STATE/WAKE FOREST NOTES
#1 Doubles Continues to Rise… Senior Mihaela Moldovan (Bucharest, Romania/Emil Racovita) and junior Lindsay Deason (Ft. Myers, Fla./Boca Raton Prep) have moved back into the nation’s top-10 in doubles this week, announced by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) on Tuesday, March 22. The pair dropped from No. 8 to No. 12 on March 8, after back-to-back losses against No. 15 Tulane and USF. They are ranked as the third-highest doubles team in the conference, behind #4 Miami’s Megan Bradley and Audrey Banada, whom they beat in Miami earlier this season, and #5 North Carolina’s Kendall Cline and Aniela Mojzis, who they face on April 2 in Chapel Hill, N.C.
New Lineup Producing Doubles Success… If FSU takes two of three doubles matches, it is almost guaranteed that the Seminoles will celebrate with a team victory at the end of the day. Florida State has picked up the first points of the day in eleven of 13 matches this year and is 8-3 this season when they win doubles. Ever since a lineup change prior to the USF match, the bottom of the doubles lineup has been on a roll. Junior co-captain Miranda Foley (Cambridge, England/Houston) and Freshman Tapiwa Marobela (Garborone, Botswana/Clapham) have won six of the last seven matches while sophomore co-captain Roxanne Clarke (Cape Town, South Africa/Clapham) and senior Amberly Tantee (Dana Point, Calif./Futures) have six victories in eight contests.
Single, Doubles Loss… FSU is 11-1 in the three conference matches this season. The Seminoles swept No. 9 Miami on the road and won at home against Virginia Tech, Maryland and Virginia. The then-12th-ranked pair of Moldovan and Deason beat the fourth-best team in the nation in the Hurricanes’ Audrey Banada and Megan Bradley at number one doubles.
Previewing the Pack… N.C. State is 7-6 overall and 0-3 in the conference. They are tied for tenth place in the league. Their only ranked-win this season came out against No. 59 Marshall, whom FSU beat in the first round of the 2004 NCAA Women’s Tennis Championships.
Class of 2005… Seniors Mihaela Moldovan, Amberly Tantee and Natalie Tirapelli will be honored prior to Sunday’s match against Wake Forest for the 2005 FSU Women’s Tennis Senior Day. All three will be introduced before the first serve of the Easter Sunday match. Moldovan, the team’s number one position singles and doubles player, is the only Seminole in women’s tennis history to go undefeated in dual match singles play. Tantee is the only senior to have played all four years in Tallahassee, coming to FSU from Futures High School in California. Tirapelli, a transfer from the University of Connecticut, served as a great team leader for FSU and helped the Seminoles to one of their best conference finishes and seasons during the 2004 campaign.