Feb. 7, 2014
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –With the Seminole Sound playing and fans cheering all the way from the doorways, Florida State men’s tennis was unable to capitalize on the energy as all four of Oklahoma’s ranked players clinched the win for the Sooners. Losing 4-0, the No. 37 Seminoles dropped to 9-2 as No. 7 Oklahoma rose to 5-0 at the Indoor Tennis Facility.
“We had an absolute energetic crown to start us off right but Oklahoma was able to get off with a quick 2-0 lead which was the key to the match,” said head coach Dwayne Hultquist. “I was pleased with the performance from both Michael and Grayson on courts five and six. I liked the competitive spirit from both Dominic and Blake to get a chance to try and come back in the end of the match. If we would have converted on some of our big points we would have been in position to push the match further.”
With the match being played on ESPN3 for the USTA’s College GameDay, singles was played first with doubles only in case of a tie. Oklahoma jumped out to a quick lead as they won five first sets from the Seminoles.
Junior Cristian Gonzalez Mendez fell first for the Seminoles as his ten match win streak was stopped. No. 27 Andrew Harris won 6-3, 6-2 on court two. Sophomore Marco Nunez lost next as No. 40 Dane Webb won on court four 6-3, 6-1.
With the matches getting closer, senior Blake Davis tried to fight back in the first set but was unable to as No. 6 Axel Alvarez went on to win 7-5, 6-2 on court two.
Junior Dominic Cotrone squared off against No. 5 Guillermo Alcorta on court one and showed his gritty personality by fighting in long points and attempting a late break in the second set to force a tiebreaker, but was halted as Alcorta won 6-3, 6-4.
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No. 7 Oklahoma 4 def. No. 37 Florida State 0
1. No. 5 Guillermo Alcorta (OU) def. Dominic Cotrone (FSU) 6-3, 6-4
2. No 6. Axel Alvarez (OU) def. Blake Davis (FSU) 7-5, 6-2
3. No. 37 Andrew Harris (OU) def. Cristian Gonzalez Mendez (FSU) 6-3, 6-2
4. No. 40 Dane Webb (OU) def. Marco Nunez (FSU) 6-3, 6-1
5. Austin Siegel (OU) def. Michael Rinaldi (FSU) dnf
6. Nick Papac (OU) def. Grayson Goldin (FSU) dnf
Order of finish: 3, 4, 2, 1*