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Florida State Men’s Tennis Earn Highest Ranking In Program History Going Into ACC Season Opener

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Feb. 21, 2007

Tallahassee, Fla. –
After defeating Florida last Saturday, Florida State men’s tennis (6-2, 0-0 ACC) head in to this weekend’s Atlantic Coast Conference season opener against No. 26 Miami (4-4, 0-0 ACC) ranked number ten in the nation on the ITA/FILA Poll. No. 10 is the highest ranking Florida State men’s tennis have earned in program history to date. The previous highest ranking of No. 11 was earned in the 2006 ITA/FILA Preseason Poll after the Seminoles ended the 2005 dual season in the NCAA Championship Elite Eight.

“I’m pleased with the win over Florida now that we’ve moved into the top ten and this ranking shows we’ve made great strides in improving the program in the last ten years,” head coach Dwayne Hultquist said. “We won’t take for granted we have a big match this weekend against Miami. We know they’re a great team.”

Freshman, Jean-Yves Aubone (Miami, Fla.) also earned a No. 76 singles ranking on the ITA/FILA Poll. Aubone holds a dual match singles record of 3-2 with a ranked win earlier in the season over Notre Dame’s No. 30 Sheeva Parbhu on February 2.

The Seminoles and Hurricanes last met on January 30, 2006 in Coral Gables, Fla. where the No. 39 Hurricanes defeated No. 11 Florida State 7-0. Match play will begin at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 24 and held at the Scott Speicher Tennis Center. Live Stats can be found on www.seminoles.com and highlights of the match will be available next week on ACC Select.

Florida State Defeats Florida For The First Time In 10 Years
This past Saturday marked a huge victory for Florida State men’s tennis as they defeated the Florida Gators 4-3 for the first time in 10 years. The defeat was also the first loss of sixth-year Florida head coach Andy Jackson to an in-state opponent. The Seminoles last defeated the Gators on February 25, 1997 with a 4-3 come-from-behind win in Gainesville, Fla. under the direction of former head coach David Barron.

Seminoles Continue Home Advantage Streak
With last week’s win over Florida, Seminoles men’s tennis improved their home-court winning streak to a 9-0 record. The streak began in the 2006 dual match season with Florida State defeating Duke, NC State and Wake Forest and have continued the streak in to the 2007 season with wins over Florida A&M, North Florida, Florida Atlantic, Georgia State, Furman and Florida all at the Scott Speicher Tennis Center.

Chef Hultquist To Appear on WCTV6
He has 106 career wins, made four consecutive appearances to the NCAA Tournament, but few people know head coach Dwayne Hultquist can cook a mean dish of stromboli. On Monday, March 19, tune in to the WCTV6 Morning Show as Coach Hultquist appears on the “Celebrity Chef” segment.

Gators Return to Tallahassee
On Wednesday, February 28, No. 58 Florida State women’s tennis take on No. 4 Florida at 4:00 p.m. Matches are held on Florida State’s campus at the Scott Speicher Tennis Center where admission to all matches is free.

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