Oct. 23, 2004
Tuscalossa, Ala. – The Florida State women’s tennis team continued to find success in both singles and doubles on day two of the NCAA South Regional Championships on Saturday, October 23, with three singles players moving on to the quarterfinals and one doubles team earning one of the final four spots in the regional tournament.
Senior Mihaela Moldovan (Bucharest, Romania/Emil Racovita) won her fourth singles match of the tournament, besting Nina Suvak, 6-4, 6-4. Fellow senior Amberly Tantee (Dana Point, CA/Futures) ended the singles day with a victory over MSU’s Polina Kokoulina, 7-5, 6-1. Freshman Tapiwa Marobela (Garborone, Botswana/Clapham) held her second opponent in as many matches to one game beating Georgia Southern’s Charlotte Bruneteaux in straight sets, 6-1, 6-0.
Marobela and Tantee also found success in doubles, winning 8-0 over Ole Miss’ Conerly and Sabin and then besting Georgia State’s Foltyn and Strickland 8-4 to secure one of the final four doubles spots.
Senior Natalie Tirapelli (St. Petersburg, FL/Connecticut) won the first set 2-6 against South Alabama’s Kiara Jarova but went on to drop two tough sets 6-2, 6-3 to end her singles run in the tournament. Junior Alina Mihailescu (Constanta, Romania/Mircea cel Batran) also fell on day two, losing to Desanka Jovanovic from FIU, 6-2, 6-0.
Sophomore Roxanne Clarke (Cape Town, South Africa/Clapham) lost to Ole Miss’ Virginia Tomati in straight sets, 6-3, 6-4 while junior Lindsay Deason (Ft. Myers, FL/Boca Raton Prep) dropped a tough contest to Lindsay Shosho, 3-6, 6-1 (10-5).
In the doubles A bracket, Clarke and Deason picked up wins against Troy’s Masviba and Strauss, 9-7 to move on to third round. The duo ended their doubles run with a loss to Miami’s Bradley and Banada, 8-3.
In doubles B, Mihailescu and Tirapelli were outlasted by Georgia Tech’s Stauss and Von Londen by a final tally of 8-1.
The Seminoles continue with day three on Sunday morning at the regional championships. The two finalists receive bids to the ITA National Indoor Championships in November. Play begins at 9:00 a.m.