April 30, 1999
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida State head coach Lise Gregory, in her third season at the helm of the Lady Seminole women’s tennis program, has been named Atlantic Coast Conference Coach of the Year, league officials announced today. Gregory has compiled 45 wins in three seasons at Florida State. In addition, junior Kia Asberg and freshmen Alida Gallovits and Marina Raic were named to the All-ACC Women’s Tennis Team.
With a 21-6 record thus far this season, Gregory has directed the team to its second winningest season in school history. The Lady Seminoles won over 20 matches for the first time in 17 years and and are currently ranked 19th in the country. In March, FSU put together an eight-match winning streak that was the longest such streak since 1984. The Tribe made great strides in the ACC this as FSU improved from a 2-6 record in 1998 to a 6-2 mark in 1999. The team reached the semifinals of the ACC Tournament before losing by one point to #17 Wake Forest. FSU’s six losses on the season all came against Top 25 teams, and of those six losses, four of them were by only one point.
In 1997, Gregory and assistant coach Tim Bauer took over a program that was 8-11 the year before. Gregory led the Lady Seminoles to a 12-11 record in 1997 and a 12-12 mark in 1998.
It is the first time in school history that Florida State has placed three players on the All-ACC team. Kia Asberg, from Sweden, who was 6-2 in the ACC this season, had a dual match record of 23-4 in 1999. Asberg, who played primarily at No. 5 and No. 6 singles, had a mid-season 15-match winning streak.
Alida Gallovits and Marina Raic were two of six freshmen to make this year’s team. Gallovits, from Romania, played No. 1 singles and No. 1 doubles for Florida State. She ended the season ranked 84th in the country in singles and along with teammate Nanette Duxin, was ranked #42 in doubles. Raic, from Germany, led the Lady Seminoles in victories this year with 31. Raic also had a 15-match winning streak. She started the season at No. 5 singles where she went 7-2, before finishing the season primarily playing No. 3 singles where she won 11 of 13 matches. Raic also teamed with fellow freshman Jessica Balbuena to form FSU’s No. 2 doubles team. For the year, Raic and Balbuena went 16-9.
The Lady Seminoles await announcement of the regional pairings, which will be released on Wednesday May 5th.