Men's Tennis Hosts No. 18 Florida State, Miami
March 28, 2013
RALEIGH, N.C. - The NC State men's tennis team will continue its five-match homestand with a pair of ACC contests over the weekend against No. 18 Florida State and Miami. The Wolfpack will face the Seminoles Friday, March 29, at 2:30 p.m., before taking the court against the Hurricanes Sunday, March 31, at noon.
The Wolfpack (10-6, 3-1 ACC) will look to improve on its conference mark after collecting a pair of ACC road wins in each its last two conference matches. The Pack upset the 15th-ranked Clemson Tigers, 4-2, last Friday, before taking a 4-3 victory against the Yellow Jackets, Sunday, March 24. State collected its second sweep of the season, 7-0, against the Wisconsin Badgers in its most recent outing, Tuesday afternoon.
For the second-consecutive weekend, State's 16th-ranked doubles duo of Dave Thomson and Sean Weber will face ranked opponents in both matches. Friday, the duo will take on FSU's 45th-ranked tandem of Benjamin Lock and Andres Bucaro and before facing off against Miami's Wilfredo Gonzalez and Omar Aly, who rank No. 66 in the latest ITA poll.
Thomson and Weber have compiled a 16-6 record on the season, including a 10-3 mark in doubles matches at the No. 1 spot in the lineup. The duo is 8-2 in their last 10 contests.
Sophomore Austin Powell has been playing well for the Wolfpack in singles play and is currently on a six-match winning streak. The Muscle Shoals, Ala., native clinched both matches against Clemson and Georgia Tech with wins at No. 3 singles. Tuesday, against Wisconsin, Powell outlasted his opponent in a tough three-set match.
Scouting Florida State: The Florida State Seminoles enter Friday's contest with a record of 14-4, including a 2-1 mark in conference play. In their last outing, the 18th-ranked Seminoles defeated Miami, 5-2, in Tallahassee, Fla. FSU is led by the 121st-ranked singles player, Dominic Cotrone, and the 45th-ranked doubles duo of Lock and Bucaro.
Once a Seminole, Now a Wolfpack: Both of NC State's first-year assistant coaches played their collegiate tennis at Florida State. Mat Cloer was a two-time ACC Player of the Year as a member of the Seminoles, while Maciek Sykut finished his career at FSU with the second-most singles wins in program history (93).
Last Meeting: The Pack dropped a tough 4-3 decision on the road against the Seminoles on March 25, 2012. FSU claimed the doubles point and went on to win three of six singles matches.
Scouting Miami: Miami is currently 12-6 on the season and 1-1 in the ACC. The Hurricanes will compete in Winston-Salem, N.C., against Wake Forest before Sunday's matchup with the Wolfpack. Miami lost a 5-2 decision to Florida State in its last outing. The Hurricanes are led by Gonzalez, who boasts a team-high 13 wins in dual matches. Miami also owns the 66th-ranked doubles pair of Gonzalez and Aly.
Last Meeting: State edged the Hurricanes, 4-3, in Coral Gables, Fla., behind the strength of three straight-set wins after claiming the doubles point. The match took place March 23, 2012.