March 25, 2010 - by
No. 22 Florida State Hits Road To Face Pair Of Top 20 Foes

March 25, 2010

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The No. 22 Florida State men’s tennis team (11-3, 4-0) will embark on their toughest road-trip thus far as they travel to the Old Dominion state to take on No. 20 Virginia Tech on Friday, March 26 at 2:30 p.m. and No. 1 Virginia on Sunday, March 28 at 12:00 p.m.

“It’s probably one of the more difficult road trips we’ve ever had,” said head coach Dwayne Hultquist. “We’ve played Virginia up there several times when they’ve been top in the country. But this year to have Virginia Tech having probably their best year ever, we’ve really got to focus on that match first. We know it’s going to be a very difficult trip and we’re looking forward to getting out there.”

The Seminoles are looking for their first win against the Cavaliers (22-1, 3-0) since 2003. Florida State and Virginia battled each other three times last season with the Cavs winning all three decisions. Virginia leads the all-time series 15-13 that began in 1968.

Florida State has had success against Virginia Tech (8-3, 2-1) having defeated the Hokies in all seven meetings dating back to 1984. Last year’s match between FSU and Virginia Tech was canceled due to weather.

Seniors Jean-Yves Aubone (Miami, Fla.) and Vahid Mirzadeh (Wellington, Fla.) have continued to improve and have paced Florida State into one of the elite teams in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

Aubone, the reigning ACC Player of the Year, is currently 13-3 in spring singles play and has not lost a match to an opponent outside the national Top 10. Mirzadeh has posted a remarkable 15-1 singles mark and has won four ACC matches.

Freshmen Connor Smith (Tampa, Fla.) and Andres Bucaro (Guatemala City, Guatemala) have both reached at least 10 single wins this season. Smith is 11-5 while Bucaro is 10-5. In doubles, Smith and Mirzadeh have teamed up to post a 10-4 record on court one while Bucaro is partnered on court three with fellow freshman Anderson Reed (Daphne, Ala.) to post a 10-4 record as well.

The Seminoles return to Tallahassee on April 2nd against N.C. State at 5:00 p.m. and April 4th versus Wake Forest at noon. Admission to the Scott Speicher Tennis Center is free for all fans.


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