Feb. 13, 2004
Tallahassee – The No. 54 Florida State women’s tennis team (5-0) will head to Birmingham and Tuscaloosa to face UAB and No. 30 Alabama.
In the last outing, the Noles’ contest against Auburn on Thursday was cancelled for the second time in as many years due to rain. Prior to Thursday, the match between FSU and Rice was postponed due to rain but played the following day at 8:30 a.m. Florida State eventually took the match 5-1, only playing singles.
The Garnet and Gold will head to UAB for the first time in the spring season since 1988. FSU was victorious in the first meeting with the Blazers, winning the match 7-2. During the fall of 2003, the Tribe played members of the Blazers’ squad in the historic Roberta Allison Fall Classic. Florida State posted three singles wins and seven doubles wins in as many tries against UAB. Freshman Roxanne Clarke defeated Femke de Boer 6-3, 6-4 in the ITA Southern Regionals Singles Consolation match while juniors Amberly Tantee and Daniela Gheorghe defeated Boer/Maier-Knapp, 8-6 n doubles to win the Classic’s Flight A Doubles title.
Since the beginning of the spring 2004 season, the women’s tennis team has gotten off to a fast start, winning all five of their first team matches. Junior Mihaela Moldovan, the reigning ITA South Region Rookie of the Year, and newcomer Lindsay Deason lead the team in singles wins with five. In the doubles area, fourth-year head coach Lise Gregory has used four different combinations to fill in her lineup. So far, the switch has made the difference – FSU has won 10 of 11 matches in that area.