May 13, 2010
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – In his final season with the Florida State men’s tennis team, Jean-Yves Aubone was recognized as the ITA Southeast Region Senior Player of the Year. Mat Cloer was also recognized but as the ITA Southeast Region Assistant Coach of the Year.
Aubone, a native of Miami, closes out his career as one of the most decorated players in Seminoles lore. Besides being only the second ACC Player of the Year to don Garnet and Gold, he is also the first two-time All-American at Florida State. Coming into the tournament he is on three career all-time lists. With 160 total wins, he is tied for fourth in overall career wins. He is tied for sixth in career doubles wins and tied for seventh in career singles wins.
“It’s not something I was thinking about,” said Aubone. “There are a lot of great players in our region, including Vahid (Mirzadeh) on our own team who has had a fantastic year. I’m just honored to just be able to bring this home to the team.”
Cloer, a native of Brevard, N.C., is in his third season at Florida State as an assistant coach. He was a stellar student-athlete at Florida State where he was the first player to earn All-American honors in singles and the first ACC Player of the Year. He has been an integral part of Aubone’s success at Florida State and has helped put three individuals in the top 70 in the nation in singles. The past two seasons, the team has reached the final site of the NCAAs while this year is still playing out.
“I feel very privileged to win it coming out of this region,” Cloer stated. “It’s one of the top regions in the country with great assistants from Georgia and Florida. I feel pretty lucky to have won it and very honored.”
The Seminoles return to the courts after a two week hiatus to face Boise State in the First Round of the NCAA tournament in Athens, Ga.