Jan. 22, 2010
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida State men’s tennis team will play at home this weekend for the first time in the 2010 season. The Seminoles will host Georgia Southern, South Alabama and Florida Gulf Coast on Saturday, January 23rd in Tallahassee.
“I think first we are expecting to have good team tennis concept with supporting and rooting each other on,” explained head coach Dwayne Hultquist. “I really want to solidify where we are doubles wise. I think we really want to break our singles guys in to get ready for National Indoors next weekend.”
Florida State will begin play at 9:00 a.m. with a match against Georgia Southern. It will mark the first time since 2002 that the two programs have met. The Seminoles hold a 27-5 lead over the Georgia Southern Eagles in the all-time series.
South Alabama will take on Florida Gulf Coast at 11:00 a.m. The winners and losers of each morning match will then face-off at 3:00 p.m.
The Seminoles will have their top players on the court as all four are ranked this season. Junior Clint Bowles (Tampa, Fla.) leads the way ranked No. 23 in singles with senior Jean-Yves Aubone (Miami, Fla.) right behind him at No. 27. Senior Vahid Mirzadeh (Wellington, Fla.) and freshman Connor Smith (Tampa, Fla.) are ranked No. 31 in doubles.
Florida State opened their 2010 season with a successful showing last weekend in south Florida. The Seminoles won 19 of their first 23 matches taking on the USTA National Junior Team in Boca Raton, Fla. on January 14 and competing in the FGCU Invitational in Fort Myers, Fla. on January 15 and 16.
Florida Gulf Coast is the only team that competed at both the FGCU Invitational and in Tallahassee this weekend. The Seminoles were a perfect 7-0 in six singles and one doubles match against the Florida Gulf Coast Eagles last weekend. Florida State has never met FGCU in dual-match play.
South Alabama is the only team in the field whom Florida State has met since 2002 in dual-match play. The Seminoles are 13-6 all-time against the Jaguars and have defeated South Alabama three times in the past two years including a 4-3 victory in the second round of the 2008 NCAA Tournament.
Play will open at the Scott Speicher Tennis Center at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 23 and Florida State will take the court again at 3:00 p.m. Admission is free.