Tallahassee, FL - After winning their first match of the season, the No. 27 Florida State men’s tennis team will return to the courts to host the Seminole Quad at the Scott Speicher Tennis Center. Florida State will face No. 42 Nebraska at 9:00 a.m. Saturday morning which will be followed by a 3:00 p.m. bout against Florida Atlantic. Sunday will feature Florida State against Furman at noon.
“It’s a little bit of an overload playing three matches in two days, but it’s early in the season and we’ve got to get a lot of match play in before National Indoors,” said head coach Dwayne Hultquist. “I like what we did last weekend at the Illini Open but this is just kind of following up and playing everyone hard.”
The Seminoles posted a 7-0 victory on Tuesday against Troy to start the dual-match season. Senior Vahid Mirzadeh (Wellington, Fla.) and sophomore Connor Smith (Tampa, Fla.) are off to good starts with a 4-0 record in doubles play this semester. Smith, along with fellow sophomores Andres Bucaro (Guatemala City, Guatemala) and Anderson Reed (Daphne, Ala.) and freshman Blake Davis (Austin, Texas) are off to 3-1 records in singles play.
“Nebraska is going to be a really difficult match,” continued Hultquist. “They were a very good team last year and I think they are probably one of the best Nebraska teams ever. We have to look at FAU and Furman, too. Those are teams who historically do well in their conferences and are potential NCAA teams.”
Furman is a very familiar face for Florida State. The Seminoles and Paladins have faced off every year since 1982 except in 2008 when the match was cancelled due to rain. The two teams first faced in 1962, which was Paul Scarpa’s (Furman’s head coach) senior year at Florida State where he was the top singles and doubles player. Florida State holds a 32-4 all-time record against Furman.
Florida Atlantic is also a familiar opponent for the Seminoles having last played in 2009. FSU holds an 11-0 record for the series which dates back to 1982. Nebraska is the lesser known team for the Seminoles, Florida State holds a 2-1 record with wins in 1982, 1988 and a lose in 2006.
**** NOTE: Tomorrow’s Florida State men’s tennis match against Nebraska (as well as the FAU vs. Furman match) has been moved from 9:00am to 10:30am due to the cold weather in the morning. No other match times have been changed. ****