Feb. 1, 2013
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida State men’s tennis team (7-1) returns home after a weekend on the road. The Seminoles take on Florida Atlantic and Mercer Saturday at the Scott Speicher Tennis Center. This marks the fourth of five doubleheaders that the team plays this season.
“The team is doing well,” said head coach Dwayne Hultquist. “We’re coming back from California which is always a tough turn around getting back to class and practicing. Part of the reason for these doubleheaders is to give a lot of guys opportunities to play. We’ll be missing Andres Bucaro, who is playing at the Davis Cup, this weekend so we’ll have a chance for everyone to play.”
The Seminoles begin Saturday at 10:00 a.m. against FAU and then take on Mercer at 3:00 p.m. Florida State last played against FAY in 2011 when the Seminoles won 7-0. Florida State is 8-0 all-time against the Owls since first facing off in 1970. The Seminoles are 19-0 against Mercer but have not played them since 1963 when Florida State won 8-1. The two teams first squared off in 1948.
“We’ve got two opponents this weekend,” said Hultquist. “FAU has a lot of good, Florida players. For us, it’s a good opportunity to get more matches in before the ACC schedule gets started.”
Florida State started the season going 7-0, same as last season. The last time a season started with more win was in 1998 when the team won eight straight. It is the first time in school history that the Seminoles have started consecutive seasons with seven straight wins or more.
Senior Anderson Reed is leading the team this season with an 8-0 mark on courts three, four and five. Sophomore Dominic Cotrone, who is No. 107 in the nation, is 7-1 on the season playing on courts one and two. Sophomore Benjamin Lock is 6-2 on the season and is No. 99 in the nation. Freshman Michael Rinaldi is off to a great start with a 4-0 record in singles. Senior Andres Bucaro is 5-1 in doubles this spring while senior Jordan Kelly-Houston is 4-0.
With 71 all-time doubles wins, Bucaro is just three wins away from entering the 10 ten list at Florida State. Reed is just six wins away from the same list with 68 career doubles wins.
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