Feb. 12, 2005
Tallahassee, Fla. – The No. 42 Florida State women’s tennis team (2-1) defeated the No. 33 Alabama Crimson Tide (2-2) at home on Saturday, February 12, 2005 at the Scott Speicher Tennis Center by a score of 5-2. FSU was led by senior Mihaela Moldovan (Bucharest, Romania/Emil Racovita) who defeated the eighth-ranked player in the nation in Robin Stephenson to clinch the win for the Seminoles. She also was one-half of the doubles duo that beat the twelfth-ranked pair in the nation.
“It feels really good to come off a weekend like this,” said first-year head coach Jennifer Hyde. “We spent the last two weeks working on a lot of things. We focused our energy on doubles and working on partnerships and it seems like we found some teams that are good playing together. I think the work we put in is definitely evident in the wins.”
From the beginning of the match, FSU and Alabama played each other point for point exchanging leads frequently. Team captains Roxanne Clarke (Cape Town, South Africa/Clapham) and Miranda Foley (Cambridge, England/Houston) were the first to secure a win, taking down the Tide’s tandem of Muller and Brenes by a score of 8-4.
Senior Amberly Tantee (Dana Point, Calif./Futures) and freshman Tapiwa Marobela (Garborone, Botswana/Clapham) climbed back from being down 2-0 and 5-3, tying the set at 6-6 but could not put the game away. Alabama’s team of Minor and McElveen won 8-6 to split the doubles matches.
The doubles point rested on the shoulders of Moldovan and junior Lindsay Deason (Ft. Myers, Fla./Boca Raton Prep) who faced one of the best doubles teams in the nation in #12 Robin Stephenson and Ashley Bentley. The critical point in the match came when Alabama was up 5-6 and had a 40-30 lead over the Seminoles, who were close to breaking at that point. The Tribe fought to 40-40 before taking the advantage and the game to even the set. The set continued with FSU and the Tide going set-for-set until the Garnet and Gold had the advantage at 7-7. On the next serve, Deason and Moldovan won, to pick up the eighth point and move to a tiebreaker. In the overtime set, the pair started with three straight points and then allowed Alabama three points, before picking up the final four and the upset 9-8 (3).
With the first point of the day on the Seminoles side, Florida State needed just three matches to upset Alabama. FSU came up with four picking up wins at the number one, three, four and six positions.
Clarke recorded the second team point of the day when she took a 6-3, 6-3 contest from Minor. Foley added another point to the scoreboard, besting Brenes in a two-set, 6-2, 6-2 victory. Moldovan fought off being down 2-3 and 3-4 in both sets during singles play to knock off Stephenson and clinch the team victory. Tantee won, playing out of the six slot, 6-4, 3-6, 10-4.
Florida State closes out the season-opening four-match homestand with a contest against No. 2 Florida on Wednesday, February 16 at 5:00 p.m.
#42 Florida State 5, No. 33 Alabama 2
No. 1 Moldovan/Deason (FSU) d. #12 Stephenson/Bentley (ALA), 9-8 (7-3)
No. 2 Clarke/Foley (FSU) d. Muller/Brenes (ALA), 8-4
No. 3 Minor/McElveen (ALA) d. Marobela/Tantee (FSU), 8-6
No. 1 Mihaela Moldovan (FSU) d. #8 Robin Stephenson (ALA), 6-4, 6-4*
No. 2 #75 Ashley Bentley (ALA) d. Lindsay Deason (FSU) 6-3, 6-3
No. 3 Roxanne Clarke (FSU) d. Melissa Minor (ALA), 6-3, 6-3
No. 4 Miranda Foley (FSU) d. Andrea Brenes (ALA), 6-2, 6-2
No. 5 Mari Muller (ALA) d. Tapiwa Marobela (FSU), 6-3, 6-2
No. 6 Amberly Tantee (FSU) d. Natalie McElveen (ALA), 6-4, 3-6 (10-4)
Order of finish: Doubles – 2, 3, 1 Singles – 5, 4, 3, 2, 1*, 6