April 16, 2007
Tallahassee, Fla. –
Florida State men’s tennis team will be heading to the 2007 Atlantic Coast Conference Men’s Tennis Championship this week, April 19-22, at Cary Tennis Park in Cary, N.C., where the Seminoles hold the No. 6 seed. The Seminoles will play round one against the No. 11 seeded Maryland Terps on Thursday, April 19 at 3:00 p.m.
First round action will begin on Thursday with a pair of early morning matches. Georgia Tech, the ninth seed, will look to avenge a loss from the regular season against No. 8 seed Miami (10-12, 5-6 ACC), while No. 12 seed Boston College (4-17, 0-11 ACC) takes the court against No. 5 seed Clemson (25-8, 6-5 ACC).
Afternoon matches will feature No. 10 seed Virginia Tech (12-11, 3-8 ACC) battling seventh-seed NC State (20-8, 5-6) at 12 noon, and No. 11 Maryland (10-10, 2-9 ACC) facing No. 6 seed Florida State (14-8, 6-5 ACC) in the last match of the day at 3 p.m.
Virginia, which has either won the regular-season title outright or shared the prize the last four years, picked up the top overall seed after finishing the 2007 regular season with a perfect 11-0 record in conference action. The Cavaliers became the first team in ACC history to finish with 11 ACC wins in a season.
Earning the No. 2 seed, North Carolina looks to collect another league championship crown. The Tar Heels currently own a league-best 25 championship crowns, all outright except for two. The last time UNC took home the ACC championship title came in 2002.
The pressure to defend this year’s ACC championship title will fall on No. 3 seed Duke. The Blue Devils (15-8, 8-3 ACC) have captured a total of 12 championships, including 10 in the last 14 years.
Seeking its first ACC crown will be the Demon Deacons of Wake Forest. The Deacs earned the No. 4 seed after finishing fourth in points in the conference regular-season standings with a 20-5 overall mark and 7-4 in league play.
2007 ACC MEN’S TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIP
April 19-22, 2007
Cary Tennis Park
Thursday, April 19
No. 9 seed Georgia Tech vs. No. 8 seed Miami – 9:00 a.m.
No. 12 seed Boston College vs. No. 5 seed Clemson – 9:00 p.m.
No. 10 seed Virginia Tech vs. No. 7 seed NC State – 12:00 p.m.
No. 11 seed Maryland vs. No. 6 seed Florida State – 3:00 p.m.
Friday, April 20
No. 1 seed Virginia vs. Seed 8/9 – 9:00 a.m.
No. 4 seed Wake Forest vs. Seed 5/12 – 9:00 p.m.
No. 2 seed North Carolina vs. Seed 7/10 – 12:00 p.m.
No. 3 seed Duke vs. Seed 6/11 – 3:00 p.m.
Saturday, April 21
Semifinal 1 – 10:00 a.m.
Semifinal 2 – 1:00 p.m.
Sunday, April 22
Championship Match – 11:00 a.m.
Support Florida State Men’s And Women’s Tennis In North Carolina!
Fans are invited to cheer on both the men’s and women’s tennis teams in round one of the ACC Championships. Starting at 12:00 p.m., the No. 5 FSU women’s tennis team will take on No. 12 Boston College at the Cary Tennis Park in Cary, N.C. while the No. 6 men’s tennis team will begin at 3:00 p.m. against the No.11 Maryland Terps. Please contact Kat White, firstname.lastname@example.org or 850-644-5653 if you would like to add your name to the Complimentary Admissions Pass List for Thursday’s matches.
Although Florida State has never won an ACC Championship title, the Seminoles earned their highest finish of third place in 2005 after falling to Virginia 4-1 in the finals. Last year, the Seminoles fell short in the semifinals to Duke 4-2 after a rain delay forced teams indoors. This will be Florida State men’s tennis 16th appearance at the ACC Championships with their first in 1992. Senior and co-captain Jonathas Sucupira (Sao Paulo, Brazil) earned All-ACC Honors his 2004 rookie season while other current senior and co-captain Ytai Abougzir (Boca, Raton, Fla.) earned All-ACC Honors in 2006.