April 17, 2008 - by
Three Seminoles Named To All-ACC Tennis Team As No. 10 FSU Prepares For ACC Tournament

April 17, 2008

Altamonte Springs, Fla. Three Seminoles were named to the All-ACC tennis team as the 2008 ACC Tournament began play Thursday at Sanlando Park in Altamonte Springs, Fla.  Sophomore Jean-Yves Aubone, freshman Clint Bowles and senior Sam Chang all earned honors as Florida State tied Virginia and North Carolina for most players on the All-ACC team.


“I’m very proud of the three guys getting All-Conference,” FSU head coach Dwayne Hultquist said.  “It’s a great honor to make the team especially when a couple of those guys don’t get a chance to play at No. 1.  It’s the most we’ve ever had make it in one year and it is a great reward.”


Aubone is ranked No. 19 in the country with a 15-5 dual match record including a 8-2 ACC mark.  The Miami, Fla. native is 10-5 against ranked players this season and has played at the No. 1 position for the Seminoles all year.


“Jean-Yves [Aubone] has just had a tremendous year,” Hultquist said.  “He’s ranked in the top 20 in both singles and doubles and there are only a few guys in the country who can say that.”


In his first season of collegiate tennis, Bowles compiled a 13-9 record and a 5-6 ACC mark.  He is ranked 75th in the nation and together with Aubone the pair is ranked 15th.  Bowles also earned two ACC Player of the Week awards during his freshman campaign.


“For Clint [Bowles] to come in as a freshman and be All-Conference is a terrific honor,” Hultquist said.  “He really has played tremendous for us this season.”


Playing in his senior season, Chang earned his first career All-ACC nod after a fantastic 10-1 ACC record including an eight match winning streak during conference play.  The Young-Ming, Taiwan native also earned his 150th career victory at FSU and ranks in the top 10 in singles, doubles and overall career wins at Florida State.


“I’m really proud of Sam [Chang] being able to get this honor in his last year,” Hultquist said.  “The string of matches that he was able to put together at the end of the year was great and he just competed so well for us this year.”


Florida State begins play at the 2008 ACC Tournament on Friday, March 18 after earning a first round bye with a 9-2 conference record.  The Seminoles will play the winner of the Duke versus Boston College match-up at 3:00 p.m.  The 9-2 ACC mark is FSU’s best ever conference finish and earned the Garnet and Gold a number three seed.


“We feel good, but it has been a hard week going through finals and a lot of tests,” Hultquist said.  “I think the guys seem really fresh and are excited about being here.”


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