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Seminoles Prepare For ACC Men’s Tennis Championships

April 21, 2010

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The No. 28 Florida State men’s tennis team enters the ACC Championships on Thursday against No. 49 Clemson at noon. After going 13-8 during the regular season and 6-5 in the ACC, the Noles are playing as the No. 7 seed while the Tigers are the No. 10 seed. Match play will take place at the Cary Tennis Park in Cary, N.C. If the Noles defeat Clemson, they will face No. 2 seed Duke on Friday at noon.

Florida State enters the ACC Championships with an all-time 15-18 record in the tournament. The Seminoles have reached the Championship match one time, which was in 2005. The Garnet and Gold have reached the semifinals the last five consecutive years. In order for the No. 7 seed Seminoles to reach the semifinals this season, they will need to beat No. 2 Seed Duke. But first, Florida State will face No. 10 seed Clemson on Thursday.

For the first round of the ACC Championships, the No. 7 seed FSU will face No. 10 seed Clemson. Earlier this season the Seminoles defeated the Tigers 7-0. In singles, Jean-Yves Aubone, Vahid Mirzadeh, Clint Bowles, Connor Smith and Anderson Reed all won their matches in two sets. Andres Bucaro won in the third. In doubles play, Mirzadeh and Smith won on court one while Bucaro and Reed came out on top on court three. The only loss came to Bowles/Aubone on court two.

If the Seminoles advance to second round play on Friday, they will look to rematch No. 2 seed Duke. Florida State faced the Blue Devils just a few days ago on April 18. The Seminoles will look for redemption as Duke won 5-2 on Senior Day. FSU won the doubles point with the No. 42 duo of Aubone and Bowles winning 9-7 on court two and Reed and Jordan Kelly-Houston winning 8-5 on court three. The No. 57 duo of Mirzadeh and Smith came close to upsetting the No. 1 team in the nation of Cunha and Carleton but fell 9-8 (11). In singles play, Mirzadeh was able to pull out a win for his last match at the Scott Speicher Tennis Center. He defeated the No. 86 player in the nation to get the win.

Florida State entered the tournament as the No. 4 seed to get a pass through the first round of play. On the second day of competition, the Seminoles faced No. 5 seed Duke for the third time that season. The Seminoles won the doubles point and proceeded to use the momentum in singles to win the match 4-1. In the semifinals Florida State faced No. 1 seed and the No. 1 team in the country Virginia. Drew Bailey and Maciek Sykut defeated the No. 4 doubles tandem in the nation 8-3 but the Seminoles eventually lost the doubles point. In singles play the Cavaliers finished the match quickly to win 4-0.

Senior Jean-Yves Aubone will leave a legacy that will forever be etched in Seminole lore. Besides being only the second ACC Player of the Year to don Garnet and Gold, he is also the first two-time All-American at Florida State. Coming into the tournament he is on three career all-time lists. With 158 total wins, he is tied for sixth in overall career wins. He is seventh in career doubles wins and ninth in career singles wins. In 2008, Aubone and Bowles set the all-time single season wins record with 28 victories. Aubone still has time this season to continue moving on up the charts.

Senior Jean-Yves Aubone was awarded his fourth career ACC Player of the Week after scoring a pair of straight-set singles wins over played ranked among the nation’s Top 25. Ranked No. 35 in the nation at the time, Aubone defeated Rice’s No. 25 player Bruno Rosa (7-5, 6-4) and Casey Watt of Notre Dame 6-2, 6-4. He and Clint Bowles also upset the No. 22 duo of Ed Corrie and Kellen Damico of Texas that same week. Aubone has been awarded and ACC Player of the Week once every year since the 2006-07 season.

Vahid Mirzadeh has had an excellent senior season thus far going 23-9 this year with a 18-5 record in the spring. The other record Mirzadeh holds is 2-0 in singles matches against players ranked in the top ten. In early March, he faced No. 10 Ed Corrie of Texas. Although he lost the first set, he came back strong to win the second set 6-1. He forced the third set and won to clinch the match. Later in the month when the Seminoles traveled to Virginia, he once again defeated a top ten opponent, this time it was No. 3 Sanam Singh. Mirzadeh needed only two sets to upset the Cavalier to win 6-3, 7-5.

The Seminoles went streaking quite a few times this season as a team and individually. Florida State won nine of ten straight matches to begin the season…senior Vahid Mirzadeh won 11 singles matches in a row and went 15-1 to begin the season… Mirzadeh’s won 13 sets in a row between 1/30-3/6… Clint Bowles won seven matches in a row towards the end of the season from 3/20-4/16… Jean-Yves Aubone started the season 10-2… freshman Andres Bucaro started the spring season with five straight singles matches and proceeded to go 9-1… freshman Connor Smith started the season with an 8-2 record in singles play… Mirzadeh and Smith had two different streaks of 6-1 during the year in doubles play… Bucaro and Anderson Reed went 7-1 in doubles from 1/23-3/6.

This season the Seminoles played freshmen the entire season on courts 4-6. Each freshman held a winning record on at least one court. Connor Smith lead the way with a 9-5 record on court four for the season. Jordan Kelly-Houston held a 5-3 mark on court five. Andres Bucaro holds a perfect 4-0 record on court six. Anderson Reed was 5-4 on court six. Bucaro also upset a ranked player, No. 115 Finn Tearney of Pepperdine, which was the clinching match for Florida State to upset Pepperdine. The freshmen clinched seven of Florida State’s 13 wins this season.

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