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Tirapelli and Deason Play For Flight Titles at Lady Seminole Classic

Oct. 30, 2004



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With all four singles players advancing on the first day of the 2004 Lady Seminole Classic, the Florida State University women’s tennis team had a better than average chance of getting players in the flight championship matches. After Saturday’s (Oct. 30) action, the Seminoles have two players vying for titles of the second and fifth flights.

Junior Lindsay Deason (Fort Meyers, Fla.) will play for the second flight championships on Sunday, as will senior Natalie Tirapelli (St. Petersburg, Fla.) in the fifth flight.

“Obviously the first day was great, being able to go undefeated,” FSU head coach Jennifer Hyde said. “We don’t have our top four players in the line-up so I was glad to see those players pick up the slack. I always talk to them about being a third-day team. The third day tends to be pretty grueling so we’ve stressed to them about finishing up with some success.”

Deason earned her spot in the finals with a 6-2, 6-4 victory over Milica Miladinovic of Stetson. She’ll face Baylor’s Zuzana Cerna in the championship match. Also winning in straight sets was Tirapelli as she produced a 6-4, 6-2 triumph against Central Florida’s Megan Hunter. Tirapelli meets the Golden Knights’ Anna Yakimchenkova in the fifth flight title bout.

Playing for third place in the fourth flight will be senior Amberly Tantee (Dana Point, Calif.). She lost 6-3, 6-3 to South Florida’s Luisa Obando in the semifinals and will take on Lucia Polakova of Bethune Cookman on Sunday. The fourth Seminole in singles action was freshman Yana Stoeva (Vratza, Bulgaria). She dropped her third round match in the sixth flight 7-5, 1-6, 6-2 to UCF’s Becky Gordon.

“Sometimes I think it’s a distraction to be at home, there are more distractions than when you are out of town,” Hyde added. “That’s something that we’ve talked about today, making sure that they have the same discipline as when we are on the road in a controlled environment. Hopefully there will be no excused tonight and they will come ready and fresh for the finals and semifinals.”

Florida State had its first shot at a title on Saturday in the second flight of doubles. Deason and Stoeva dropped an 8-1 decision to Gabriela Duch and Luisa Obando of South Florida in the second flight. The senior tandem of Tantee and Tirapelli lost 8-4 in third flight doubles to Gordon and Ola Luczak of UCF.

Play concludes on Sunday at the Scott Speicher Tennis Center with the finals of the singles brackets, as well as the third, fifth and seventh-place matches.

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