March 4, 1999
TALLAHASSEE, FL. — The Florida State women’s tennis team takes to the road this weekend for a six game spring break tour that will take them from South Florida to Texas.
The Lady Seminoles will first play this weekend in South Florida against #22 University of Miami and Florida Internationl University. After those two matches, the Noles will travel to Texas to face #46 Baylor on Tuesday, #36 Houston on Wednesday, #51 Rice on Friday, and #75 Tulane on Saturday before returning home to face the University of Virginia on Saturday, March 20th at 9:30am.
Florida State is 8-2 this season with their only losses coming against two top twenty teams, #1 Florida and #11 Vanderbilt. In February, the ladies won their first match against a top 20 team under Coach Gregory when they defeated #19 South Alabama, 5-1. FSU is currently ranked #48 in the country with new rankings soon to be released. They should move up as they are off to one of their best starts in recent history.
The Lady Seminoles are led by the country’s 48th ranked player sophomore Nanette Duxin. Duxin is surrounded by a strong supporting cast, as her 7 wins on the season are only the fifth most on the team. Junior Kia Asberg leads the team with a record of 9-1. Three other Seminoles have 8-2 records, including two freshmen, Marina Raic and Jessica Balbuena. Junior Ali Weber is also 8-2, and she teams with Asberg to form the nation’s 37th ranked doubles team. Weber and Asberg play No.2 doubles for FSU and have a record of 4-3. The No.1 doubles team consists of freshman Alida Gallovits and Duxin. They are 5-1 and are hoping to crack into the top 50 in the rankings soon.
On the road the Lady Seminoles will face a few ranked opponents. The University of Miami has #28 Lioudimila Skavronskaia. Baylor University is led by #53 Katja Kovac. The University of Houston boasts #57 Sarah Borwell and #88 Galina Seliounina. After this six game road trip the Lady Seminoles return home to begin ACC competition and a five game homestand.