March 18, 2010
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The No. 20 Florida State men’s tennis team (10-3, 3-0) faces conference foe No. 29 Clemson (14-0) on Saturday, March 20 at noon. This is the first match of a series of seven straight ACC matches until postseason. While Clemson leads the all-time series 18-14, the Seminoles have won the last four out of five matches.
“Clemson is undefeated because their coach has done a great job and they have really improved,” said head coach Dwayne Hultquist. “It’s great to have two top 25 caliber teams. We are off to a great start in the ACC and hope to continue that run.”
Florida State heralds three players in the top 75 in singles. Senior Jean-Yves Aubone (Miami, Fla.) leads the way at No. 22 with a 12-3 record this season. Moving up to a career high ranking of No. 48 is senior Vahid Mirzadeh (Wellington, Fla.) with an impressive 14-1 record on court two. Junior Clint Bowles (Tampa, Fla.) closes it out for the Seminoles at No. 71.
The doubles group of Aubone and Bowles has a 7-3 record on court two and are ranked No. 60 by the ITA. On court one is Mirzadeh and freshman Connor Smith (Tampa, Fla.) who are ranked No. 70 and hold an 8-4 record.
Last season the Seminoles overtook the Tigers 6-1 in Clemson, S.C. Current Seminoles Aubone, Bowles and Mirzadeh all posted wins in singles and doubles.
The Tigers are currently in the midst of their second best start but have no players ranked in singles or doubles.
All matches at the Scott Speicher Tennis Center are free of charge.