March 15, 2007 - by
Florida State Men’s Tennis Take On Rice Friday At Noon

March 15, 2007

Tallahassee, Fla. –
After a four match road trip over spring break, the No. 31 Florida State men’s tennis team (8-5, 1-2 ACC) returns to the Scott Speicher Tennis Center on Friday, March 16 to take on the No. 17 Rice Owls (10-4) at 12:00 p.m. To two teams last met on March 8, 2006 where the Seminoles defeated the No. 57 Owls 4-3 in Houston, Texas at the Jake Hess Tennis Stadium.

After ending the spring break road trip with a 1-3 record, the Seminoles dropped to a No. 31 ranking this past week on the ITA/FILA Poll. Florida State fell short in doubles competition over the break, losing ever match the doubles point was not clinched by the Seminoles.

“I think we kind of have to improve our doubles up,” head coach Dwayne Hultquist said. “So you know I want to get to the point where we’re winning 70 percent of doubles matches.”

“We did more doubles practice this week just because, as you can see our records, every match that we’ve won, we’ve pretty much won the doubles point. Every match we’ve lost, we lost the doubles point,” captain Ytai Abougzir said. “So I think we really need to get on them at the beginning of the match, you know make a statement especially in doubles and carry it on to singles.”

On a positive note, Florida State’s Abougzir had a successful trip to the west coast earning two ranked victories in the number one singles position over Stanford’s #66 Richard Wire and #24 Andre Begemann of Pepperdine.

“I was pretty happy, and I played really well,” Abougzir said. “I felt good with my performance, singles and doubles and ready to take it to the next level right now.”

Free Fried Rice To First 100 Fans
Make sure to arrive early for Friday’s match as the first 100 fans to enter will receive free fried rice. Next, practice your own tennis game with the Nintendo Wii system available outsides the Scott Speicher Tennis Center prior to the match. Stick around for intermission for the Serve-A-Speed contest where crowd participants will have a chance to win prizes for the fastest clocked serve. Lastly, reach your hand in to a pot of gold tennis balls for a chance to win giveaways from Sports Illustrated on Campus and Bill’s Bookstore.

Dwayne’s Simple Stromboli
He has 108 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 at 7:40 a.m.

Women’s Tennis Receives Highest Ranking In Program History
Florida State women’s tennis had a successful spring break with victories over nationally ranked Wake Forest and NC State and the Seminoles’ hard work was acknowledged today with a No. 13 national ranking by ITA/FILA collegiate tennis. The ranking is the highest in program history. The Seminoles’ previous highest ranking was 1994’s final ranking of No. 17, which was current head coach Jennifer Hyde’s senior year. That season she was a NCAA Championship participant and served as team captain.

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