Jan. 27, 2000
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The 19th-ranked Florida State Seminole women’s
tennis team will open its 2000 season at home against the Georgia Southern
Lady Eagles on Saturday at noon at the Scott Speicher Tennis Center.
The Lady Seminoles match were to open the home slate with Georgia
State on Friday but the match was postponed because the Panthers were
unable to make the trip to Tallahassee due to the current weather
conditions in the southeast. The two teams will attempt to make-up the
match on Sunday or Monday.
The Lady Seminoles and Lady Eagles have met four times in the past
with the Lady Noles winning all four matches. Last season, Florida State
played at Georgia Southern and won 8-1. The win began a three-match
winning streak and improved the Lady Seminoles record to 6-1 on the season.
FSU would go on to finish 21-7 and earn a trip to the NCAA tournament for
the third consecutive year under head coach Lise Gregory. The team’s 21
wins were the second most in school history and their final ITA ranking of
23rd was the third highest in school history.
This year’s edition of coach Gregory’s women’s tennis team will
have eight returning players, led by the country’s 32nd-ranked player,
sophomore Alida Gallovits. Gallovits is coming off a freshman season that
saw her win 15 of 27 matches at No. 1 singles for FSU. Returning along
with Gallovits are two seniors, three juniors and two sophomores. Senior
Kia Asberg led the Lady Seminoles in dual match wins last season with 24
and was second on the team in overall wins with 30 behind current sophomore
Marina Raic’s 31. Raic and Asberg had the two winningest seasons in
Florida State women’s tennis history in 1999. Raic was 31-9 and Asberg
went 30-8. Senior Ali Weber is back after posting a 26-16 record in 1999.
Weber is one of FSU’s toughest doubles players. In her three years at FSU,
Weber has won over 50 doubles matches with seven different partners.
Junior Nanette Duxin has been a constant for the Lady Noles for the past
two years. Duxin played No. 2 singles for Florida State in 1999 and over
the past two years Duxin has played in more matches than anyone on the team
except for Asberg and Weber.
After this weekend’s match, Florida State will hit the road for
their next three matches. The first stop for the Lady Seminoles will be at
No. 16 Vanderbilt on Friday, February 4th.