Feb. 16, 2005
Tallahassee, Fla. - Despite the 6-1 loss to the second-ranked team in the nation, the No. 34 Florida State women's tennis team took some solace in upset victories at the No. 1 singles and doubles flights against Florida on Wednesday, February 16 at the Scott Speicher Tennis Center in Tallahassee. Senior Mihaela Moldovan (Bucharest, Romania/Emil Racovita), alongside partner junior Lindsay Deason (Ft. Myers, Fla./Boca Raton Prep) upset the third-ranked doubles tandem in the country, before Moldovan took her winning ways to singles, sending No. 11 Jennifer Magley home with a loss.
Moldovan and Deason led the entire match in the 8-5 victory. The Gators would not let go of the last point taking the advantage over FSU twice before the Noles took the match win.
In singles, Moldovan fought for over two and a half hours against Magley. After being down 3-4 in the second set, Moldovan, who won the ACC Women's Tennis Performer of the Week honor for her play over the weekend, came back to tie the set at 4-4. The pair traded points until the super tiebreaker which Moldovan won 11-9. The final tally was 5-7, 7-5, 11-9.
"When she was down 3-4," said head coach Jennifer Hyde. "I walked over to her and told her she had a decision to make if she wanted to win the game. From that point on, she had a different attitude and mindset. It shows you that when she makes up her mind, she's going to be tough to beat. In doubles, she and Lindsay continued to dominate. They played the basics right and they just out-competed their opponents."
"At 3-2, I had two losing games," said Moldovan. "I started to think I might lose. Then Coach Hyde came over and talked to me and I realized that I had to step up. I just turned it around from that point (in singles). In doubles, Lindsay and I have a great chemistry. We stepped on the court and didn't think they were number three in the country. We just looked at them as the team to beat."
The Seminoles hit the road for two matches in Louisiana this weekend. FSU takes on No. 15 Tulane on Saturday, February 19 followed by a tilt at LSU on Sunday. Both matches are scheduled for noon starts.
No. 2 Florida 6, No. 34 FSU 1
Order of finish: Doubles - 2, 3, 1; Singles - 4, 5, 6, 3, 2, 1