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Men's Tennis Inks Nationally-Ranked Junior Player

Dec. 7, 1999

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- The Florida State Seminoles men's tennis team announced the signing of high school senior Jerrod Owen from Vero Beach, Fla. this week. Owen is currently ranked No. 87 in the country and is known for his excellent doubles play.

"Jerrod is an extremely good doubles player and will be an excellent addition to our team next year," raved head men's tennis coach Dwayne Hultquist.

Owen is a great volleyer who has combined that skill with an astute knowledge of the game to win numerous singles and doubles matches throughout his career. A list of Owen's accomplishments include winning the State Championship at No. 1 Doubles and the USTA Interscholastic under 18 Doubles Championship. He was also a finalist at the Florida Open in doubles. Owen is currently rated as the 15th best player in the state of Florida but many people feel he has yet to reach his full potential.

"Jerrod has improved rapidly over the past year and that is exciting to us," said Hultquist. "He should continue to improve the more he plays."

Owen plays both basketball and tennis at Vero Beach High School. Hultquist's freshmen class of 2000 now consists of Owen and Alex Herrara from Gadsden, Ala. Not long ago, Jerrod's mother graduated from Florida State University.

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