March 3, 2002
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - The 41st ranked Lady Seminoles hosted the Crimson of Harvard University on Sunday, March 3rd, at the Scott Speicher Tennis Center on the campus of Florida State University. The overcast weather left behind from thunderstorms, which passed through Tallahassee Saturday night, didn't dampen the spirits of Florida State's women's tennis team as they defeated Harvard, 5-2. The Lady Seminoles' next match is scheduled for Thursday, March 7th, when Florida State hosts the Spartans of Michigan State.
Florida State earned the first point of the day in doubles as they defeated Harvard in two of three matches. In a tiebreak, Jessica Balbuena and Lauren Walker, playing at the No. 1 position, earned the first Seminole win in doubles play as they defeated Alexis Martire and Sanja Bajin of Harvard, 9-8 (1). In No. 3 doubles, Anca Dumitrescu and Beth Lawrence defeated Fleur Broughton and Ashley Hyotte of Harvard in a tiebreak, 9-8 (10). Alida Gallovits and Christina Denny fell to Courtney Bergman and Susanna Lingman of Harvard in No. 2 doubles by a score of 8-4.
Earning the point in doubles play gave the Lady Seminoles momentum as they entered the singles portion of the match. At the No. 1 position, Dumitrescu, ranked 42nd in the nation, overpowered 21st ranked Courtney Bergman of Harvard, 6-1, 6-2. Senior Gallovits earned the third point for Florida State as she defeated Bajin by a score of 7-5, 6-4. In No. 5 singles, freshman Walker earned the fourth point of the day which clinched the match as she defeated Lara Naquchbandi of Harvard, 4-6, 6-4, 6-2. At the No. 6 position, Florida State freshman Meredith Fish gave Ashley Hyotte, ranked 138th nationally, a run for her money before Hyotte retired from the match. Prior to Hyotte's retiring, the score was 5-7, 7-6 (7), 3-3 (ret). Sophomore Denny fell to Lingman of Harvard in No. 3 singles, 2-6, 6-4, 7-5. Balbuena fell to Martire of Harvard by a score of 6-2, 6-3.
"We have been in so many close matches this season that have not gone our way," said head coach Lise Gregory. "Harvard is a very good team and this is a big win for our players."
The Lady Seminoles return to action on Thursday, March 7th, as they host the Michigan State Spartans. The match is scheduled for a 2:00 p.m. start.
#41 Florida State 5 #42 Harvard 2
No. 1 Anca Dumitrescu (FSU) d. Courtney Bergman (HU) 6-1, 6-2
No. 2 Alida Gallovits (FSU) d. Sanja Bajin (HU) 7-5, 6-4
No. 3 Susanna Lingman (HU) d. Christina Denny (FSU) 2-6, 6-4, 7-5
No. 4 Alexis Martire (HU) d. Jessica Balbuena (FSU) 6-2, 6-3
No. 5 Lauren Walker (FSU) d. Lara Naquchbandi (HU) 4-6, 6-4, 6-2
No. 6 Meredith Fish (FSU) d. Ashley Hyotte (HU) 5-7, 7-6 (7), 3-3 (ret)
No. 1 Balbuena/Walker (FSU) d. Martire/ Bajin (HU) 9-8 (1)
No. 2 Bergman/Lingman (HU) d. Gallovits/Denny (FSU) 8-4
No. 3 Dumitrescu/Lawrence (FSU) d. Broughton/Hyotte (HU) 9-8 (10)