Oct. 2, 2009
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida State men’s tennis team looked good in day one of the Seminole Invitational at the Scott Speicher Tennis Center. Going 7-4 on the day as a group, the Seminoles showed some character in fighting through to the very end in many tough matches.
Connor Smith, a Tampa, Fla., native, was impressive in his first round match against Michael Moore from FAMU. It was a very close match, but Smith ended up getting the best of his foe, 7-6, 7-5. His tournament weekend came to a close earlier than expected in his second round match, while leading 5-3, Smith rolled his left ankle and was forced to retire. The trainers believe he is questionable to make his qualifying draw match in the All-American Championships in Tulsa, Okla., which begins on Monday, October 5.
“We are disappointed a little bit with Connor getting hurt,” head coach Dwayne Hultquist said. “I really feel like he was primed to make a good run here. His game was coming around and he was leading when he injured his ankle. So we’ll have to see how long he’s out having to come back from that ankle injury.”
Andres Bucaro (Guatemala City, Guat.), battled a tough three-set match early in the day with Alex Emery from UAB. He narrowly lost the first set, 6-7, and then quickly took the second set, 6-0. In the decisive third set, Bucaro was on the ropes at 5-6, but fought back to tie it up and win the match by taking the tie breaker 7-6(5). He took that confidence into his second round matchup, winning in commanding fashion, 6-2, 6-0.
Keith Embree made it to the quarterfinals as well, outlasting Hrehan Hakeem from Mississippi State in the second round. Embree took the match to three sets, and won it 7-5, 3-6, 6-4.
Owen Long had only one singles match today, falling to Joe Delinks from UCF, 6-2, 6-2. The match was closer than the score shows, Long had a few bad breaks throughout the match.
Anderson Reed had a difficult first round match, being bested 7-6, 6-4. He didn’t allow that to keep him down as he dominated in his consolation round match, soundly defeating Aroon Khatter from Jacksonville, 6-0, 6-1.
Aaron May had some struggles in his singles match, losing 3-6, 6-0, 6-1. However, teaming up with Reed on the doubles side brought forth an exciting win. May and Reed both were using the hometown crowd to their advantage, taking an 8-5 win.
“Overall, the day was a pretty good day. I was especially pleased with Andres coming through and getting to the quarterfinals. Also pleased with Keith getting to the quarterfinals in the “B” draw. All in all, I think it was a good effort. This is a really nice tournament with a lot of good players and a lot of good teams.”
Winner’s bracket matches in both the “A” and “B” draw will start at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, with consolation matches starting around 10:30 a.m. Doubles will resume in the afternoon.
Continue to check out Seminoles.com for updated draws and results throughout the weekend.
FSU’s Friday results
Joe Delinks (UCF) d. Owen Long (FSU) – 6-2, 6-2
Graham Edgar (UNF) d. Aaron May (FSU) – 3-6, 6-0, 6-1
Reed/May (FSU) d. Esteban/Vaz (JU) – 8-5
Hollimon/Petrich (UAB) d. Long/Embree (FSU) – 8-6