April 14, 2011
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Closing out the regular season on the road, the No. 41 Florida State men’s tennis team (9-11, 4-5) will face two tough opponents in No. 10 Duke and No. 19 North Carolina. The `Noles will face Duke on Friday, April 15 at 3:00 p.m. then will travel south to face North Carolina at noon on Sunday, April 17 at noon.
“I think traditionally Duke and North Carolina are two of the better teams in the conference,” said head coach Dwayne Hultquist. “It’s always a difficult place to play up there. We have two teams in the top 20. It’s going to be a challenge. We feel good about having won three of the last four matches. We want to go up there and keep improving our conference standings and getting ready for the conference championships.”
It will be a weekend of talented teams as each team boasts two ranked singles players and at least one doubles team. For Florida State, senior Vahid Mirzadeh (Wellington, Fla.) leads the team with a 14-4 dual match record and a No. 23 singles ranking. Senior Clint Bowles (Tampa, Fla.), who has spent his entire career ranked, sits at No. 108. In doubles play, Mirzadeh and sophomore Connor Smith (Tampa, Fla.) sit at No. 13 with a 16-5 record this spring.
Duke features two top ten ranked singles players in No. 6 Henrique Cunha and No. 9 Reid Carleton. They also boast the No. 7 doubles team in Cunha and Carleton. UNC has Jose Hernandez at No. 25 and Joey Burkhardt at No. 90. In doubles play, Hernandez and Brennan Boyajian are ranked No. 30 while Burkhardt and Stefan Hardy are No. 59.
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