Jan. 16, 2009
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The 11th-ranked Florida State men’s tennis team will open its season on Saturday at the Scott Speicher Tennis Center against Tennessee Tech and Florida Atlantic.
“We’re ready to get going,” FSU head coach Dwayne Hultquist said. “I’m excited to see how the guys are going to play and I think our team energy and enthusiasm are good and we’re really looking forward to the season.”
The Garnet and Gold open the season with Tennessee Tech at 12:00 p.m. FSU hold a 4-0 record against the Golden Eagles. The Seminoles finish the day with Florida Atlantic following the first match of the day. The team owns a 10-0 record against the Owls including a 7-0 victory to open the 2008 season.
“Both Tennessee Tech and Florida Atlantic have been ranked teams,” Hultquist said. “For them these are huge matches to be able to come in a play us here. We expect them to come in with a lot of energy and be ready to go.”
The Seminoles look to improve upon their trip to the NCAA Round of 16 in 2008. FSU has three players ranked in the top 80 in singles led by sophomore Clint Bowles at No. 29. Junior All-American Jean-Yves Aubone begins the year ranked No. 30 and senior Maciek Sykut is 79th. In doubles, the team of Aubone and Bowles begins 2009 ranked 23rd while Sykut and fellow senior Drew Bailey are ranked 47th.
“When you’re supposed to have a good year I think it’s important not to overlook anyone,” Hultquist said. “We need to be in the habit of playing good every single day and that’s one of the things we need to do if we want to win the ACC and make a run at NCAA’s.
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