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Women’s Tennis Dominates No. 19 South Alabama

February 23, 1999

TALLAHASSEE, FL. – Florida State got two come-from- behind wins
by Nanette Duxin and Ali Weber to secure the match and give the Lady
Seminoles their eighth victory in nine matches so far this season. Duxin
and South Alabama’s Iva Puflerova needed a third set tiebreaker to decide
their match, 6-7, 6-4, 7-6. In the third set tiebreaker, Duxin was up 5-4,
but facing two serves from the powerful Puflerova.

“I wasn’t playing well, and didn’t expect to beat her, so I wasn’t nervous,” said Duxin. The win
moves Duxin’s record to 7-1, “It’s always good to win, especially against
girls like these. They always play well.”

The Lady Seminoles victory over the #19 ranked team in the country
was their first over a top twenty team under Head Coach Lise Gregory.
“This was our biggest win so far. To beat them 5-1 in singles and to
compete as hard as we did, feels good,” said Coach Gregory.

After losing the first match of the afternoon, Florida State’s Kia
Asberg (8-1), Jessica Balbuena (8-1), and Marina Raic (7-2) all won to set
the stage for Duxin’s and Weber’s match clinching victories. Weber
defeated the country’s 71st ranked player Vanda Novakova, 2-6, 7-5, 6-1
moments after Duxin’s win, to insure the upset for Florida State. With the
match out of contention for the Lady Jaguars, both teams decided not to
play the doubles matches due to time constraints.

The Lady Seminoles next take the courts against #11 Vanderbilt
University on Saturday, here in Tallahassee.

Box Score

Florida State 5 – South Alabama 1


No.1 Martina Ondrejkova (USA) d. Alida Gallovits (FSU) 6-3, 6-2

No.2 Nanette Duxin (FSU) d. Iva Puflerova (USA) 6-7,a (USA) 6-7,6-4,7-6

No.3 Ali Weber (FSU) d. Vanda Novakova (USA) 2-6, 7-5, 6-1

No.4 Jessica Balbuena (FSU) d. Lenka Jakubekova (USA) 6-3,6-1

No.5 Marina Raic (FSU) d. Marketa Blazkova (USA) 6-4, 6-3

No.6 Kia Asberg (FSU) d. Tracey Gobey (USA)


No.1 Duxin/Gallovits (FSU) DNP Ondrejkova/Puflerova (USA)

No.2 Asberg/Weber (FSU) DNP Gobey/Toyre (USA)

No.3 Balbuena/Raic (FSU) DNP Blazkova/Jakubekova (USA)

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