TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida State men’s tennis team opens the 2014-15 season this weekend in two separate tournaments with the Southern Intercollegiate Championships in Athens, Ga., and the Bedford Cup in Jacksonville.
“We’re looking forward to getting our fall season started and playing in two great tournaments in the Southern Intercollegiate and the Bedford Cup,” said head coach Dwayne Hultquist. “It’s always good to play against guys other than our own, which we’ve been doing in preparation for the season the last couple of weeks. I’m looking forward to seeing where we are as a team.”
The 2014 Southern Intercollegiate Championships is hosted by the University of Georgia at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex in Athens, Ga. The Seminoles are sending four athletes, senior Cristian Gonzalez Mendez, junior Marco Nunez and redshirt freshmen Jose Gracia and Parker Evertsen. Gonzalez Mendez is the No. 13 seed in the Division I singles draw, where he will face Santiago Munoz of Arkansas at 10:30 a.m. Friday morning. Nunez will open the Division I draw against Rodrigo Encinas of College of Charleston Friday at 12 p.m.
Gracia opens the Division II singles draw at 9 a.m. Friday against Ismael Merino of East Tennessee State. Evertsen opens the Division III draw against Garrett Gordon of College of Charleston at 10:30 a.m.
In the Division I doubles draw, Gonzalez Mendez and Nunez will have a bye in the first round and face Brice Allanic and Zack Lewis of College of Charleston in the second round at 3 p.m. Friday afternoon. Nunez and teammate Benjamin Lock were recently named the No. 10 doubles team in the country, but Lock is in Egypt playing in the Davis Cup for Zimbabwe through the weekend.
In Division II doubles, the freshmen Evertsen and Gracia will take on Florida Atlantic’s Robert Dubuque and Ignacio Jiminez at 1 p.m. Friday.
The Seminoles finished last season ranked No. 37 in the ITA Rankings, and will look to reach the NCAA Tournament in 2015 for a school-record 13th consecutive season. To go with the No. 10 doubles ranking with Nunez, Lock is also ranked No. 79 nationally in singles, while Gonzalez Mendez is ranked No. 103 in the country.
The Seminoles are sending four student-athletes to Jacksonville to compete in the Bedford Cup, hosted by the University of North Florida. The tournament features college athletes from around the state of Florida. Last year’s event, hosted by Florida State, saw senior Cristian Gonzalez Mendez of FSU win the men’s singles draw.
This year, the Noles will send sophomores Grayson Goldin, Jack Haffey, and Jake Albo, along with redshirt junior João Gauer to Jacksonville to participate in the Bedford Cup. Draws for both the singles and doubles draws will be available late Thursday evening.
For updates throughout the weekend, check back to Seminoles.com for all your information on the men’s tennis team and follow the team on Twitter at @FSU_MTennis.