April 18, 2002
RALEIGH, N.C. – The Florida State women’s tennis team defeated the Maryland Terrapins this morning at the Millbrook Exchange Park in the first round of the ACC Tournament. The Seminoles advance to the semifinal round against North Carolina, the No. 2 seed. That match will be played Friday at noon. Today’s match exemplified what would be expected from a tournament featuring so many competitive teams, as the ACC features eight teams ranked in the top 60 nationally, three of which are in the top ten.
The Terps took the first point of the match by winning the no. 1 and no. 2 doubles matches. Due to the time constraints of the tournament, the third doubles match was halted to begin singles matches, as previously decided by the ACC.
In singles, the Seminoles quickly jumped ahead to 2-1 lead with straight set victories by Jessica Balbuena and Lauren Walker at the no. 4 and no. 5 positions, respectively. Walker defeated Emily DeCamilla in a 6-3, 6-2 decision, while Balbuena overcame Marta Jedrzejak 6-0, 6-3. Sophomore Anca Dumitrescu, ranked 42nd nationally, lost in the third set to Delila Causevic at the no. 1 spot. That evened up the team score at two apiece with three matches still in progress.
Freshman Meredith Fish soon gave the Seminoles the 3-2 lead with a no. 6 singles victory over Chloe Chavardes in a three set decision, 6-1, 5-7, 6-1. Christina Denny won her first set over Mayland’s Pam Floro 6-2, however, during the second set she had to leave the court due to illness. She was able to return and complete her match, but it wasn’t enough as Floro took the match.
The match was then tied at three apiece leaving the fate of the match hanging on the decision of the no. 2 singles match between senior Alida Gallovits and Maryland’s Emily Marker. Things were looking down for Gallovits in what could have been her final career match, as she lost the first set 6-4, and was down 4-2 in the second set. However, Gallovits fought back to win the next four matches and force a third set. Marker and Gallovits kept the match close causing the third set to be decided in a tiebreak, which Gallovits won 7-5, giving the Seminoles the victory.
“I am proud for the whole team. We competed extremely hard today,” said head coach Lise Gregory. “I am so happy for Alida because she is a senior and she played like the leader she is. She handled it like a champion.”
The Seminoles return to action against the No. 2 seed North Carolina Friday at 12 p.m.
Florida State 4
No. 1 Delila Causevic (UMD) def. Anca Dumitrescu (FSU) 6-2, 0-6, 6-1
No. 2 Alida Gallovits (FSU) def. Emily Marker (UMD) 4-6, 6-4, 7-6 (5)
No. 3 Pam Floro (UMD) def. Christina Denny (FSU) 2-6, 7-6 (4), 6-3
No. 4 Jessica Balbuena (FSU) def. Marta Jedrzejak (UMD) 6-0, 6-3
No. 5 Lauren Walker (FSU) def. Emily DeCamilla (UMD) 6-3, 6-2
No. 6 Meredith Fish (FSU) def. Chloe Chavardes (UMD) 6-3, 6-7 (3), 6-1
No. 1 Causevic/Marker (UMD) def. Balbuena/Walker (FSU) 8-1
No. 2 DeCamilla/Jedrzejak (UMD) def. Denny/Gallovits (FSU) 8-3
No. 3 Floro/Chavardes (UMD) def. Dumitrescu/Beth Lawrence (FSU) DNF