Jan. 7, 2010
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida State holds the No. 13 spot in the first Campbells/ITA men’s college tennis rankings of the 2010 season. The team finished last season ranked at No. 13. This is the fifth season in a row the Seminoles have started the season in the top 20.
“I think it’s about where we thought we’d start, giving the fact that we finished 13th last year,” explained Head Coach Dwayne Hultquist. “You never know how the year is going to play out but it’s all about getting the year started.”
The Seminoles are the second-highest ranked team in the ACC, behind only No. 2 Virginia. The ACC has 10 teams represented in the January 5th rankings. Nineteen of Florida State’s 26 opponents are ranked this year with 13 in the top 30.
“We’ve always kind of had the ambition to play the toughest schedule as possible,” continued Hultquist. “We try to improve the schedule every year. I think it’s probably the toughest schedule we’ve ever had. The ACC is going to be outstanding this year. I think there’s six or seven teams that can be top 20 by year’s end.”
Three individuals are ranked in singles led by junior Clint Bowles (Tampa, Fla.) at No. 23. Bowles won the singles Wilson/ITA Southeast Regional Championship this fall to advance to the ITA National Indoor Championships. Senior Jean-Yves Aubone (Miami, Fla.), last year’s ACC Player of the Year, comes in next for the Seminoles at No. 27. Vahid Mirzadeh (Wellington, Fla.) will begin his final season ranked at No. 111.
“We have three very experienced guys playing high in the line-up and are ranked nationally,” Hultquist said. “We also have five very talented freshmen who we feel like can really help us and be strong players.”
In doubles, Mirzadeh and freshman Connor Smith (Tampa, Fla.) begin the season at No. 31, the only Seminoles represented in doubles. The duo finished the fall season winning four of their five matches. The first time the duo competed with one another was at the Wilson/ITA Southeast Regional Championships were they advanced too the finals.
“Connor and Vahid only played one tournament but they went all the way to the finals,” concluded Hultquist. “They played very good tennis. I think they have the ability to be a really strong team as does Jean-Yves and Clint. I think we take a lot of pride in doubles. We hope to have two teams that are in the rankings.”
The Seminoles begin their season on January 14th in Boca Raton, Fla., against the USTA National Jr. Team before heading to Naples to compete in the Naples Tournament against No. 15 Illinois, Florida Atlantic and host school Florida Gulf Coast.
For a complete list of the Campbell’s/ITA men’s and women’s college tennis spring preseason top 75 team rankings, as well as detailed singles and double rankings, please see the link below:
ITA DI Men’s National Team Rankings – Opponents
No. 2 Virginia
No. 8 Texas
No. 11 Florida
No. 13 Florida State
No. 15 Illinois
No. 16 Wake Forest
No. 17 Pepperdine
No. 19 Duke
No. 20 Louisville
No. 21 Miami
No. 27 Virginia Tech
No. 28 North Carolina
No. 29 LSU
No. 30 Notre Dame
No. 32 Wisconsin
No. 25 Rice
No. 43 Georgia Tech
No. 52 North Carolina State
No. 61 Furman
No. 66 Clemson
ITA DI Men’s National Doubles Rankings – FSU
No. 31 Connor Smith/Vahid Mirzadeh
ITA DI Men’s Southeast Doubles Rankings – FSU
No. 3 Connor Smith/Vahid Mirzadeh