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FSU Tennis Players Represented In Preseason Rankings

Sept. 12, 2000

FSU's Xavier Luscan Ranked Among Nation's Top Players

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Florida State's Xavier Luscan, a junior on the men's tennis team, has been ranked No. 26 in the Collegiate Tennis Rankings for NCAA Division I men's singles, in preseason rankings released by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association on Monday.

Luscan, who hails from Paris, France, was one of six ACC players who were ranked in the ITA preseason top 30. As a newcomer last season, Luscan, who joined the team in January, went 16-8 overall, including a dual match record of 15-7 at No. 1 singles in the spring.

"Xavier showed last year that he is one of the leading players in the country," FSU Head Coach Dwayne Hultquist said. "For him to be ranked among the top players in the country, preseason, is very deserving. He is a very important part of our program and should continue to get better."

The Seminoles begin competition later this month at the Southern Intercollegiate, September 29-October 1, in Athens, Ga.

FSU's Women's Tennis Players In Preseason Rankings

Florida State women's tennis player Alida Gallovits has been ranked No. 39 in the Collegiate Tennis Rankings for NCAA Division I women's singles while she and Nanette Duxin are ranked No. 40 for women's doubles, in preseason rankings released by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association on Monday.

Gallovits, a junior from Timisoara, Romania, is the top returning player for the Lady Seminoles this season. With a 25-13 record last season, she ranked second on the team in victories, including a 16-10 dual match record playing at No. 1 singles in the spring. Gallovits has defeated seven ranked players during her two-year career, including four in 1999-2000.

"I expected Alida to have a nice ranking because she had such a great season last year," FSU Head Coach Lise Gregory said. "Based on the year she had, this is well-deserved. She worked hard this summer and I have already seen a difference. She's pretty determined and is really focused on getting better. She's set some high goals for herself and is prepared to do the work to achieve them."

Gallovits and senior Nanette Duxin, who hails from Montevideo, Uruguay, played No. 1 doubles for FSU most of last season and went 13-8. The duo finished strong, winning eight of their last 11 matches.

"Nanette has been a very consistent player for us," Gregory said. "She and Alida have played together for three years and have gotten a lot of good wins and are deserving of the ranking. Hopefully this season will be a reward for what Nanette has done throughout her career."

The Lady Seminoles will begin competition later this month, when they host the Lady Seminole Classic, September 29-October 1.

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