Sept. 20, 2005
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Florida State men's tennis team, 2005 NCAA Elite Eight performers, released its 2005-06 schedule that includes possibly eight preseason tournaments and 11 opponents who finished in the top 40 Intercollegiate Tennis Association rankings last season, six of which finished in the top 25.
Head coach Dwayne Hultquist enters his seventh year at the helm of the men's program after leading the Seminoles to arguably their best year in Florida State history during their Cinderella run that ended in the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament. Florida State ended its magical season - which saw it reach the NCAA Sweet 16 for the first time in school history - with a 21-8 record. It was the Seminoles' first 20-win season in two decades. The honors were plentiful as senior Matt Cloer, a two-time ACC Player of the Year, received the national ITA/Arthur Ashe Leadership and Sportsmanship Award, the first national award for a FSU men's tennis player. Furthermore, Cloer became the first player in school history to earn All-American honors in singles with his victory over No. 9 Sven Swinnen that also made him the last conference player in the singles draw.
The Seminoles opened the fall season last weekend at the Thomasville Collegiate Invitational and Alabama Invitational. FSU will continue fall action this week (Sept. 23-25) at the Texas Invitational and Southern Intercollegiates. The ITA Regional Championships and National Indoors are Oct. 19-23 and Nov. 3-6.
The regular season gets started Jan 14-16 at the National Tennis Classic in Indian Wells, Calif. The Seminoles will start off dual action Jan. 21 battling FAU in Tallahassee.
Florida State will jumpstart its 11-match conference schedule on Jan. 30 hosting Miami and will face the remaining 10 opponents throughout March and April with six matches taking place at home. The ACC Tournament is scheduled for April 20-23 in Cary, N.C.
The NCAA Tournament begins May 12 and the championships will be held in Palo Alto, Calif., May 24-29.