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2009 Seminole Invitational

Oct. 1, 2009

The Florida State men’s tennis team will be hosting its only home fall tournament, the Seminole Invitational, this weekend from October 2-4. Matches are scheduled to start at 8:30 a.m. Friday, and continue until 6:00 p.m. each day.

Joining Florida State in the Seminole Invitational are athletes from UAB, Bethune-Cookman, UCF, University of Florida, FAMU, Georgia Southern, Jacksonville University, Mississippi State, North Florida and USF. Even though this tournament doesn’t count towards any team standings, their performance will help give the Seminoles an opportunity to see how it measures up against teams that Florida State will face in the spring season (Georgia Southern, USF, Florida).

Senior Keith Embree, sophomore Owen Long and freshmen Aaron May, Andres Bucaro, Anderson Reed and Connor Smith will be taking the court for the Seminoles in this weekend’s tournament. The structure will be a double elimination tournament in an “A” draw and a “B” draw, as well as a doubles draw.

Embree, Naples, Fla., is looking to continue to build on his success from last week’s Cliff’s Invitational, winning both of his doubles matches with partner Aaron May. Embree and May also went 1-3 in four tough singles matches over the weekend.

Long, a Tallahassee, Fla., native, struggled last week, losing both of his matches up in South Carolina. The sophomore is eager to be out on the court and develop his skills, as he only played in one match a year ago.

Bucaro and Reed battled together in doubles, going 1-1 in the Cliffs Invitational. Bucaro, went 2-1 in singles, and Reed, Daphne, Ala., won a difficult three-set match to start the tournament, but dropped his three remaining matches of the weekend.

Smith is the lone Seminole competing this weekend that went up to the Olympia Fields Country Club Invitational last weekend. Smith, Tampa, Fla., looked impressive going 3-1 in singles play, and 2-1 on the doubles side with partner Clint Bowles.

The draws for this weekend’s tournament have Reed, Smith and Bucaro in the “A” draw, and Long, May and Embree in the “B” draw. The doubles draw will be released tomorrow morning.

Admission is free all weekend long, so come on out and support the Seminoles. Look to Seminoles.com for updates throughout the tournament.

For updates on the draws and results from the tournament, click here.


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