Jan. 16, 2008
Tallahassee, Fla.- If the Florida State men's tennis team is going to remain undefeated, they are going to have to rely on their depth in Honolulu, Hawaii. Four of the Seminoles top seven players could miss Thursday mornings match at 11:00 a.m. against St. Mary's because of illness.
"Right now our top three players Jean-Yves Aubone (Miami, Fla.), Sam Chang (Young-Ming, Taiwan) and Clint Bowles (Tampa, Fla.) as well as Bobby Deye (Naples, Fla.) have been sick since we got here," said head coach Dwayne Hultquist. "We're pretty sure we'll get one or two of those guys back, but some of our other guys are going to have to step up."
Hultquist said that Aubone, Chang and Bowles practiced briefly on Wednesday and could play Thursday against St. Mary's, a team that will pose a threat to FSU.
"St. Mary's is a pretty good team," said Hultquist. "They finished last year in the rankings so it is important that we come out and play well." While in Hawaii, Florida State (2-0) will mix in some sightseeing with their competition. The team will visit some of the islands historical landmarks such as Pearl Harbor.
"It's an unbelievable experience for our kids to come out here and see Hawaii," said Hultquist. "We'll do some sightseeing while we're here, we want to go see Pearl Harbor, but it is also important for us to focus on playing tennis."
On Friday the Seminoles will play host Hawaii who is led by No. 25 ranked Andreas Weber. The match will take place at 3:00 p.m. Hawaiian time. For match results visit www.seminoles.com.