Feb. 22, 2013
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The No. 29 Florida State men’s tennis team (9-2) travels to the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla., this weekend for a match against No. 7 Pepperdine (6-2) on Sunday at 1 p.m. This is the second time the teams have faced off against one another this season. The match will be shown for free at live.imgacademies.com.
“It’s a neutral site, however I like the fact it’s in the state of Florida,” said head coach Dwayne Hultquist. “We have a lot of support in the Bradenton, Sarasota and Tampa areas. We have a lot of former players that live in that area as well. We have a good following so it’s fun to play a match down there. I’m thrilled to see college tennis have more TV exposure. With it being live streamed and having legendary coach Nick Bollettieri commenting on it, I think it should be a great event.”
The two teams faced each other during the ITA Kick-Off Weekend with Pepperdine winning 5-2. The Seminoles started strong by winning the doubles point and senior Anderson Reed winning the lone singles match. The two teams have faced off six times since 2006 and are 3-3 against one another. The last time the Seminoles won was in 2010.
Having only lost one doubles point the entire season, the Seminoles are led by senior Jordan Kelly-Houston and Reed who had a 6-1 mark this spring. Senior Andres Bucaro and Lock are ranked No. 52 in the nation with a 4-1 record. Cotrone and freshman Michael Rinaldi close it out with a 5-2 record.
With 71 all-time doubles wins, Bucaro is just three wins away from entering the top ten list at Florida State. Reed is just four wins away with 70 career doubles wins.
IMG Academy has 52 tennis courts, indoor, hard and clay, which makes it an opportune place to host a college match. For Florida State, IMG Academy is home to former Seminoles Jason Zafiros, current student-athlete Cotrone and recent signee Grayson Goldin.
For more information, check back to Seminoles.com. You can also follow the team at Twitter.com/FSU_MTennis.