Tallahassee, FL -- In the midst of a five match losing streak, the No. 47 Florida State men’s tennis team (6-10, 1-4) looks to get back to its winning ways with a pair of conference matches this weekend. The team travels to No. 59 NC State (8-9, 0-5) on Friday, April 1 at 3:00 p.m. then drives up the road for a bout against No. 35 Wake Forest (8-7, 2-3) on Sunday, April 3 at noon.
“Both teams have made nice little runs the last couple years and have made the final site,” said head coach Dwayne Hultquist. “We know playing on the road is always difficult and we’re looking forward to the challenge of playing up there in North Carolina. After playing Virginia, it’s important to get some momentum before we head to the ACC Championships.”
Florida State has had a trying season facing a difficult schedule with 22 of their 24 opponents ranked at one point of the season. Six of their ten losses have come to teams ranked in the top seven of the nation.
In singles play, senior Vahid Mirzadeh (Wellington, Fla.) is leading the team with 11 singles win and is ranked No. 24 in the nation. Senior Clint Bowles (Tampa, Fla.) is ranked at No. 91. Sophomore Connor Smith (Tampa, Fla.) and Mirzadeh are ranked No. 12 in doubles with a 12-5 record this spring.
Wake Forest features two ranked singles players in No. 63 Jonathan Wolff and No. 113 Tripper Carleton. Iain Atkinson and David Hopkins stand at No. 36 in doubles play. NC State has no players ranked in singles or doubles.
The Seminoles hold a 17-3 record over NC State while winning the last five matches. Current ‘Noles Bowles, Jordan Kelly-Houston (Christchurch, New Zealand) and Andres Bucaro (Guatemala City, Guatemala) all earned singles wins against the Wolfpack last year.
Against Wake Forest, Florida State is 19-8 but has lost the previous two matches. Last season Bowles and Kelly-Houston both won their singles matches to put points on the board.