Jan. 21, 2005
Tallahassee, Fla. - The No. 31 Florida State women's tennis program opens the 2005 dual match season on Sunday, January 23 for a doubleheader against the Baylor Bears (10:00 a.m.) and the Georgia Southern Eagles (2:00 p.m.) at the Scott Speicher Tennis Center in Tallahassee, Fla.
Against the Bears... FSU is 5-2 all-time against Baylor with the last victory coming in 2003. The Seminoles picked up a 4-3 decision over the Bears in Waco, Tex., including a match-clinching win by then-freshman Alina Mihailescu (Constanta, Romania/Mircea cel Batran). Current Seminole Mihaela Moldovan (Bucharest, Romania/Emil Racovita) picked up a win at the number one position in that match.
Against the Eagles... The Seminoles opened the 2004 campaign with a win in Tallahassee over Georgia Southern. FSU swept singles and doubles against the Eagles, moving the all-time record to 9-0. Florida State looks for its tenth win against the Georgia Southern program at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday afternoon.
In the Rankings... The Intercollegiate Tennis Association announced preseason rankings on January 11, with the Tribe coming in at No. 31 in the nation. Florida State remains in the Top 35 after losing two 25-match winners and almost half of their doubles lineup. The Seminoles ended the 2003-04 campaign with the 26th-best team in the country behind an 18-8 record.
Fall Tells the Tale... During the fall season, FSU played in a number of tournaments. Moldovan came out on top in the singles area with nine wins. That number should come as no surprise for two reasons - the senior picked up seven wins in fall action last year and went on to win 26 consecutive singles matches during dual match play in the spring. Sophomore captain Roxanne Clarke (Cape Town, South Africa/Clapham) and junior Lindsay Deason (Fort Myers, FL/Boca Raton Prep) led the Seminoles in doubles victories winning seven apiece.
Looking for Firsts... Florida State is looking for a number of firsts with the match-up this weekend. First-year head coach Jennifer Hyde is looking to coach her first match as Seminole leader. She is also looking for her first win.
Tough Schedule Ahead... Every season, Florida State plays a grueling schedule in and out of conference play. FSU plays a tough schedule with 16 teams ranked in the top 75 programs in the nation and seven in the Top 25. With the onset of ACC action, the Seminoles schedule gets tough as seven league teams are ranked including No. 3 Clemson, No. 8 Duke and No. 15 North Carolina. Conference newcomer Miami is ranked No. 12 and intrastate rival Florida sits at No. 2.
And the Captains are... Florida State named team captains during the first week of practice selecting sophomore Roxanne Clarke (Cape Town, South Africa/Clapham) and junior transfer Miranda Foley (Cambridge, England/Houston) as the team leaders. Clarke is one of the top returners from last season's squad, recording 17 dual match singles wins including seven in conference play. Foley, who played under Hyde at Houston, was an All-Conference USA first team selection, playing number one singles.