Oct. 22, 2009
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - The Florida State men's tennis team travels to Athens, Ga., this weekend to compete in the 2009 Wilson/ITA Southeast Regional Championships at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex. A total of eight players will represent the Seminoles. FSU begins doubles play tomorrow at 9 a.m. and then compete in singles at 11 a.m.
"We're looking forward to competing up in Athens, which is a great venue to play up there," head coach Dwayne Hultquist stated. "They have a great tradition. I think our region, which is the first year its been played, is probably the strongest region in the county with four teams finishing in the top 20 last year. I think we have so many ranked players competing that I really see the draw up there as being probably the best tournament in the country of the regional championships."
In singles play, No. 33 Clint Bowles, a junior from Tampa, Fla., will face Florida's Erik Corace while fellow Tampa neighbor, freshman Connor Smith will compete against No. 23 Alex Lacroix also of Florida. Seniors No. 115 Vahid Mirzadeh (Wellington, Fla.) and Keith Embree (Naples, Fla.) will face No. 69 Marc Abdelnour of Florida Atlantic and No. 5 Guillermo Gomez of Georgia tech, respectively. The freshmen round out the group with Andres Bucaro (Guatemale City, Guatemala) against No. 38 Javier Garrapiz of Georgia, Anderson Reed (Daphnem, Ala.) verses Georgia Tech's Juan Spir and Aaron May (Niceville, Fla.) facing Daniel Vardag of Florida Atlantic.
In doubles play, Embree and Owen Long (Tallahassee) will compete against Stetson's Maksim Levanovich and Cesare Gallo. Mirzadeh and Smith will face Miami's Maylon Chin and Barnabas Carrega. The duo of May and Reed will compete against Peter Frank and Mark Olijaca of South Florida. Bowles and Bucaro battle Mercer's Evandro Rosindo and David Barton.
"We're excited to see how we do with some new doubles teams and see how they do together," said Hultquist.
The tournament consists of a main singles draw with 64 players and a 32-team doubles division. Eight singles qualifying matches will be played Thursday at 4:30 p.m. which includes sophomore Seminole Long. The tournament continues through Monday, October 22. The singles and doubles winners automatically qualify for the ITA National Indoor Championships at Yale University Nov. 5-8.