Florida State Men’s Tennis Faces No. 3 UCLA At 2008 NCAA Championships
May 16, 2008
Tulsa, Okla. –The 14th-ranked FloridaState men’s tennis team continues to prepare for the third-ranked UCLA Bruins on Friday, May 15 in Tulsa, Okla. at the 2008 NCAA Championships.The Seminoles match begins today at
One of the Seminoles strengths is the depth in their lineup one thru six.FSU has been great at the top of its lineup with three All-ACC performers and an All-American.FloridaState has a 54-24 at the top three positions and when this trio is performing at the top of their games, the Seminoles are unstoppable.
The backbone of the Seminoles squad, sophomore Jean-Yves Aubone has had a record setting year for FloridaState.Aubone is currently ranked No. 13 in the country and is an All-American after earning a 9-16 seed for the 2008 NCAA Singles Championships.The All-ACC performer has a 17-6 dual-match record and has beaten two top-ten players.Aubone is a consistent performer who has mastered every conceivable shot.The Seminoles are 15-2 when they win No. 1 singles and Aubone has been the main catalyst behind that.
“He’s really made some big strides this season,” FSU head coach Dwayne Hultquist said. “I feel like he’s the kind of guy who can find a way to win.”
Freshman Clint Bowles has been one of the Seminoles most clutch performers in 2008.Bowles leads FSU in wins with 27 and clinched region final match against South Alabama to send the Garnet and Gold to the round of 16.The left-handed All-ACC performer uses powerful ground strokes to dominate opponents including five victories in his last seven matches.The No. 2 position has been pivotal for FSU with Seminoles winning 17 out of 18 matches when they are victorious on court two.
“He’s won a lot of big matches for us and clinched the match for us to come here,” Hultquist said.“He handlespressure really well for a guys who’s a freshman.”
The teams only senior starter Sam Chang has had a phemomonal season at the number three position.Chang has moved into the top 10 in FloridaState history in singles, doubles and overall career victories.He holds a 12-4 record at No. 3 including a huge victory over the No. 5 ranked player in the nation Dominic Inglot of Virginia.Chang was one of the Seminoles best in three set matches holding a 7-3 record.He also had an eight match winning streak during the middle of the season that helped earn him All-ACC honors.
“Sam has had a really good senior year,” Hultquist said.“He was really carrying us for awhile in the middle of the year when he was winning so many matches.”
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