March 11, 2004
Tallahassee – The Florida State women’s tennis squad (10-4) will head to Maryland and Virginia this weekend to open the Atlantic Coast Conference portion of the schedule. The Seminoles are coming off a homestand in which the Seminoles posted wins against USF, FIU, Michigan State and Penn State.
Since joining the Atlantic Coast Conference in 1992, the Seminoles are 54-40 (.574 winning percentage) in league play. In 2003, FSU finished 3-5 good for sixth place. The most conference wins in a season are six and the Tribe’s highest finish is third (both have been posted four and six times, respectively). In 1994, the Seminoles came in second in the ACC Championship Tournament to Duke.
Seminoles Against the Terps
FSU is 11-1 all-time against Maryland with the last Tribe victory coming in 2003 by a score of 6-1. The Seminoles won the doubles point behind senior Anca Dumitrescu (Bucharest, Romania/VCU) and a forfiet at the three spot. In singles, FSU took four of five matches to clinch the home victory and the team’s third win in conference action.
FSU vs. UVA
Florida State holds the advantage against the Cavaliers, taking 13 of 16 meetings since 1992, the Tribe’s first year in the ACC. Last season, the Garnet and Gold dropped a close match, 4-3, at home. The Seminoles came from a 3-0 deficit to tie the score at three, but fell to the Cavaliers in a battle by a score of 4-3 for their first conference loss.
Singles Loss for Moldovan a Rarity
Junior Mihaela Moldovan (Bucharest, Romania/Emil Racovita) is 14-0 this season in singles play this season. The reigning NCAA South Region Rookie of the Year has big wins over higher ranked Tulane (No. 27), LSU (No.44) and defending national champion Florida (No. 2). Moldovan upset the Gators’ #32 Julie Rotondi, playing out of the number two position, 4-6, 7-5, 10-6.