Feb. 11, 2011
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The No. 26 Florida State men’s tennis team (5-3) faces its fourth top-seven ranked opponent within the past five matches on Saturday. The Seminoles face off against No. 5 Texas (6-0) at 11:00 a.m. at the Scott Speicher Tennis Center.
“We look forward to the challenge tomorrow of playing another top ten team,” said head coach Dwayne Hultquist. “Texas has been one of the better teams in the country the last four or five years. They compete really hard and play with a lot of school pride. We anticipate a very competitive, hard-fought match.”
Texas is no stranger to Florida State as the two teams have played against one another the past three seasons. The two teams first meet in 1996 with Texas holding the 6-0 advantage. Senior Clint Bowles is 2-1 in singles play while senior Vahid Mirzadeh is 1-1 against Texas.
Last year, Mirzadeh was ranked No. 69 when he upset No. 10 Ed Corrie while the unranked double steam of Bowles and Jean-Yves Aubone upset the No. 22 team of Corrie and Kellen Damico.
“We always feel that if Clint and Vahid play well we have a good shot no matter who we play against,” continued Hultquist. “The younger guys have also played better and better as the year has gone on.”
This season Mirzadeh is in the midst of a seven match win streak. He and sophomore Connor Smith (Tampa, Fla.) are undefeated in doubles this spring with a 9-0 record.
Admission to all matches is free. The first fans will receive a FSU tennis magnet.