May 16, 2004
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – After yesterday’s come from behind win over Marshall, the No. 27 Florida State women’s tennis team lost to Vanderbilt University in the second round of the 2004 NCAA Division I Women’s Tournament by final score of 4-1.
“I’m proud of the way (Florida State) played all year long,” said eighth-year head coach Lise Gregory. “Vandy’s a very well coached and well disciplined team. They’re by far the best coached team we’ve played all year.”
In doubles, junior Mihaela Moldovan (Bucharest, Romania/Emil Racovita) and freshman Roxanne Clarke (Cape Town, South Africa/Clapham) fought the second-ranked duo of Schmandt and Tsoubanos, losing 8-1. Senior Anca Dumitrescu (Bucharest, Romania/VCU) and newcomer Lindsay Deason (Fort Myers, FL/Boca Raton Prep) dropped the second match 8-2 to Falk and Menees, a pair that spent time in the 20 in the country but entered the tourney at #39.
After starting singles, Vanderbilt went up 2-0 on a tough match between Denny and Tsoubanos, that saw the four-year Seminole Christina Denny (Canton, Ohio/Bradenton Academy) lose 6-2, 6-2 in straight sets. Clarke brought the score to 3-0 when she lost to Fish at the number four spot, dropping both sets 7-5, 6-2.
Moldovan picked up her 26th singles victory, putting the first points on the board for Florida State 3-1, besting Kelly Schmandt, an NCAA individual singles tournament participant, in straight sets, 6-2, 6-1. Schmandt is ranked at #61 in the country while Moldovan is in the top 50 at #49.
“(Mihaela) played her game,” continued Gregory. “She played against (Schmandt) who’s in the individual singles tournament and bet her 0-and-3. ”
Sophomore Alina Mihailescu (Constanta, Romania/Mircea cel Batran) played tough at the number six position, exchanging the lead three imtes in the first set. Mihailescu ended up dropping the tightly-contested match 6-4, 6-3, to Annie Menees, giving the Commodores the win.
FSU had a 1-7 record after losing doubles entering today’s match. The lone win came yesterday at the hands of the Thundering Herd. The Seminoles dropped the doubles point to start the afternoon off. The Seminoles faced Vanderbilt for the third time in the postseason, dropping both prior matches by scores of 5-1 (1997) and 6-0 (1998).
Results Vanderbilt 4, Florida State 1 Doubles No. 1 #2 Schmandt/Tsoubanos (VU) d. Moldovan/Clarke (FSU), 8-1 No. 2 Falk/Menees (VU) d. Dumitrescu/Deason (FSU) 8-2 No. 3 Fish/Schellhas vs. Cordell/Denny (FSU) 7-4, susp. Singles No. 1 #34 Anca Dumitrescu (FSU) vs. #14 Audra Falk (VU) 6-3, 1-6, 1-2 susp. No. 2 #49 Mihaela Moldovan (FSU) d. Kelly Schmandt (VU) 6-2, 6-1 No. 3 Aleke Tsoubanos (VU) d. Christina Denny (FSU) 6-2, 6-2 No. 4 Amanda Fish (VU) d. Roxanne Clarke (FSU) 7-5, 6-2 No. 5 Lindsay Deason (FSU) vs. Ashley Schellhas (VU) 6-2, 2-6, susp. No. 6 Annie Menees (VU) d. Alina Mihailescu (FSU) 6-4, 6-3
Order of finish: Doubles - 1, 2, 3. Singles - *- clinched team victory