Feb. 19, 2010
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The No. 18 Florida State men’s tennis team (6-1) will play their first of six home dual-matches against ACC opponents this season when Georgia Tech visits Tallahassee on Sunday afternoon at 1:00 pm. The Seminoles are 59-13 (.819) at home since 2005.
“I think traditionally we play better at home and have good results,” said head coach Dwayne Hultquist. “You’ve really got to hold serve when you play at home and try to win all your home matches and then get some on the road.”
The men’s and women’s team will be giving back to the community as they host “Serve it with the `Noles”. Fans are encouraged to join the Seminoles in bringing canned goods for donation which will be distributed to various organizations on campus and in the local community.
Seniors Jean-Yves Aubone (Miami, Fla.) and Vahid Mirzadeh (Wellington, Fla.) have continued to lead the Seminoles against top-notch competition. Aubone, the reigning ACC Player of the Year, is ranked No. 35 nationally in singles and is 8-1 in dual-matches this spring. Mirzadeh jumped in the rankings this week from No. 111 to No. 77 after also beginning his spring campaign with an 8-1 mark. Mirzadeh has played the majority of his matches on court one or two and defeated No. 26 Neal Skupski (LSU) earlier this year.
No. 38 Georgia Tech is the fifth consecutive ranked opponent that Florida State will face on its home court. The Seminoles have won three straight dual-matches against ranked foes including a 4-2 victory over No. 29 LSU and a 7-0 sweep of No. 42 South Florida.
Florida State has defeated the Yellow Jackets in five of their last six meetings including a 4-2 win over Georgia Tech in the 2005 ACC Championships. The Seminoles are looking for their third straight win over the Yellow Jackets this weekend.
“I think Georgia Tech has a great team, maybe the best team since I’ve been here,” explained Hultquist. “We’ve had some great matches with their No. 1 guy the last couple years. But then they’re really deep. I know they had a very close match with Georgia, who is a perennial powerhouse and they lost that but they are playing really well.”
The two programs have met a total of 54 times dating back to 1954. The winner of Sunday’s match will tilt the all-time series in that school’s favor as the series is tied at 27 wins each.
Georgia Tech is 7-2 on the year and Sunday’s match will be their first ACC competition of the spring season.
The dual-match will take place at 1:00 p.m. at the Scott Speicher Tennis Center on the campus of Florida State University. Admission for all fans is free.