Nov. 7, 2003
The Florida State women’s tennis team hosted squads from across the state and out of the region at the Lady Seminole Classic, taking place this weekend (Nov. 7-9) at the Scott Speicher Tennis Center.
Top seeded senior Anca Dumitrescu beat the University of Houston’s Miranda Foley 6-4, 6-2 after a first round bye. In doubles action, Dumitrescu teamed up with junior Mihaela Moldovan to oust Houston’s team of Dimovska/Martin 8-1. The pair heads to the semifinals to face fellow Nole tandem, juniors Daniela Gheorghe and Amberly Tantee. Tantee and Gheorghe bested UCF’s Fernandez/Westin 9-7 and then USF’s Taverna/Kolendo 8-5 in the first two rounds, respectively.
In doubles B, senior Christina Denny and sophomore Alina Mihaelescu topped Jacksonville’s Hajbane/Packer pair 8-6. In the same bracket, junior Natalie Tirapelli and newcomer Roxanne Clarke beat Miller/Blajer from Houston 8-5 and Bronn/Duncan from FAMU 8-1.
In singles A action, Mihailescu made it to the second round, defeating UCF’s Anna Westin before battling Marie Lord-Andrade, from UCF for a loss. Clarke bested FAMU’s Brown 6-1, 7-6 earning a spot against USF’s Gabriela Duch in the quarterfinals (facing Dimovska from Houston) after facing Kristina Lohmos from UCF – winning 7-5, 6-2.
In singles B action, Denny beat UCF’s Hunter 6-1, 6-0 to advance to the quarterfinals. The seniors will face Stetson’s Sophie Hartog in the quarterfinals. Senior Nicole Cercone, who faced FAMU’s Duncan, won in the first round 6-2, 6-0. Against Jacksonville’s Kristina Puck, the St. Petersburg, Fla. native bested Puck 6-4, 0-6, 6-0 earn a spot against Houston’s Martin in the quarterfinals.
Gheorghe defeated FAMU’s Mkhize 6-2, 6-0 after winning against the Cougars’ Kami Miller 6-3, 6-2. Gheorghe faces Pamela Fernandez of UCF in the quarterfinals tomorrow.
“Today I’m very pleased with how our players played. Alina played really well against some of the top players at other schools. I’m also pleased with the doubles, this season we haven’t been playing well but today we stepped up,” said eighth-year head coach Lise Gregory.
The Lady Seminole Classic continues tomorrow with doubles play in the morning followed by singles action, all beginning at 9 a.m.