March 3, 2011
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The No. 36 Florida State men’s tennis team (5-5, 0-1) hits the road for the first time since January this weekend to face three teams in five days. Up first for the Seminoles is a bout with No. 51 Clemson on Friday, March 4 at 2:00 pm. The team will travel down to No. 17 Georgia Tech on Sunday at 1:00 pm in what will be head coach Dwayne Hultquist’s 300th match at Florida State. The team closes out the trip with a match on Tuesday at USF at 2:30 pm.
“It’s a challenging week ahead of us,” said head coach Dwayne Hultquist. “I think for us to come off a couple tight losses it’s important for us to get back on the winning track and come off spring break with a winning record. Anytime you are on the road, it’s a little bit more challenging playing on different courts and surfaces then what you’re used to. Since we’re on spring break we’ll have plenty of time to focus on tennis for these five days. The ACC matches are always important and USF is very improved from last year.”
Last season Florida State defeated Clemson 7-0 during the regular season and then defeated them again at the ACC Tournament 4-0. Florida State is 16-18 against Clemson with the first match in 1962. The Seminoles have won the past four matches against the Tigers.
Florida State also had success against Georgia Tech last season when the Seminoles won 5-2. The Seminoles took the doubles point and then won four of the singles matches with current `Noles Vahid Mirzadeh, Clint Bowles, Connor Smith and Andres Bucaro nabbing the wins. Historically, Florida State and Georgia Tech have always been close with the `Noles holding the 28-27 record over the Yellow Jackets.
USF and Florida State are familiar foes with the Seminoles holding the 22-19 lead over the Bulls. Last season, the `Noles came out on top with a 7-0 win.
Currently Mirzadeh is ranked No. 21 in singles along with Bowles who is No. 60. In doubles play, Mirzadeh and Smith are No. 13. Georgia Tech is the only school on this stretch with ranked players. Guillermo Gomez is No. 16 while Juan Spir is No. 50. In doubles play, Kevin King and Spir are ranked No. 15.