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`Noles Ready For First Round Of NCAA Tournament

May 14, 2010

ATHENS, Ga. – Florida State enters the NCAA Championships for the 13th season with an 11-12 all-time record. The Seminoles reached the quarterfinals in 2005 and have made it to the final site the past two years. The Garnet and Gold have advanced past the first round every year since 2005. Florida State is playing in perhaps the hardest region in the nation. Last season, three of the four teams reached the final site. Georgia advanced to the quarterfinals while Florida State and Boise State advanced to the round of 16. The Seminoles will take on No. 42 Boise State on Saturday at 1:00 p.m. The winner will face the winner of the No. 12 Georgia and UNC-Greensboro match on Sunday at 2:00 p.m. All matches will be played at the Dan Mcgill Tennis Complex.

Boise State is familiar to the NCAA tournament as this is the sixth consecutive year the Broncos have made the tournament where last season they reached the round of 16. Boise State is lead by sophomore James Meredith who is currently ranked No. 55 in singles by the ITA. He was also named the WAC Player of the Year while Filipp Pogostkin was named the WAC Freshman of the Year. The Broncos are 19-11 this season and advanced to the semifinals of the WAC conference tournament.

Florida State entered the tournament as the No. 7 seed and faced No. 10 seed Clemson in the opening round. The Seminoles won quickly with a 4-0 win. The Seminoles face No. 2 seed Duke for the quarterfinals where the Blue Devils came out on top with a 4-0 victory. This marked the first time in five years the Seminoles failed to reach the semifinals of the ACC Championship.

Senior Jean-Yves Aubone will leave a legacy that will forever be etched in Seminole lore. Besides being only the second ACC Player of the Year to don Garnet and Gold, he is also the first two-time All-American at Florida State. Coming into the tournament he is on three career all-time lists. With 160 total wins, he is tied for fourth in overall career wins. He is tied for sixth in career doubles wins and tied for seventh in career singles wins. In 2008, Aubone and Bowles set the all-time single season wins record with 28 victories. Aubone still has time this season to continue moving on up the charts.

Senior Jean-Yves Aubone was awarded his fourth career ACC Player of the Week after scoring a pair of straight-set singles wins over played ranked among the nation’s Top 25. Ranked No. 35 in the nation at the time, Aubone defeated Rice’s No. 25 player Bruno Rosa (7-5, 6-4) and Casey Watt of Notre Dame 6-2, 6-4. He and Clint Bowles also upset the No. 22 duo of Ed Corrie and Kellen Damico of Texas that same week. Aubone has been awarded and ACC Player of the Week once every year since the 2006-07 season.

Vahid Mirzadeh has had an excellent senior season thus far going 24-9 this year with a 19-5 record in the spring. The other record Mirzadeh holds is 2-0 in singles matches against players ranked in the top ten. In early March, he faced No. 10 Ed Corrie of Texas. Although he lost the first set, he came back strong to win the second set 6-1. He forced the third set and won to clinch the match. Later in the month when the Seminoles traveled to Virginia, he once again defeated a top ten opponent, this time it was No. 3 Sanam Singh. Mirzadeh needed only two sets to upset the Cavalier to win 6-3, 7-5.

The Seminoles went streaking quite a few times this season as a team and individually. Florida State won nine of ten straight matches to begin the season…senior Vahid Mirzadeh won 11 singles matches in a row and went 15-1 to begin the season… Mirzadeh’s won 13 sets in a row between 1/30-3/6…Clint Bowles won seven matches in a row towards the end of the season from 3/20-4/16… Jean-Yves Aubone started the season 10-2… freshman Andres Bucaro started the spring season with five straight singles matches and proceeded to go 9-1… freshman Connor Smith started the season with an 8-2 record in singles play… Mirzadeh and Smith had two different streaks of 6-1 during the year in doubles play…Bucaro and Anderson Reed went 7-1 in doubles from 1/23-3/6.

This season the Seminoles played freshmen the entire season on courts 4-6. No freshman held a losing record on at least one court. Connor Smith leads the way with a 9-5 record on court four for the season. Jordan Kelly-Houston held a 5-3 mark on court five. Andres Bucaro holds a perfect 4-0 record on court six. Anderson Reed was 5-5 on court six. Bucaro also upset a ranked player, No. 115 Finn Tearney of Pepperdine, which was the clinching match for Florida State to upset Pepperdine. The freshmen clinched seven of Florida State’s 13 wins this season.

Seniors Jean-Yves Aubone and Vahid Mirzadeh will close out their careers at Florida State with a trip to the 2010 NCAA singles tournament. Aubone is currently No. 31 in the nation while Mirzadeh is No. 54. Aubone is currently 20-11 this season, 15-8 in dual matches while Mirzadeh is 24-9 with a 19-5 record this spring. Junior Clint Bowles was selected as an alternate in the singles draw. No. 66 Bowles holds a 9-2 record in the ACC and had a seven match winning streak at the end of the season. Also selected at an alternate was the doubles team of Mirzadeh and freshman Connor Smith. The duo is currently ranked No. 37 after going 17-8 this season.

Seniors Jean-Yves Aubone and Vahid Mirzadeh were named to the All-ACC team this spring. Aubone had a successful season, and career, for Florida State in the ACC. This season he is 7-6 in the ACC on court one. In doubles play, he is 7-4 including an upset of the No. 19 doubles team in the nation with partner Clint Bowles. Mirzadeh is 8-4 on court two this season in the ACC including an upset of No. 3 Sanam Singh of Virginia. Mirzadeh teamed up with Connor Smith to upset the No. 27 tandem in the nation, Donato/Hardy of North Carolina.

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