March 3, 1998
This Spring has been an exciting time marked with success on the team and individual fronts for Florida State tennis. Both teams are looking for return visits to the NCAA regionals and a shot to play in the championship tournament in 1998.
The men, coached by Dave Barron in his eighth season at FSU, are tied for the second best start in Seminole history with a mark of 8-0 and are currently ranked 36th in the nation. As the season enters it's second half, the team will have a tough road ahead as they begin their Atlantic Coast Conference schedule. This will include a visit from #7 Duke and in state rivals #9 University of Florida and the University of Miami.
Overall, the Seminoles have won a majority of their matches in dominating fashion. They defeated Stetson, Georgia Southern and Florida Atlantic in sweeps of 7-0, and beat Jacksonville, Old Dominion, and Southern Misssippi 6-1.
This quick start also included a major upset against the 14th ranked Sun Belt Conference champions University of South Alabama. The win marked the first time the men had beaten USA since 1988. In the match, No. 1 singles player Ty Braswell and No. 2 Alex Golub upset John James and Nic Chisholm the 40th and 41st ranked players in the college rankings respectively as Florida State went on to win 4-3.
So far, the Seminoles have received solid play from all one through six singles players. No Florida State player has more than two losses in dual match play and three players, Alex Golub, Yvo Niks and Steve Weinstein, are undefeated with six or more victories. In doubles action, the team of Ty Braswell and Yvo Niks are enjoying their second season of playing together. Switching between the No. 1 and 2 position with Davidson Kozlowski and Alex Golub, they have collected a record of 7-1 including an upset of #42 Patrick Boza and Hieronymous Rodriguez of Old Dominion.
In her second season, Lise Gregory has led the Seminoles to a 3-5 record and 1-3 record in the ACC. It has been tough for the ladies; they started off the conference schedule by losing the first three matches by the slim margin of 5-4. Yet, they rebounded on Sunday, March 1st, by defeating the University of Virginia 5-4.
As the season progresses on, things are looking up for the Lady Seminoles as they have ten of their 15 upcoming matches at home. Currently, the women have 1-0 record at the Scott Speicher Tennis Center having posted a 7-2 victory over Georgia Southern on February 7th.
A bright spot for FSU has been the play of sophomore Ali Weber. Weber, who is 5-3 in dual match play, shocked everyone by upsetting two nationally ranked players in the same week. She started off by beating then 35th ranked Anita Buggins of Georgia State 6-4, 6-1 . The win marked Weber's first victory over Buggins who had beat her twice in tournaments in the Fall. Weber followed up this impressive victory four days later with a straight set victory over #8 in the nation Dawn Buth of the University of Florida 6-4, 6-3. Weber has also teamed up with senior Helena Karlsson to give Florida State it's most consistent doubles team. With a 5-3 record in dual match play, the doubles team has played an important role in gaining victory for the Seminoles. Against Virginia, their 8-5 win over Paige Boiko and Kendall White clinched the team's important win.
As both team's continue to play and prepare for the ACC and NCAA tournaments, Florida State fans can look forward to more victories and exciting play from Seminole Tennis.