Feb. 10, 2012
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The No. 32 Florida State men’s tennis team (8-1) travels to Gainesville to square off with the No. 5 Florida Gators (3-1). On Saturday, February 11, the teams will face off at 1 p.m. at the Ring Tennis Complex.
“I think that Florida has a very good team,” said head coach Dwayne Hultquist. “They’ve had a good start to the season with only one loss to No. 2 Virginia. They also have a good win against Baylor who we’ve also played. It’s a tough place to play down there, but we’re excited and eager to get a chance to play them.”
Florida State has a storied history with Florida facing one another 72 times prior to this match. The Gators hold the advantage with a 51-20 lead. The two teams first matched up in 1956.
Last season, the Seminoles fell in tight 4-3 match. The Seminoles won the doubles point with current `Noles Andres Bucaro and Anderson Reed getting the win on court two followed by former members Vahid Mirzadeh and Connor Smith on court one topping the No. 11 team in the nation to clinch the point. In singles play, Mirzadeh upset No. 4 Alexandre Lacroix in a close three set match while former `Nole Clint Bowles defeated No. 52 Bob van Overbeek in three sets.
This season the Seminoles have been playing strong tennis having gone 45-6 in singles and 23-2 in doubles. Junior Andres Bucaro is on top of his game with a 7-0 singles record and an 8-0 doubles record. Senior Jason Zafiros is also undefeated in singles with a 7-0 mark on court five. Three other Seminoles are undefeated in junior Anderson Reed (5-0), freshman Benjamin Lock (4-0) and freshman Dominic Cotrone (2-0). In doubles play the number one tandem of junior Jordan Kelly-Houston and sophomore Blake Davis are 7-1.
Live stats can be viewed at http://www.gatorzone.com/tennis/live/?sport=tennm&live_match=10224.