April 15, 2010
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The No. 27 Florida State men’s tennis team will close out their regular season with two matches at home this weekend. The Seminoles (13-6, 6-3) face No. 14 Duke (15-6, 8-1) on Friday at 5 p.m. and then return to the courts on Sunday at noon against No. 19 North Carolina (16-5, 6-3). Florida State will honor their seniors on Sunday.
“I think this weekend is a huge weekend in the fact that we can finish anywhere from second to seventh in conference,” explains head coach Dwayne Hultquist. “Duke and North Carolina are both top 20 teams so it gives us great opportunities to get some big wins at home. It’s also Senior Weekend so we want our guys to go out with a win.”
The Seminoles currently have three players ranked by the ITA. Senior Jean-Yves Aubone (Miami, Fla.) leads the way ranked at No. 27. Senior Vahid Mirzadeh (Wellington, Fla.) is ranked at No. 48 and junior Clint Bowles (Tampa, Fla.) is No. 69 in singles.
In doubles play, Aubone and Bowles are ranked No. 42 while Mirzadeh and freshman Connor Smith (Tampa, Fla.) are No. 57.
Florida State will face some tough competition with eight competitors ranked in singles and three ranked in doubles. The Tar Heels hold the No. 46, 53, 85, 116 and 118 rankings in singles and No. 27 in doubles. Duke boasts the No. 3, 86 and 104 singles players and No. 1 and 64 doubles teams.
Last season the Seminoles faced North Carolina and won 5-2. The Seminoles faced the Blue Devils three times last season and came out 3-0.
The Seminoles will be honoring Aubone, Mirzadeh and Keith Embree (Naples, Fla.) on Sunday for their careers at Florida State.
“I think for a four year span, this has probably been the best in school history especially for Jean-Yves who has been here for the entire time span,” said Hultquist. “Vahid and Keith have certainly added a lot the last two years. I think Vahid has had a great senior year being ranked high in singles and doubles and just winning a lot of big matches and being a great leader.”
The first fans in attendance will receive free Seminole water bottles. Admission is free at the Scott Speicher Tennis Center.