Feb. 9, 2010
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The No. 18 Florida State men’s tennis team will open Atlantic Coast Conference play on Wednesday at Boston College. It will be the first time the Seminoles have played a dual-match away from home this spring. The match will be held in Milford, N.H. at 5:00 p.m. EST on Wednesday, February 10.
Florida State enters their ACC opener with a 5-1 dual-match mark and three straight wins over ranked opponents. The Seminoles defeated No. 29 LSU 4-2 on January 30 before they beat ranked foes USF and Furman this past weekend.
“Our ACC season is getting ready to start and in the ACC season we’re going to have to continue to get better,” said Hultquist. “I look in the ACC and virtually everybody is capable of making the NCAA tournament.”
The Seminoles continue to dominate the opposition with outstanding play from their freshmen. Connor Smith (Tampa, Fla.), Andres Bucaro (Guatemala City, Guatemala), Anderson Reed (Daphne, Ala.) and Jordan Kelly-Houston (Christchurch, New Zealand) won five of their six singles matches this past weekend to improve their record to 17-5 this spring.
The senior tandem of Vahid Mirzadeh (Wellington, Fla.) and Jean-Yves Aubone (Miami, Fla.) has also shined. The two are a combined 14-2 in singles and both losses have come to Top 20 opponents. Mirzadeh is 7-1 with a 3-0 mark on court one and his only loss coming in a three-set tiebreaker to No. 20 Marek Michalicka of Wisconsin. Aubone is also 7-1 and has posted a 2-1 record against ranked opponents. His lone loss came to No. 6 Moritz Baumann of Wisconsin.
Florida State has met Boston College just six times in program history – all resulting in wins for the Garnet and Gold. The all-time series began in 1979 but that was the only meetings between the two squads until Boston College joined the ACC in 2006. Since then, the Seminoles have won all five ACC meetings including a 4-0 victory in the first round of the 2006 ACC Tournament.
Boston College has won just two team points over Florida State since 2006. The Seminoles won 6-1 in the 2006 regular season meeting and 6-1 the last time FSU played at Boston College in 2008. The other three ACC meetings have resulted in Seminole sweeps.
The meeting will open ACC play for both teams. Last year, Florida State was 8-2 in conference play and advanced to the semifinals of the ACC Championships. The Eagles finished 0-11 in conference and bowed out in the first round of the ACC Championships.