March 9, 2012
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – In what is becoming a yearly tradition, the No. 32 Florida State men’s tennis team (11-2, 3-0) travels to take on No. 11 Texas (11-3, 0-0) for the fifth straight year. The match will now be played at 5 p.m. in Houston at The Downtown Club at The Met.
“Texas has had a good year with a bunch of young guys,” said head coach Dwayne Hultquist. “They had a good showing at National Indoors and have beaten Auburn and Texas A&M. They’re one of the elite teams in the country. We’re glad to have them on our schedule. We always have very competitive matches with them. We respect what they have done out there.”
Texas holds an all-time lead of 7-0 against Florida State in a series that dates back to 1996. This is the fifth straight match between the two teams.
At the halfway mark of the season, the Seminoles have had a solid showing with an 11-2 overall record and a 3-0 mark in ACC play. The two losses have come to teams ranked in the top 10. There are currently three Noles undefeated which include juniors Andres Bucaro (11-0), Anderson Reed (7-0) and freshman Dominic Cotrone (3-0).
Playing in position one is junior Jordan Kelly-Houston who is 8-4 on the season. On court two, sophomore Blake Davis has a 10-3 mark while freshman Cristian Gonzalez Mendez is 8-4. Senior Jason Zafiros is leaving his mark on court five with a 9-1 record. Freshman Benjamin Lock has a 5-2 record playing primarily on court six.
In doubles play, Bucaro and Lock have an 11-1 record on court three while Cotrone and Reed are right behind them with a 10-2 mark in position two. On court one, Kelly-Houston and Davis hold a 6-4 record.
Texas has two ranked singles players in No. 50 Soren Hess-Olesen and No. 79 Daniel Whitehead. In doubles, Chris Camilone and David Holiner are ranked No. 35.
For the latest information, check back to Seminoles.com. The team is on twitter and can be followed at twitter.com/fsu_mtennis. Florida State returns home March 15 at 4:00 p.m. against UNC-Wilmington.