April 7, 2011
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The No. 41 Florida State men’s tennis team (7-11, 2-5) will play at the Scott Speicher Tennis Courts for the last time this season as they close out its home schedule. The Seminoles will square off against Boston College (5-13, 0-7) on Friday at 3:00 p.m. then will return to the courts on Sunday against No. 43 Maryland (10-8, 2-5) at noon.
“The last home weekend is always a special weekend,” said head coach Dwayne Hultquist. “I think we want to get off to a good start Friday night against a BC team that is much improved. Maryland is a very big match for us on Sunday to send our seniors off with wins and to put us in position to make the NCAA tournament. Hopefully we’ll have a great crowd and people come out and support the seniors.”
In singles play, senior Vahid Mirzadeh (Wellington, Fla.) is leading the team with 13 singles win and is ranked No. 24 in the nation. Senior Clint Bowles (Tampa, Fla.) is ranked at No. 91. Sophomore Connor Smith (Tampa, Fla.) and Mirzadeh are ranked No. 12 in doubles with a 12-5 record this spring.
Florida State has been successful against Boston College with a 7-0 record against the Eagles including a 5-2 win last season. The Seminoles are just as successful against Maryland with an all-time 21-1 record including winning 6-1 last year. Maryland has Maros Horny ranked at No. 86 in singles while Tommy Laine and John Collins are ranked No. 71 in doubles.
The team will honor Mirzadeh, Bowles and Owen Long before the match on Sunday.
“I think Vahid and Clint are probably two of the better players that have ever played at Florida State,” continued Hultquist. “Vahid has just gotten better each year. Clint’s number of wins in singles and doubles are some of the best here. Clint’s won a lot of huge matches for us. The thing about Vahid is he’s just so consistent and plays good every day. He doesn’t have bad matches. I’m really proud of the careers that they’ve had. For Owen being from Tallahassee, I think it’s great having a local person on the team and help bring that support.”
Mirzadeh has spent three years as a member of the tennis team and the last two as the captain. This season he is 13-4 in dual match play including an impressive nine match win streak. In doubles play he and Smith have teamed up to play stellar tennis as they boast a 32-15 record together the last two seasons. Not only is he good on the courts, he has excelled in the classroom being named to the ACC Honor Roll and the Academic All-ACC teams for the 2009 and 2010 season.
Bowles has been wearing the garnet and gold for the past four season during which he was ranked in singles play from the fall of his freshman year to now. He is currently tied for the most 20 win seasons in school history and is currently fourth all-time with 91 career singles wins. He was named to the All-ACC Team in 2008 and 2009 and was the 2009 Wilson/ITA Southeast Regional Champion in singles. During his career he has won 11 matches over opponents ranked in the top 25 in singles and doubles.
The Tallahassee native Long has spent the last three seasons as a member of the team. This fall he and Jordan Kelly-Houston paired up in doubles to reach the third round of the ITA Southeast Regionals. At the Thomasville Collegiate Invitational he and Andres Bucaro nabbed two wins in doubles play. Long was named to the ACC Honor Roll last season.
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