April 5, 2012
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The No. 26 Florida State men’s tennis team (16-4, 7-0) closes out its home season this weekend against two top 25 ACC foes. The Seminoles will honor senior Jason Zafiros on Friday, April 6, when the team plays No. 7 Duke (16-3, 5-1) at 3 p.m. The team closes out the weekend on Sunday, April 8, against No. 21 North Carolina (9-5, 6-1) at noon.
“Duke and North Carolina have only one loss in conference play which has been to Virginia,” explained head coach Dwayne Hultquist. “The next three matches are against the three top teams in the ACC. We’re going to know a lot of where we’ll finish up so I think it’s exciting for us. It’s one of those times that we have an opportunity playing these teams at home. These matches are of extra importance.”
The Seminoles have had a successful season this year and are undefeated in ACC play. The team is also 12-1 at home this year. This season every Seminole has a winning record in singles and doubles play.
In singles, junior Andres Bucaro has a 16-1 record while sophomore Blake Davis is right behind him with a 13-7 record. Freshman Cristian Gonzalez Mendez has an 11-7 mark while junior Jordan Kelly-Houston and senior Jason Zafiros each have 10 wins. Junior Anderson Reed and freshman Benjamin Lock are both 9-2 while freshman Dominic Cotrone is 4-1.
The Seminoles have also been successful in doubles winning 16 of 20 doubles points. Bucaro and Lock are 16-3 this spring while Cotrone and Reed are 12-7. Davis and Kelly-Houston are right behind them with a 10-7 mark.
Against Duke, Florida State will honor senior Jason Zafiros between doubles and singles play. The Bradenton, Fla., native joined the Seminoles this year after playing his first three seasons at Arizona.
“Jason has only been here for one year but certainly he has brought a lot of energy and enthusiasm to the program,” said Hultquist. “I think people enjoy watching him play. Jason is a guy who knows how to win. Being from Florida, it has been a good thing for him to get back to the state.”
The Seminoles are 11-24 against Duke since the two teams first met in 1957. Since 2004, Florida State is 8-6 against the Blue Devils. Duke brings multiple ranked players in No. 6 Henrique Cunha, No. 26 Chris Mengel and No. 106 Torsten Wietoska. In doubles play Cunha is ranked twice, No. 6 when teamed up with Fred Saba and No. 26 when with Mengel.
Florida State is 10-18 all-time against North Carolina in a series that dates back to 1966. The Tar Heels also brings multiple ranked players to Tallahassee this weekend. Jose Hernandez is No. 43 while Brennan Boyajian is No. 85 while Esben Hess-Oleseen rounds out the team at No. 101. In doubles play Joey Burkhardt and Hernandez are No. 2. At No. 49 is Boyajian and Oystein Steiro.
There is an Easter Egg Hunt between singles and doubles on Sunday. All matches are played at the Scott Speicher Tennis Center unless weather forces play to be at the Indoor Tennis Facility located next to the Seminole Golf Course. Fans can check the weather hotline at (850) 645-GAME. The team is on twitter and can be followed at twitter.com/fsu_mtennis.
Duke – http://www.seminoles.com/sports/m-tennis/spec-rel/fsu-m-tennis-live-updates-fsuduke.html
North Carolina- http://www.seminoles.com/sports/m-tennis/spec-rel/fsu-m-tennis-live-updates-fsuunc.html