March 18, 2008
Tallahassee, Fla.- Florida State freshman Clint Bowles earned his second ACC Performer of the Week honor on Tuesday, March 18 after helping the Seminoles defeat two top 20 teams on the road last week.
“Clint [Bowles] has gotten himself on a nice little roll,” FSU head coach Dwayne Hultquist said. “He’s beaten three ranked players in a row and helped us beat a pair of top 20 teams.”
A native of Tampa, Fla., Bowles continued his impressive rookie campaign as he collected two ranked singles victories at the No. 2 spot. Last Tuesday, he posted a 6-3, 6-3 upset win over 37th-ranked Christoph Muller to give the Seminoles a 3-1 advantage and help FSU rally from behind for an overall 4-3 victory at No. 11 Rice. Bowles, listed at No. 91 in the country, then picked up his second ranked victory on Saturday after securing a 6-2, 6-4 win over 101st-ranked David Rosenfeld of No. 18 Miami.
Bowles, who is ranked 30th in doubles with sophomore Jean-Yves Aubone, went 1-1 at the top flight. The Garnet and Gold tandem knocked off Miami’s 15th-ranked duo of Daniel Vallverdu and Carl Sundberg, 8-3, but fell to 16th-ranked Muller and Ralph Knupfer, 8-5, from Rice.
The award is Bowles’ second performer of the week honor of the season and the teams third in four weeks. Aubone won FSU’s other ACC performer of the week award this season.
“It certainly shows that the guys at the top of our lineup are contributing and winning big matches,” Hultquist said. “I think it shows that our team has a bunch of different guys who can come through when we need them.”
Florida State returns to the courts Tuesday night against Clemson at the Scott Speicher Tennis Center at 5:00 p.m. For results visit www.seminoles.com