October 26, 2001 - by

Oct. 26, 2001

The 2001 ITA Regional Tournament brought more than 100 student-athletes from 25 top schools at the tennis center of the University of South Alabama, as they compete for the final trophy and a spot at the Indoor National Championships that will take place this November.

The first day of competition included the first and second rounds of the A
and B singles draws and the first round of doubles. After a summer of injuries that kept FSU player Christina Denny out of the fall tournaments, the sophomore proved her talent and ability to recover in the first round of the B draw as she defeated Stephanie Ginsburg from Birmingham Southern College in straight sets 6-0, 6-0.

“Despite the cold, windy conditions, I felt like my confidence level was
pretty high for my first match back from my past injuries,” commented the 19
year old on her performance.

FSU junior Beth Lawrence also qualified for the second round of the B draw
as she defeated Catherine Maum from Birmingham Southern College. After being
down 3-4 in the first set, the Lady Seminole managed to come back and win
both the set and the match without losing another game.

In the A draw, FSU senior Jessica Balbuena fell to Monica Schmid from the
University of Alabama Birmingham in a match that was a thriller both for the
players and for the coaches. After winning the first set 6-3, Jessica lost
the second one with the same score and was 2-0 down in the beginning of the
third set after almost two hours of playing. The Lady Seminole managed to
break back and equal the score at two all. For the rest of the final set
the players went head to head and so it was the tiebreak that decided the
fate of the game. After being down 3 match points in the tiebreak, Balbuena
hit a couple of great shots and came back to 5-6. A very lucky net-cord
forehand would eventually bring the player from UAB the point and the victory.
Later Balbuena would win her consolation round against FAMU’s Dia
Collins and the doubles with her teammate Lawrence as they defeated
Stephanie Ginsburg and Vandiver Vanessa from Birmingham Southern College.

Last but not least, FSU sophomore Anca Dumitrescu qualified for the third
round of the A draw as she defeated Jayne Hutchinson from Troy State
University and Laura Ozolins from Georgia Tech, both in straight sets.

“Overall the girls’ performances today were pretty good especially considering the tricky weather conditions. It was particularly good to see Christina back on court after a long layoff,” commented FSU Coach Lise Gregory.

The Lady Seminoles will be back in action tomorrow morning at 9am., as
Lawrence, Denny, and Dumitrescu will play for a spot in the quarterfinals.

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