Feb. 26, 2010
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The No. 19 Florida State men’s tennis team (7-1) will host the No. 16 ranked Pepperdine Waves (4-3) on Saturday, February 27 at 3:00 p.m. in their second of five consecutive matches against Top 40 opponents. The Seminoles already took down No. 38 Georgia Tech last weekend.
A win on Saturday for Florida State would make it three consecutive seasons that the Seminoles have defeated Pepperdine. Florida State knocked off the 12th ranked Waves 4-3 last year in Malibu, Calif. and also beat Pepperdine 4-3 in 2008. The Waves won the first two matches played in the all-time series in 2006 and 2007.
With Florida State’s win last Sunday against Georgia Tech, the Seminoles are now 60-13 at home since 2005. The incredible record gives FSU a .822 winning percentage as the Seminoles continue to dominate their home court.
The Seminoles have won two straight ACC matches, five consecutive dual-matches and four against ranked opponents entering Saturday’s match against Pepperdine. The five match winning streak equals last year’s season-high of five straight victories.
Leading the Seminoles are seniors Jean-Yves Aubone (Miami, Fla.) and Vahid Mirzadeh (Wellington, Fla.). The two have combined to post a 17-3 record in singles this spring with all three losses versus Top 20 opponents.
Freshmen Connor Smith (Tampa, Fla.), Andres Bucaro (Guatemala City, Guatemala), Jordan Kelly-Houston (Christchurch, New Zealand) and Anderson Reed (Daphne, Ala.) are also playing well. The four are a combined 24-6 in singles play. Bucaro has begun his collegiate career with an 8-1 mark including a perfect 4-0 record on court six. Smith, playing exclusively on court four, is 6-1 in dual-matches.
Florida State also features junior Clint Bowles (Tampa, Fla.) who is 5-1 on court three this season and is the 2009 Southeast Region Singles Champion.
Pepperdine enters Saturday at 4-3 pending the result of Friday’s match at Alabama. They defeated South Florida 4-0 in the opening round of the ITA Kick-Off event on Saturday, January 30.
Fans can watch the dual-match live at the Scott Speicher Tennis Center on the campus of Florida State University. Admission for all is free.