Sept. 20, 2007
Tallahassee, Fla. – Florida State men’s tennis will be spread out across the southeast this weekend as the Seminoles prepare to play in three tournaments.
FSU will send three of its top players to the University of Georgia for the Southern Intercollegiate. Senior Sam Chang, (Young-Ming, Taiwan), sophomore Jean-Yves Aubone (Miami, Fla.) and freshman Clint Bowles (Tampa, Fla.) all will play in Athens this weekend.
“It’s exciting, another new year and it’s the last year (senior season) as well,” said Chang. “It’s important because it keeps you confident and it can also give you match play and match experience. It’s just a preparation for the regular season.”
“Georgia won the national title last year and they have a lot of good players there,” said head coach Dwayne Hultquist. There will be a lot of SEC and ACC teams there, it’s usually one of the better fall tournaments in the country. It’ll be a good opportunity for them and hopefully we’ll get some ranked wins.”
The Southern Intercollegiate will mark the debut of one of the nations’ best freshman in Bowles, who begins the year as the second highest ranked freshman in the FILA/ITA rankings at No. 105.”
“I’m pretty excited, it’ll be a new thing for me,” said Bowles. “I’m going to take it as it goes, no expectations really. I’ll just go there and see what happens”
“Clint’s a highly ranked recruit coming in and it’ll be his first opportunity to see what college tennis is all about,” added Hultquist.
FSU will be led by Aubone, who begins the season ranked 70th in the FILA/ITA rankings.
“It’s a tough tournament, I’m expecting some good things,” said Aubone. “I feel like I’m prepared, I’ve already gotten a couple of tournaments on the professional circuit before I came here. I feel ready to go.”
“The tournament in North Carolina is also going to be very strong,” said Hultquist. “I know North Carolina has a lot of good players competing. Maryland has a couple guys there that will be good so there’s going to be a lot of ranked players there.”
In Orlando, junior Drew Bailey (Tallahassee, Fla.), sophomore Michael O’Shea (Boca Raton, Fla.) and redshirt freshman Bobby Deye (Naples, Fla.) will compete in the 2007 C.L. Varner Memorial Tennis Invitational at Rollins College.
“There will be a lot of smaller Division I schools,” said Hultquist. “Central Florida, Florida Gulf Coast, Stetson, those kind of schools will be playing there and it will be a great opportunity for our guys to see if they can come through and win a tournament.”
All three tournaments begin Friday. For updated results throughout the weekend, visit www.seminoles.com.