March 25, 1999
TALLAHASEE, FL. — The Florida State women’s tennis team is ranked in the Top 20 for the first time since 1981. On Friday, the Seminoles look to increase their eight game win streak when they host the 17th-ranked Wake Forest Demon Deacons. Match time has been moved up to 2pm.
Florida State has already matched last season’s ACC win total, by winning their first two ACC matches this year against UVA and Maryland. Wake Forest is 1-0 in the ACC, with a victory over Clemson, 7-2. Wake Forest comes to Tallahassee with the nation’s ninth-ranked player, sophomore Mariel Verban. Verban is 5-4 at No.1 singles for Wake Forest this season. FSU freshman Alida Gallovits will most likely get a chance at knocking off her second top 20 player of the season. Gallovits earlier defeated Miami’s Lioudmila Skavronskaia, currently the nation’s 18th-ranked player. Gallovits is the Seminoles only ranked player at #93.
Two Seminoles have 13-match win streaks on the line against the Demon Deacons. Junior Kia Asberg and freshman Marina Raic have helped the Seminoles reach 15 wins in a season for the first time in 15 years. Asberg’s dual match record is an astonishing 18-1. Raic is second to Asberg in dual match wins with 17. Freshman Jessica Balbuena is 15-4 and junior Ali Weber is 12-7 for the Seminoles, who are 16-3 this season.
Head Coach Lise Gregory looks to lead Florida State to it’s second win over a top 20 team under her tenure. Earlier this season, the Seminoles defeated South Alabama, who at the time was the 19th ranked team in the country. The future is bright for the Seminoles as they start three freshmen, one sophomore, and two juniors. FSU has two home ACC matches this weekend before they hit the road for their final four matches. At home this season the Seminoles are 10-2.