Sept. 29, 2011
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida State men’s tennis team is hosting their lone fall tournament of the year this weekend. Teams attending the Seminole Invitational will be Jacksonville, North Florida, Florida A&M, Southern Mississippi, UAB, Florida Gulf Coast, South Alabama and Bethune-Cookman.
“I thought we had a pretty good tournament last weekend,” said head coach Dwayne Hultquist. “We won a lot of matches but didn’t win a title so we want to be in a position where we win singles or doubles. I think that’s something we want to accomplish this weekend. We want to continue to win a lot of matches and continue to grow in our games and improve.”
The main draws will be played at Scott Speicher Tennis Center while the back draws will be played at the Indoor Practice Facility. Play begins Friday at 8:30 a.m. and will run all weekend.
Earning the No. 2 seed of the tournament is sophomore Blake Davis (Austin, Texas) who will face Norbert Nemcsek of North Florida at 10:30 a.m. No. 3 seeded junior Anderson Reed (Daphne, Ala.) will compete against Alex Bernard of South Alabama.
Bradenton, Fla., natives Jason Zafiros and Dominic Cotrone will both make their debuts at home as the senior Zafiros heads off with Beau Treyz of North Florida and the freshman Cotrone battles with Daniel Leitner of South Alabama. Rounding out the A Draw is junior Andres Bucaro (Guatemala City, Guatemala) who will square off with Dean Tsamas of Florida Gulf Coast.
“We’re all really excited,” said Bucaro. “We always want to play at home in front of our fans. We want to do great and all of our teammates have been preparing well and we’re just thrilled about it.”
“I’m hoping to not having any first round jitters and hope I can be confident and play the way I’ve been playing tennis,” continued Cotrone. “This tournament means a lot to the team to where we’re at the rest of the season.”
Redshirt sophomore Brian Alden will also make his debut at Scott Speicher this weekend. He faces Matthew Hansen of Jacksonville at 8:30 in the B Draw.
In the doubles draw, Cotrone and Reed received a bye in the first round along with Davis and Bucaro. Zafiros and Alden will team up to face Martinez and Hansen of Jacksonville at 4:00 p.m. in the first round.