March 1, 2005
Tallahassee, Fla. - The No. 32 Florida State women's tennis team (2-3) starts the month of March with a stretch of five matches in ten days on two coasts when they head to Tampa, Fla., for a Wednesday afternoon match-up against USF at 2:00 p.m., at the USF Varsity Tennis Courts.
Movin' On Up... The Seminoles rose in the ITA individual and team rankings this week, with the squad moving up two spots to No. 32 after tough contests against two top-15 teams (No. 2 Florida and No. 15 Tulane). Senior Mihaela Moldovan (Bucharest, Romania/Emil Racovita) and junior Lindsay Deason (Fort Myers, Fla./Boca Raton Prep) jumped into the #8 while Moldovan moved up 26 spots to #16.
This Time Last Year... Florida State beat USF 5-2, for its sixth win of the season at home, during an unseasonably cold day in Tallahassee. En route to stopping a three-match slide, FSU swept doubles and picked up four of six singles matches. Current Seminole Alina Mihailescu (Constanta, Romania/Mircea cel Batran) clinched the match with a win in the number five position. Moldovan won her tenth singles match of the season.
Moldovan Earns ACC Scholarship... Moldovan is one of 29 student-athletes in the Atlantic Coast Conference who earned the Weaver-James-Corrigan Post Graduate Scholarship, given to those who intend on pursuing graduate studies. The selected student-athletes have shown academic achievement in the classroom, success in their respective sport as well as exemplary time and effort in the community. Moldovan is a CoSIDA Academic All-American and an All-ACC first team selection. She also is the only FSU women's tennis player in school history to go undefeated in dual match, single season play.
Rained on the Seminoles Parade... Rain has turned the 2005 Florida State schedule upside down. During the first weekend of action, FSU was forced to move the match against Georgia Southern to a date in April. The contest against Jacksonville was cancelled after inclement weather took over Tallahassee for the second consecutive weekend. Set to face the Tigers on February 20, the Tribe once again had to reschedule for later in the season due to heavy rains.
Looking Ahead... FSU heads to the west coast after the USF contest for a two-match stand in San Diego, California. First serve against San Diego is at 10:00 a.m., on March 6 and against San Diego State, the contest begins at 2:00 p.m.