Boise State Faces #29 Florida State In NCAA's

You never want to say you're happy just to be selected for a national tournament but there was probably jubilation in Boise when Coach Greg Patton's team was selected last week. The Broncos take on #29 Florida State this Saturday in the opening round of the NCAA Tennis Tournament in Athens, Georgia.

#42 Boise State faces a tough Florida State team in the opening round of the men's NCAA Tennis Tournament next Saturday in Athens , Georgia .  Both teams received at-large berths after losing in conference tournaments. 

Boise State had an up-and-down season, as Coach Greg Patton's team struggled to a third-place finish in the regular season and then were eliminated 4-2 by Fresno State in the semifinals of the Western Athletic Conference Tournament. 

The Broncos are led by WAC Player of the Year James Meredith.  Filipp Pogostkin was named WAC Freshman of the Year. 

Florida State sports a 14-9 record, 6-5 in the Atlantic Coast Conference.  The ‘Noles disposed of Clemson in the opening round of the ACC Tournament before running into 17th-ranked Duke, which eliminated them 4-0.  Boise State used to be of the caliber of this year's Blue Devils but that was when Brothers Shields played for them a few short years ago. 

Dwayne Hulquist has guided FSU for 11 seasons, leading them into the NCAA Tournament for the past eight years.  Florida State has beaten 10 ranked teams this spring, including #16 Pepperdine (4-3), #29 LSU (4-2), #38 Georgia Tech (5-2) and #39 Miami of Florida (5-2).  They also lost to 44th-ranked Notre Dame.

PhotobucketThe Seminoles are led by #31 Jean-Yves Aubone (5-9, Sr. from Miami, Florida), who has a 17-8 record this spring.  Among Aubone's victims was 19th-ranked Casey Watt of Notre Dame.

  Photobucket#54 Vahid Mirzadeh (19-5) will probably play #2 singles while 66th-ranked Clint Bowles (5-9, Jr. from Tampa, FL)Photobucket is 14-5 at #3 singles.  All Mirzadeh (5-9, Sr. from Wellington, Florida) did was shock Sanam Singh, the #2 singles player in the United States, and also come away with a win over 10th-ranked Ed  Corrie of Texas. 

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is solid 1-3; they have taken down 15 ranked opponents between them.  Connor Smith (6-1, Fr. from Tampa) is 11-7 overall but 9-5 at #4 singles.  Hultquist will count on freshman Jordan Kelly-Houston (8-9) at #5 singles while another freshman, Anderson Reed will likely go at #6 singles.   Andres Bucaro, a 6-1 freshman from Guatemala, also has considerable experience at both #5 and #6 and could be substituted for one of those two.  To win the match, Boise State will have to come through in the lower part of the lineup.   

To succeed in tennis at this level, it is almost imperative that you win the doubles point.  Mirzadeh and Smith are going to be hard to stop at #1 doubles—they are 17-8 this season.  The duo was able to down #2-ranked Schnugg/ and Hunt of Georgia last October.  Aubone and Bowles form a lethal combination at #2, going 13-4 this spring.   Aubone and Bowles put away #19 Singh and Barrick of Virginia in conference play.  Should Boise State be fortunate enough to topple one of the top two tandems, they will have to be victorious against the #3 team of Reed and Buccaro.  

Getting through Florida State will not be easy for this young Boise State team—they clearly will have to play their best tennis of the year.  

First serve is set for Saturday at 1 p.m.  


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