Nov. 1, 2007
Tallahassee, Fla.- Florida State’s men’s and women’s tennis programs will join forces this weekend to host the only home event of the season. The Seminole Invitational, which will be both teams’ final tournament of the fall, will begin Friday morning at 8:00 a.m. with men’s singles and conclude Sunday afternoon.
“We’re excited to wrap up our successful fall season at home,” said Florida State women’s head coach Jennifer Hyde. “Hopefully we’ll get some good community support for our only home event of the season. Competition is going to be good this year, but our goal is to finish up with a big statement at our own tournament.”
The men will welcome in one of the best fields in the history of the Seminole Invitational. Players from 15 schools will be competing including national powerhouses Georgia, Illinois, Florida and Mississippi.
“I’m really pleased with how strong our draw is,” said Florida State men’s tennis coach Dwayne Hultquist. “It’s the strongest draw we’ve ever had; there’s going to be some very good tennis. I remember the days when the field was filled with only regional teams and now we’re getting schools from all across the country. I think it shows where our program stands.”
Nine Seminole men will compete in the tournament. Senior Sam Chang (Young-Ming, Taiwan) and Jason Hood (Columbia, S.C.), juniors Drew Bailey (Tallahassee, Fla.), Ryan Boyajian (Weston, Fla,), Chris Cloer (Brevard, N.C.) and Maciek Sykut (Marathon, Fla.) sophomore Michael O’Shea (Boca Raton, Fla.), redshirt freshman Bobby Deye (Naples, Fla.) and freshman Clint Bowles (Tampa, Fla.) will all play in singles and doubles competition. Bowles is coming off his best collegiate performance, a semifinal appearance at the ITA Mideast Regional.
“He’s (Clint) played better each tournament,” said Hultquist. “I think one of the things I appreciate about Clint is he’s willing to work on some of the things that will make him a better player. He continues to have better results.”
All seven members of FSU’s women’s squad will compete in the tournament, with freshman Katie Rybakova leading the way as the No. 1 seed in the Garnet Bracket. Rybakova is fresh off an impressive run at the ITA Southern Regionals last month where she was the only unseeded player to make it to the semifinals.
Admission is free for the event as all A draw matches will be played at FSU while B and C draws will be played at both FSU and FAMU courts on Friday and Sunday mornings.. For up-to-date results visit www.seminoles.com.