March 17, 2004
Tallahassee – The Florida State women’s tennis squad (12-4, 2-0 ACC) travel to North Carolina to face No. 75 N.C. State (0-2 ACC) and No. 38 Wake Forest. The Seminoles opened Atlantic Coast Conference action with big wins on the road. The Tribe bested No. 50 Maryland and No. 41 Virginia, in convincing fashion, allowing a combined three points between both teams.
Seminoles Against the Wolfpack
FSU is 12-1 all-time against N.C. State with the last Tribe victory coming in 2003 by a score of 6-1. The Seminoles earned the first point of the day, as they were victorious in two of three doubles matches. Then-sophomore Mihaela Moldovan (Bucharest, Romania/Emil Racovita) and Beth Lawrence, playing at the No. 2 position, knocked of NC State’s Carmen Torres and Danielle Stadelmann by a score of 8-0. In No. 1 doubles, then-sophomores Amberly Tantee (Dana Point, CA/Futures) and Daniela Gheorghe (Delray Beach, FL/Fresno State) defeated Kristin Lam and Loni Worsley, 8-6. In singles, FSU took five of six matches en route to winning its second conference contest.
FSU vs. Wake
The Demon Deacons hold the a 4-17 advantage against the Tribe since starting play in 1992 when FSU joined the ACC. In 2003, the Garnet and Gold won a tightly-contested match, 4-3, despite Wake Forest picking up the doubles point. FSU took four singles matches in wins by then-juniors Anca Dumitrescu (Bucharest, Romania/VCU), Christina Denny (Canton, Ohio/Bradenton Academy), Brooke Cordell (Soddy Daisy, TN/Tennessee) and then-freshman Alina Mihailescu (Constanta, Romania/Mircea cel Batran).
Moldovan Undefeated in Singles’ Season
Junior Mihaela Moldovan (Bucharest, Romania/Emil Racovita) has 16 wins in singles matches in 2004 against NO LOSSES. The reigning NCAA South Region Rookie of the Year remains undefeated and has big wins over higher ranked Tulane (No. 27), LSU (No.44), Maryland (No. 50), Virginia (No. 43) 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. The second-year student-athlete set the school record for most consecutive matches win and now is in the top ten singles season records.