May 11, 2002
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – After moving to the South Carolina Indoor Tennis Facility due to inclimate weather, the Seminoles were unable to overcome the 24th ranked Rams of Virginia Commonwealth University in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. With the 4-0 win, Virginia Commonwealth moves to 18-2 on the season and advances to the second round. The Rams will play the winner of the South Carolina/Hampton match at 2:00 p.m. Sunday. The Seminoles complete their season with a 12-15 record.
“We would have preferred to play outdoors but the rain forced us inside. It was harder for us to adjust to indoors because we never play inside,” senior Alida Gallovits said after the match. “”I don’t think that we played bad today. VCU just played better and beat us.”
In doubles, the Rams jumped out to a 1-0 lead after the 25th ranked tandem of Andrea Ondrisova and Martina Nedelkova took the no. 1 doubles match in an8-0 decision. VCU sealed the doubles point soon after when Cristina Gago and Jana Corollo defeated Anca Dumitrescu and Beth Lawrence at the no. 3 spot, 8-3.
Later in singles play, the Rams quickly won at no. 1, no. 2 and no. 4 singles to clinch the victory. Andrea Ondrisova defeated Dumitrescu at the no. 1 position, 6-3, 6-2. At the no. 2 singles position, Martina Nedelkova defeated Gallovits 6-2, 6-0. Senior Jessica Baabuena lost to Barbora Zahnova in the no. 4 singles match, 6-2, 6-1. The other matches were not completed due to the time constraints of the tournament.
“We played okay today. We took care of the things we needed to but I felt that VCU played very well. They beat us today,” head coach Lise Gregory said. “I was very happy with the way our players competed and fought, but VCU deserved to win.”