Sept. 22, 2011
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida State men’s tennis team has all eight members of this year’s squad playing together for the first time this fall. The Seminoles will be competing on the campus of USF at the State of Florida Championships which has Florida State joining the Bulls as well as UCF, Florida Atlantic, Florida Gulf Coast, Miami and North Florida in the tournament.
The tournament features two singles draws and one doubles draw. Play will begin Friday at 9:00 a.m. with doubles and conclude Sunday afternoon. Six `Noles will play in the Singles A Draw with all having the possibility to play one another in the quarterfinals on Saturday.
After opening their season two weeks ago, senior Jason Zafiros (Bradenton, Fla.), junior Anderson Reed (Daphne, Ala.), and freshman Dominic Cotrone (Bradenton, Fla.) will all be in the Singles A Draw. Making their debuts this year will be junior Jordan Kelly-Houston (Christchurch, New Zealand) and sophomore Blake Davis (Austin, Texas) while freshman Cristian Gonzalez Mendez (Santiago de Compostela, Spain) will be making his collegiate debut.
In the Singles B Draw, redshirt-sophomore transfer Brian Alden (Barrington, Ill.) will make his debut at Florida State after receiving a bye in the first round. Also receiving a bye in the first round is junior Andres Bucaro (Guatemala City, Guatemala).
Doubles begins the season with a different look from last year with only one duo having playing experience together. Kelly-Houston and Davis ended last season with a 6-3 record and look to build off of that in 2011. Cotrone and Reed paired up two weeks ago at the Thomasville Collegiate Invitational where they reach the championship round. Alden and Zafiros are pairing up together and received a bye in the first round along with the previously mentioned duos. The only doubles pair to play in the first round tomorrow will be Bucaro and Gonzalez.
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