May 3, 2005
Tallahassee, Fla. – The Florida State University men’s and women’s tennis teams will learn whether or not they will be dancing come NCAA Tennis Championships time, on Wednesday, May 4, 2005 at BW3’s Restaurant – located at 1921 West Tennessee Street – in Tallahassee, Fla., at 4:00 p.m. The show begins at 4:30 p.m. with women’s selection while the men will be announced immediately following at 4:45 p.m. on ESPNews.
Dwayne Hultquist’s sixth season was the best for the men in a decade as the Seminoles have an 18-7 record going into the NCAA Tournament, May 13-15. Florida State moved up to No. 18 in the latest Intercollegiate Tennis Association poll – the highest rating for the school since a No. 16 rating in 1995 – after an appearance in the finals of the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament.
One of the most successful players in school and conference history, two-time ACC Player of the Year Mat Cloer (Brevard, N.C.) is the only player in Seminole lore to play in the NCAA singles tournament three-straight years with his appearance in this year’s draw. Fourth all-time at FSU with 82 singles victories, Cloer is ranked 26th nationally in singles while he and partner Ytai Abougzir (Boca Raton, Fla.) hold the No. 40 spot. This year Cloer earned All-ACC honors for the third time in his career and was joined by fellow senior captain Chip Webb (Chattanooga, Tenn.), the flight 6 singles champion.
The women’s team finished with an 11-11 record in Jennifer Hyde’s first season at FSU. Hyde, who captained one of the best squads in team history in 1994, led the Seminoles through a tough schedule with matches against nine teams ranked in the top-30 in the nation and one of the deepest and best leagues in the nation.
The highlight of the season has been the outstanding doubles play at all three positions. Led by senior Mihaela Moldovan (Bucharest, Romania/Emil Racovita) and junior Lindsay Deason (Ft. Myers, Fla./Boca Raton prep), the Seminoles have won at least ten matches at each position. Moldovan and Deason have been ranked as high as #8 this season and lead the team with 14 victories. Moldovan, who sits at No. 19 in the nation individually, leads the team’s singles lineup with 16 wins.