Oct. 24, 2009
ATHENS, Ga. – Florida State’s duo of Vahid Mirzadeh and Connor Smith advance to the Wilson/ITA Southeast Regional Championship’s doubles’ semifinals tomorrow. Mirzadeh and Clint Bowles both won their round of 32 and round of 16 matches today, October 24. The Seminoles continue play at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex tomorrow.
On the main singles draw, the junior No. 33 Bowles (Tampa, Fla.) defeated Miami’s Christian Blocker 6-0, 6-1 in the round of 32. Elliot Potvin of Georgia Tech fell to Bowles 7-6, 6-3 in the round of 16. No. 115 Mirzadeh, a senior from Welington, Fla., won against Dan Cash of Florida 6-3, 6-2 in the round of 32. He later defeated Georgia Tech’s Dusan Milijevic 6-1, 6-0 in the round of 16. Both advance to tomorrow’s quarterfinals.
“I was very pleased,” stated head coach Dwayne Hultquist. “They both won kind of in a dominating style. Clint won four straight sets and had really a terrific day. Vahid did the same. They have some tough battles in the quarters tomorrow but I’m pleased they both advanced.”
Mirzadeh continued his winning ways alongside freshman Smith (Tampa, Fla.) by defeating Georgia Tech’s team of Dean O’Brien and Kevin King 8-5. The duo goes on to the doubles’ semifinals tomorrow to face No. 2 Nate Schnugg and Jamie Hunt of Georgia.
“I thought they both looked real good,” described Hultquist. “I thought Clint really adjusted in the second set and really started picking up his return serve. I thought both of them played aggressively today and did a good job of getting to the net and finishing points off. I thought their focus and attitude were terrific today.”
The schedule tomorrow consists of singles quarterfinals at 10 a.m., singles semifinals at 2 p.m. and doubles semifinals. The doubles finals could be played tomorrow or Monday. The singles and doubles winners automatically qualify for the ITA National Indoor Championships at Yale University Nov. 5-8.
Connor Smith/Vahid Mirzadeh (FSU) def. Dean O’Brien/Kevin King (GT) 8-5
Drake Bernstein/Javier Garrapiz (UGA) def. Clint Bowles/Andres Bucaro (FSU) 8-3