January 12, 2000 - by
Women’s Tennis Starts Spring Season On High Note

Jan. 12, 2000

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida State women’s tennis team
looks to return to the NCA Championships this year and has already gotten a
head start on the 2000 season, both on and off the court. The Lady
Seminoles not only were ranked No. 19 in the preseason Intercollegiate Tennis
Association rankings, but also excelled in the classroom during the fall
semester.

The Lady Seminoles, who have won the Golden Torch award for
the top GPA among all varsity sports for the last three years, are well on
their way to adding a fourth. The team recorded an overall GPA of 3.84 for
the Fall, 1999 semester, the highest among all varsity teams at Florida
State. This includes four players who had perfect 4.0’s and three others
who were over a 3.5. The four Lady Noles with straight A’s were sophomore
Alida Gallovits, junior Nanette Duxin, and seniors Kia Asberg and Ali
Weber.

“This team constantly amazes me,” said head coach Lise Gregory. “I
thought last years 3.7 was about as good as it gets so when I heard the GPA
for the Fall I almost fell off my chair. They really push each other and
it’s a great environment because they are truly making the most of their
college careers, both athletically and academically.”

Leading the way for FSU on the court will be Gallovits. Gallovits
will start the spring ranked 32nd in the country. Last season, as a
freshman, Gallovits won 15 matches at No. 1 singles and finished the year
ranked 68th in the nation. Gallovits, who hails from Timisoara, Romania,
makes up a 2000 Lady Seminole tennis team that returns six players who won
over 15 dual matches in 1999. Teammate Marina Raic set an FSU record with
31 overall wins in 1999 and Asberg led the Lady Seminoles with a 24-4 dual
match record.

The 19th-ranked Lady Seminoles will have their work cut out for
them when the 2000 spring dual match season gets underway. Sixteen of the
23 opponents for the Lady Seminoles this season were ranked in the ITA’s
pre-season poll. The Lady Seminoles will open the season at the ACC
Indoors, hosted by the University of North Carolina before opening the home
schedule with Georgia State and Georgia Southern. The women then go on the
road to face No. 16 Vanderbilt, No. 36 University of Iowa, No. 2 Florida and No. 47
Auburn before returning to Tallahassee for a long stretch of home matches.
Jacksonville, Florida International and Southern Mississippi will visit
Tallahassee, followed by No. 22 Louisiana State, No. 43 South Florida, No. 26 Miami,
No. 32 Baylor and No. 46 Tulane.

The ACC schedule for the Lady Seminoles will begin at home
with No. 27 North Carolina visiting Tallahassee in March. FSU will then go on
the road to take on No. 39 Maryland, No. 54 Virginia, No. 11 Wake Forest and NC
State. The women will finish the ACC schedule and regular season at home,
hosting No. 4 Duke, non-conference opponent the University of Utah, No. 49
Georgia Tech and No. 64 Clemson.

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