Feb. 4, 2010
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - The No. 18 Florida State men's tennis team (3-1), fresh off a 4-2 victory over No. 29 LSU in their last match, hosts two ranked opponents this weekend. South Florida starts the weekend on Saturday at noon. Furman, which was originally planned for Friday, has been moved to Sunday at 11:00 am.
"I think we're just kind of working on trying to be good everyday," said head coach Dwayne Hultquist. "We need to play good matches and not have our lows too low; some days have highs. We are getting to the point where we are consistently winning at each spot."
This marks the third consecutive season that the Seminoles and Bulls have met and the 42nd time overall. Florida State holds a 22-19 edge in the all-time series. No. 42 South Florida (1-3) also took part in the ITA Kick-Off last weekend, dropping dual-matches to No. 17 Pepperdine and No. 42 Hawaii.
"South Florida has a very good, solid team," Hultquist said. "We've won a majority of times over the last several years. They've traditionally been a top 25-30 team in the country. They've won rounds at NCAA, made the NCAA most every year. They're kind of an international team, where ours is mainly guys from Florida."
No. 59 Furman opened their 2010 spring season last weekend in Gainesville, Fla. at the ITA Kick-Off falling to No. 11 Florida and No. 55 Penn State. FSU has won 19 consecutive dual-matches against Furman - dating all the way back to 1989. Since then, the programs have met every year with the exception of 2008. The Seminoles are 31-4 all-time against Furman in a series that began in 1962.
The Seminoles are currently 3-1 after a successful start to the season. Their victory over No. 29 LSU on Saturday marked their first win over a Top 30 opponent this year. Last season, Florida State knocked off eight Top 30 opponents in one of the most successful campaigns in program history.
A big component of FSU's early success has been the emergence of three freshmen. The first-year trio of Connor Smith (Tampa, Fla.), Andres Bucaro (Guatemala City, Guatemala) and Anderson Reed (Daphne, Ala.) have combined for a singles record of 14-3 so far in the spring season. Bucaro and Reed have also posted a 4-1 record as doubles partners and Smith is 3-1 in doubles play as he, along with senior teammate Vahid Mirzadeh (Wellington, Fla.), are the No. 31 ranked tandem in the country.
Florida State faced off against both Furman and USF last year, dropping a 5-2 decision to the Bulls and defeating the Paladins 7-0.
All matches this weekend will take place at the Scott Speicher Tennis Center on the campus of Florida State University. Admission is free.