March 24, 2011
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The No. 46 Florida State men’s tennis team (6-8, 2-1) is getting back into ACC play after two weeks of facing non-conference opponents. On Friday at 3:00pm, the Seminoles square off with No. 36 Virginia (10-15, 2-1) and then return to the courts on Sunday against No. 1 Virginia (18-0, 3-0) at noon. Both matches will be played at the Scott Speicher Tennis Center where admission is free.
It is sure to be a weekend of great tennis as the three teams bring a total of nine ranked singles players and seven ranked doubles teams. For Florida State, Vahid Mirzadeh, a senior from Wellington, Fla., is ranked at No. 26 while senior Clint Bowles (Tampa, Fla.) is ranked No. 62. In doubles play, Mirzadeh and sophomore Connor Smith (Tampa, Fla.) are No. 13.
Virginia Tech is having a successful season winning the last seven of eight matches. Although the Hokies defeated the Seminoles 5-2 last season, FSU holds an all-time 7-1 record over them. Luke Somen is the lone ranked singles player at No. 45. In doubles, Pedro Graber and Will Beck are ranked at No. 45 while Somen and Corrado Degl’Incerti Tocci are ranked at No. 52.
“Last year Virginia Tech probably had the best team they ever had,” said head coach Dwayne Hultquist. “They’ve got another very good team this year with a lot of those guys returning. It will be a little bit of an advantage if it’s a hot day because they play a lot of indoor tennis and we play all outdoors. I’m looking for a very completive, tight match that could kind of go either way.”
Virginia is undefeated this season and defeated the Seminoles last season 5-2. The Cavaliers are 16-13 all-time over the Seminoles. In singles play, six players are ranked with Alex Domijan leading the way at No. 2. At No. 8 is Michael Shabaz then Sanam Singh at No. 22. At No. 32 is Drew Courtney and No. 109 Julen Urigen closes it out. In doubles play, Virginia boasts the No. 3 doubles team in Courtney and Shabaz. No. 25 features Domijan and Shabaz with Jenkins and Domijan at No. 27. Courtney and Steven Eelkman Rooda close it out at No. 59.
“Virginia is clearly the No. 1 team in the country and the top team in the ACC,” continued Hultquist. “We’ve always played very competitive with them here. We know it’s a big challenge but we’re looking forward to it.”
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