April 1, 2010
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The No. 22 Florida State men’s tennis team plays host to ACC foes No. 24 Wake Forest and No. 40 NC State this Easter weekend. The Wolfpack plays on Friday, April 2 at 5:00 p.m. while the Demon Deacons will play on Sunday, April 4 at noon. The Seminoles are 11-5 this season and 4-2 in the ACC.
“Wake Forest had a big win this past week over North Carolina,” said head coach Dwayne Hultquist. “I look at the top seven or eight teams in the ACC and they are all going to be very, very strong top 25 teams. There’s not many days in the ACC we’re going to have an easy day. NC State’s a very good team. They’re going to come ready to play. They always compete really hard and we know we have a tough weekend.”
After falling to No. 1 Virginia and No. 18 Virginia Tech this past weekend, the Seminoles are looking to return home and get back to their winning ways.
The Seminoles currently boast three singles student-athletes ranked in the ITA Men’s Singles Rankings and two groups in doubles. Senior Jean-Yves Aubone (Miami, Fla.) leads the way with a ranking of No. 24. At No. 40 is senior Vahid Mirzadeh, a native of Wellington, Fla., who upset the No. 3 player in the nation last weekend. Junior Clint Bowles (Tampa, Fla.) closes it out for the Seminoles at No. 63.
In doubles, the Seminoles are back-to-back with Aubone and Bowles at No. 38 while Mirzadeh and freshman Connor Smith (Tampa, Fla.) are sitting at No. 39.
Last season the Seminoles defeated NC State 6-1 with Aubone and Bowles winning both their singles and doubles matches. Florida State fell to Wake Forest last season 4-2 with Mirzadeh winning both his singles and doubles matches.
NC State has one player ranked in singles in Jamie Pulgar at No. 70. Wake Forest has three players ranked by the ITA in singles with Tripper Carleton at No. 42, Steven Forman at No. 56 and Iain Atkinson closing it out at No. 101. Forman and Atkinson are ranked in doubles at No. 14.
On Sunday, an Easter Egg Hunt will take place between singles and doubles play at the courts. Admission to the Scott Speicher Tennis Center is free.