April 26, 2013
CARY, N.C. – Although the No. 34 Florida State men’s tennis team came out strong, the No. 9 Duke Blue Devils (22-4) defeated the Seminoles 4-0 in the quarterfinals of the ACC Championships at the Cary Tennis Park.
In doubles play, the matches started even but Duke ultimately broke the Seminoles to take the wins on courts one and three. The No. 6 duo of Henrique Cunha and Raphael Hemmeler took a 4-1 lead against Florida State’s No. 17 Dominic Cotrone and Blake Davis. The Seminoles fought back to 4-4, but lost a triple break point to go down 4-5 with the Blue Devils running the rest of the match to win 8-4. On court three, seniors Jordan Kelly-Houston and Anderson Reed both played well against the No. 64 duo Fred Saba and Chris Mengel but lost 8-4.
“The key point in doubles was when we fought back to make the match 4-all, but lost the triple break point,” said head coach Dwayne Hultquist. “Duke is a very good team and I anticipate they will go very far in the NCAA Championships.”
The Seminoles were slightly lackluster in the first sets in singles except for No. 109 Dominic Cotrone who was taking on No. 6 Cunha of Duke. While matches were finishes around them, no one could distract both elite players as they battled back and forth. The players would break their opponent and then get broke right back. In a long tiebreaker, Cotrone won the first set, however as soon as the set was over, Duke clinched the match and the number one court had to stop.
Duke won the matches on courts three, five and six. Sophomore Cristian Gonzalez Mendez lost to Hemmeler 6-2, 6-3 while freshman Michael Rinaldi dropped to Jason Tahir 6-1, 7-5. As sophomore Benjamin Lock and Reed, a senior, battled back in their second sets to begin to force third sets, the match was decided on court three when Kelly-Houston lost to No. 52 Michael Redlicki 6-4, 6-3.
“Duke came out really strong in the first sets,” finished Hultquist. “We played well but were able to only come out with one first set. I was pleased with the effort of Dominic against Cunha who I consider one of the best players in the country. I was proud of Anderson and Benjamin to fight back so well in the second sets.”
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No. 9 Duke 4, No. 34 Florida State 0
1. #2 Cunha/Hemmeler (Duke) def. #17 Dominic Cotrone/Blake Davis (FS) 8-4
2. #61 Andres Bucaro/Benjamin Lock (FS) vs. #24 Redlicki/Tahir (Duke) 4-6, unf.
3. #64 Saba/Mengel (Duke) def. Jordan Kelly-Houston/Anderson Reed (FS) 8-4
Order of Finish: 1, 3
1. #109 Dominic Cotrone (FS) vs. #6 Henrique Cunha (Duke) 7-6 (11), unf.
2. Benjamin Lock (FS) vs. #37 Fred Saba (Duke) 1-6, 6-4, 1-1, unf.
3. #52 Michael Redlicki (Duke) def. Jordan Kelly-Houston (FS) 6-4, 6-3
4. Anderson Reed (FS) vs. #112 Chris Mengel (Duke) 2-6, 5-2, unf.
5. #70 Raphael Hemmeler (Duke) def. Cristian Gonzalez Mendez (FS) 6-2, 6-3
6. Jason Tahir (Duke) def. Michael Rinaldi (FS) 6-1, 7-5
Order of finish: 5, 6, 3*