March 6, 2008
Tallahassee, Fla.- The Florida State men’s tennis team faces its toughest test to date as the No. 16 ranked Seminoles begin a three match road trip in Austin, Texas against the No. 4 Longhorns on Saturday, March 8.
“This is special for us since I coached at Texas for eight years and Nick [Crowell] played there for four years,” FSU head coach Dwayne Hultquist said. “Texas has always had a really good program and we’re looking forward to seeing how we stack up against a top-five team.”
FSU (9-1, 1-0) comes into the match-up as winners of three matches in a row including a 6-1 victory over No. 25 Texas A&M last Sunday. The player that most exemplifies the teams torrid start to the season, is sophomore Jean-Yves Aubone. The No. 24-ranked player in the country is 7-1 to begin the season including a 5-1 record against ranked players. Texas’ (12-2) only two losses in 2008 have come against No. 3 Georgia and No. 1 Virginia.
“He’s only lost one match all year and has been very consistent,” Hultquist said of Aubone. “That’s what you are looking for from a guy who is going to play at the top of your lineup, someone who is going to be good everyday and is going to beat a lot of strong people.”
The Seminoles continue their road trip on Tuesday, March 11, in Houston, Texas against No. 13 Rice. The Owls (8-2) already own three victories over ACC teams this season. In 2007 the Garnet and Gold upended Rice in Tallahasse, 5-2. Florida State will conclude its three match trip against ACC rivals Miami on Saturday, March 15. The No. 24 ranked Hurricanes (6-2) are led by the nation’s third-ranked player Daniel Vallverdu who owns a 7-1 dual-match record in 2008. Last season, FSU defeated Miami 5-2 at the Scott Speicher Tennis Center.
“Rice is really good, they have already beaten North Carolina and North Carolina St. who we know are really good teams,” Hultquist said. “A lot of our guys are from South Florida so Miami is always a big match for them and that’s something they take a lot of pride in.”
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