April 9, 2010
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The No. 25 Florida State men’s tennis team travels to College Park, Md., this weekend to play Maryland in their final road dual-match of the season at 12:00 p.m. The Seminoles are 12-6 overall and 5-3 in conference play while the Terrapins are 13-8 and 1-6 in the ACC.
“Maryland has a lot of freshmen and have a first year coach,” explained head coach Dwayne Hultquist. “He’s got them playing really hard and they’re doing a really great job. They are playing a lot of the better teams very close. I know they played North Carolina 4-3, last match on. We expect a tough match. You never know what the weather will be like this time of the year but I know it’s going to be competitive and they’ll play well.”
Florida State comes off a weekend in which the Seminoles defeated No. 40 ranked NC State in Tallahassee and fell to No. 24 Wake Forest. Florida State is an impressive 3-1 in matches following a loss with all three victories over ranked opponents. The Seminoles have dropped consecutive matches just once this season.
FSU currently boasts three singles student-athletes ranked in the ITA Men’s Singles poll and two groups in doubles. Reigning ACC Player of the Year and senior Jean-Yves Aubone (Miami, Fla.) is 14-6 in singles and leads the way with a ranking of No. 24. At No. 40 is senior Vahid Mirzadeh, a native of Wellington, Fla. who is 16-4 in singles play this spring, has a victory over the No. 3 ranked player and has lost just one match in straight sets. 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. The two teams are a combined 22-10 in doubles action this season.
Florida State has a remarkable 20-1 overall record against Maryland in program history. The Seminoles have knocked off the Terrapins 19 consecutive times dating all the way back to 1984. In those 19 straight wins, Florida State has won by a combined score of 121-6.
The Seminoles will return home on Friday, April 16 when they host ACC foe North Carolina at the Scott Speicher Tennis Center at 5:00 p.m. Senior Day is on April 18th against Duke at noon where the team will recognize the seniors for their contributions to the team during their careers at Florida State. The first 75 fans in attendance will receive garnet and gold shakers.