Feb. 28, 2008
Tallahassee, Fla.- No. 16 Florida State men’s tennis starts its most difficult stretch of the season Friday, February 29 when they open ACC competition against No. 36 Georgia Tech at 5:00 p.m. at the Scott Speicher Tennis Center. Entering Fridays match-up, FSU begins a stretch of playing 12 consecutive ranked teams.
The Seminoles (7-1, 0-0) finished sixth in the ACC last season while the Yellow Jackets (8-1, 0-0) placed ninth. Last season Florida State was upset by Georgia Tech in Atlanta 4-3. FSU had just reached the school’s highest ranking at No. 10 when the Jackets upended the Seminoles on the strength of sweeping doubles and three, three-set singles victories.
Florida State comes into Friday’s match-up on an emotional high after winning a dramatic 4-3 contest against No. 22 Pepperdine. FSU used a pair of third-set tiebreakers by No. 35 Jean-Yves Aubone and freshman Clint Bowles to clinch the match. Aubone defeated the No. 16 ranked player in the country to tie the score at three and Bowles sealed the match with his upset of No. 22 Bassam Beidas. The Tampa, Fla. natives victory helped earn him the ACC Performer of the Week honors and keep the Seminoles unbeaten at home. FSU has only lost one home match in its last 16 contests and that was a 4-3 decision to No. 3 Virginia in 2007.
Florida State will have one day off before welcoming No. 25 Texas A&M to Tallahassee on Sunday, March 2. The match begins at 1:00 p.m., for results from both of the Seminoles matches this weekend visit www.seminoles.com.