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SoCon Freshman of the Year Jamie Connel Joins FSU Men’s Tennis

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida State men’s tennis announced the addition of Jamie Connel, who was the 2022 Southern Conference Freshman of the Year while playing for Furman University.

“Jamie had an outstanding freshman year, winning tons of matches and beating some very good players,” head coach Dwayne Hultquist said. “We’re excited to add him to a very experienced team coming off last year.”

Connel was also named to the Southern Conference All-Freshman Team, Singles First Team, and Doubles First Team. The Edinburgh, Scotland, native posted an 18-5 singles record primarily on court two and a 17-4 doubles record primarily on court one. 14 of Connel’s 18 singles wins were straight-set victories.

Along with partner Ivan Mitric, Connel finished the season ranked 78th nationally and 10th regionally in doubles. The pair rose as high as 29th in the national rankings during the spring.

Including two wins in the Southern Conference tournament, Connel finished the season on a nine-match winning streak in singles. Connel beat the only ranked singles player he faced, No. 51 Emile Hudd from Tennessee, in straight sets. Connel also handed Hudd a loss in doubles as Connel and Mitric took down the 9th-ranked duo of Hudd and Shunsuke Mitsui.

“I feel like he has the room to grow to elevate his game,” Hultquist shared. “We think he’ll continue to improve here at Florida State.”

Connel entered collegiate tennis as the top-ranked 18U player in Scotland and among the top 15 players in Britain.

For more information on the Seminole Men’s Tennis program, check and follow us on social media at FSUMTennis (IG) and @FSU_MTennis (TW).

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