May 1, 2008
Tallahassee, Fla.- Florida State men’s tennis players Jean-Yves Aubone and Clint Bowles have qualified for the 2008 NCAA singles and doubles championships in Tulsa, Okla., May 21-26. Aubone qualifed in both singles and doubles while Bowles will play with Aubone in doubles competition.
“It’s tough to do and I am really happy that I was able to do it,” Aubone said. “To make it in singles or doubles alone is tough, but I was very pleased that I was able to accomplish both.”
“Everybody at the NCAA’s is a really good player so there’s no such thing as an easy draw,” FSU head coach Dwayne Hultquist said. “Hopefully Jean-Yves [Aubone] can make a run and the goal for the doubles team is to win a couple of matches and earn All-American honors.”
The Miami, Fla. native is currently ranked No. 13 in the country in singles and will be one of the 9-16 seeds for the tournament. Being a top 16 seed automatically makes Aubone an All-American. He joins volunteer assistant coach Mat Cloer as the only two men’s singles’ All-Americans in Florida State history. The sophomore owns a 17-5 singles record on the season including two wins against players ranked in the top 10.
“I’m really proud of the fact that Jean-Yves [Aubone] earned All-American honors by being seeded,” Hultquist said. “That’s your first objective when you make the NCAA Tournament is to be an All-American and he’s already made that.”
“All of the guys in the tournament are top players,” Aubone said. “I am just happy to be playing and to have the chance to compete against them.”
The Seminoles also placed the team of Aubone and freshman Bowles in the doubles tournament. The duo is currently ranked No. 15 in the country and have combined for 26 wins on the season, one shy of tying the school record set in 2005 by Jeff Groslimond and Chris Westerhof. The pair hopes to become the first set of doubles’ All-Americans since Brian Stanton and Ken McKenzie accomplished the feat in 1995.
“For Clint [Bowles] being a freshman and being on a top-ranked team, that’s big for him to make it to the NCAA’s his freshman year,” Hultquist said. “They’ve been a very good doubles team for us this year and have won a lot of tight matches. They certainly have had a great year.”
Florida State is back in action beginning May 10 in the NCAA Tournament first round. The Seminoles are hosing a regional for the second consecutive season and play Samford on Saturday at 10:00 a.m. at the Scott Speicher Tennis Center in Tallahassee. For ticket information log on to www.seminoles.com or call 64-GOFSU.