Feb. 19, 2005
Tallahassee, Fla. – For the third straight season, the No. 34 Florida State women’s tennis team (2-3) dropped a heartbreaker to No. 15 Tulane. Despite the Green Wave’s top-15 ranking, Florida State was edged by a single point for a final team score of 4-3.
“Any time you lose by one point it is a heartbreaker,” said first-year head coach Jennifer Hyde. “We just came up a little short. We played really well though. The opportunity was there but we just couldn’t get the last point. It wasn’t from a lack of effort because the team fought and fought and just fell short. That happens sometimes. A lot of very good things came out of the match again. We competed hard and very well. They were in the match with the No. 15 team in the country until the last ball was hit.”
In singles, FSU won at the number one, five and six flights to put points on the board. Moldovan bested Maria Ivanov, 6-4, 6-2 while rookie Tapiwa Marobela defeated Ana Saaibi in three sets, 6-7, 6-3, 6-2. Senior Amberly Tantee (Dana Point, Calif./Futures) won in the six position besting Michelle Stoller, 6-0, 6-0.
FSU plays LSU tomorrow at noon in Baton Rouge, La., to complete its two-match road trip.
No. 15 Tulane 4, No. 34 Florida State 3
No. 1 #49 Ivanov/Ivanov (TU) d. Moldovan/Deason 9-7
No. 2 Smekodub/Kuehn (TU) d. Clarke/Foley, 9-8
No. 3 Magas/Saaibi (TU) d. Tantee/Marobela, 8-4
No. 1 #42 Mihaela Moldovan d. #112 Maria Ivanov (TU), 6-4, 6-2
No. 2 #81 Jenny Kuehn (TU) d. Lindsay Deason, 6-3, 6-4
No. 3 #64 Darya Ivanov (TU) d. Roxanne Clarke, 6-2, 2-6, 7-6(9-7)
No. 4 #106 Dorottya Magas (TU) d. Miranda Foley, 6-2, 6-4
No. 5 Tapiwa Marobela d. Ana Saaibi (TU), 6-7, 6-3, 6-2
No. 6 Amberly Tantee d. Michelle Stoller (TU) 6-0, 6-0