March 22, 2002 - by
Men’s Tennis Faces Toughest Challenge Saturday In Gainesville

March 22, 2002

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
The Florida State men’s tennis team travels to Gainesville to face in-state rival, University of Florida on Saturday at 2 p.m. The Seminoles enter the contest ranked 45th in the latest Omni Hotels Collegiate Tennis Rankings and boast an 11-4 record. The Gators are 10-2 on the season and are ranked 8th in the rankings. The Seminoles have not defeated the Gators since the 1997 season in a 4-3 decision.


“We will definitely have to play our best,” head coach Dwayne Hultquist said. “In a rivalry situation, it can be good being the underdog.”


The Gators feature two players ranked nationally in singles. Junior Eleazar Magellan iis ranked 51st and teammate Hamid Mirzadeh enters the match ranked 111th. Also ranked for the Gators are the doubles teams of Mirzedah and Chris McDonald (37th) and Magellan and Olivier Levant (45th). For the Seminoles, senior Xavier Luscan, is ranked 49th in singles and 58th in doubles with junior Rodrigo Laub.


The Florida match will end a five-match road stint. After returning home, the Seminoles will finish the remainder of their dual match schedule against conference opponents. They return to the court on Wednesday, March 27th at 3:30 p.m. against N.C. State at the Scott Speicher Tennis Center.

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