Boca Raton, FL - The Florida Atlantic University men's tennis team begins its 2012 fall schedule this weekend with players competing at the prestigious Bedford Cup in Gainesville. Tournament play is scheduled to begin on Friday, September 14, and continue through Sunday, September 16.
Individual match performances are the focus of the fall season, before moving into team play next spring. The Owls are coming off a 13-9 team record last season.
FAU has one of the nation's top players: senior Taylor Albrecht, who begins the 2012-13 season ranked 105th in singles in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association's national poll. The Sarasota, Fla. native has earned an automatic berth into the qualifying round for singles and doubles at next month's All-American Championships in Tulsa, Okla. This weekend he will be the tournament's No. 5 seed in singles action. Albrecht ended last season as the Southeast region's 16th ranked singles player after posting a 23-5 record -- the fourth highest singles winning percentage (.821) in program history. Albrecht joined sophomore Will Neuner to form the 10th ranked doubles team in the region last season. The Owls' top doubles team will also play in the All-American Championships after being selected as the top overall seed in the doubles draw for this weekend's action.
Other leading returning players this season include sophomore Chris Janssen, who had 17 singles victories last season -- the second highest total on the squad. The Deerfield Beach native had 12 wins at the No. 2 singles position.
Neuner also had double-digit singles victories (12), including 10 wins at No. 3 singles.