March 18, 1999
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The men’s and women’s tennis teams will play at Scott Speicher Tennis Center on Saturday in a tennis doubleheader. The women’s team will host the University of Virginia beginning at 9:30am. The men’s team will then play against Clemson University at 2:00pm. This doubleheader marks the final Kids Day of the season. Activities for Kids Day begin at 9:00am. Kids will have a chance to practice on the courts before the matches begin and can win free Beanie Toys and Visors. There will also be free popcorn for spectators on the upper level of the Scott Speicher Tennis Center.
The women’s team open it’s ACC season against the University of Virginia. Last year, the Lady Seminoles finished a disappointing 2-6 in ACC competition. This year, Florida State is off to one of it’s best starts ever and heads into ACC play with a record of 13-3. Four of the six matches the Lady Seminoles dropped in ACC play last year were by one point, 5-4. Both wins were also by the close margin of 5-4. Including, FSU’s victory over Virginia in Charlottesville. Last year, UVA took two of three doubles matches but lost two of six singles matches. This year Florida State’s singles play is leading the way again. Each of the six starters for FSU, has won nine or more times this dual match season. Two of the those players come into the match against Virginia with ten match winning streaks. Junior Kia Asberg is one of them, and she leads the team with a record of 15-1 this spring. Freshman Marina Raic is the other owner of a ten match winning streak and her record this spring is 14-2. The women’s team is the fourth highest ranked ACC team in the country, only Duke (#2), Wake Forest (#16), and Virginia (#32) are ranked higher than the Lady Seminoles (#35).
The men’s team enter’s it’s match with Clemson University, 2-2 in the ACC. After finishing last season in fifth place, the Seminoles look to make an impact in the ACC this season, with three returning senior starters and one returning junior starter. Last time out, the Seminoles defeated Virginia, 4-3. It was an exciting match that came down to a third set tiebreaker between FSU’s Yvo Niks and UVA’s John Winter. Niks pulled out the tiebreaker 7-5, breaking the powerful serve of Winter five times. “In a tiebreaker anything can happen, I just broke him one more time than he broke me,” said the victorious Niks. Niks is one of the three seniors back this season hoping to put the Seminoles at the top of the ACC. He is joined by fellow seniors, Ty Braswell and Davidson Kozlowski. Braswell was FSU’s highest ranked player this season and plays No.1 singles and doubles for the Seminoles. Braswell’s doubles partner is Kozlowski, the two of them are 9-4 this spring.
In singles, Kozlowski has had an up and down season, marked by a back injury and an impressive drubbing of then #2 in the country, Virginia’s Brian Vahaly. With four ACC matches remaining the Seminoles must get healthy in a hurry. Outside of Kozlowski, the Seminoles have had four other players sit out of matches for various health reasons. Junior Mike Ingham was the latest, missing the UVA match wih the flu. Freshman Noah Schnell, a solid newcomer with excellent potential, missed the first part of the spring season with a broken finger. Ingham and Schnell should be fully recovered soon, but perhaps the biggest loss this season has been senior Steve Weinstein, who last year won 17 matches. Weinstein is attempting to overcome a back injury and is practicing with the team in hopes of returning to the lineup soon.