April 17, 2011
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Vahid Mirzadeh and Jordan Kelly-Houston both nabbed wins against ranked opponents in the last regular season match of the season. Although the team came out with those two ranked wins, the No. 41 Florida State men’s tennis team (9-13, 4-7) lost to No. 19 North Carolina (14-6, 9-2) 5-2 on Sunday, April 17.
“It was a good quality hard-fought match, the kind we’ve been facing,” said head coach Dwayne Hultquist. “It was 3-2 with two matches to play. Anderson (Reed) was actually up in the third and Andres (Bucaro) was even in the second and had a chance to take it to the third set. North Carolina was playing very good tennis on court five and ended up clinching the match.”
In double play sophomores Andres Bucaro (Guatemala City, Guatemala) and Anderson Reed (Daphne, Ala.) nabbed their 12th win of the spring with a 8-4 win over Cameron Ahari and Brennan Boyajian on court two.
In singles play, UNC came out quick nabbing the first two matches making the score 3-0. Senior Vahid Mirzadeh (Wellington, Fla.), who is ranked No. 23 in the nation, faced No. 25 Jose Hernandez on court one. Mirzadeh won in two sets 6-2, 7-5 to win his 21st singles match of the year.
Sophomore Jordan Kelly-Houston (Christchurch, New Zealand) got his first win over a ranked opponent today when we came off the courts to make the score 3-2. He took down No. 90 Joey Burkhardt 6-4, 7-6(7) on court four. With today’s win he nabbed his fourth consecutive win and increased his ACC record to 7-4.
“Vahid beat a very strong player and Jordan had a very good win,” continued Hultquist. “Given the fact that Blake (Davis) was hurt and out, I felt like our guys competed well. I thought we made a good run, Connor (Smith) was up on both sets and had a chance to win his match. There were five matches we had a chance to win but unfortunately we only got two of those wins. Certainly doubles is a key point and by not getting it, I thought it gave UNC a little more momentum.”
North Carolina won the next two matches to clinch the match and make the score 5-2.
Florida State will play in the ACC Championships beginning on Thursday, April 21. ACC seedings will come out on Monday.
No. 19 North Carolina 5 def. No. 41 Florida State 2
1) No. 59 Burkhardt/Hardy (UNC) def. No. 13 Mirzadeh/Smith (FSU) 8-4
2) Reed/Bucaro (FSU) def. Ahari/Boyajian (UNC) 8-4
3) Hernandez/Hunter (UNC) def. Kelly-Houston/Bowles (FSU) 8-6
Order of finish: 1, 3*, 2
1) No. 23 Vahid Mirzadeh (FSU) def. No. 25 Jose Hernandez (UNC) 6-2, 7-5
2) Brennan Boyajian (UNC) def. No. 108 Clint Bowles (FSU) 6-3, 6-2
3) Stefan Hardy (UNC) def. Connor Smith (FSU) 7-5, 6-4
4) Jordan Kelly-Houston (FSU) def. No. 90 Joey Burkhardt (FSU) 6-4, 7-6(7)
5) William Parker (UNC) def. Anderson Reed (FSU) 6-2, 3-6, 6-4
6) Cameron Ahari (UNC) def. Andres Bucaro (FSU) 7-6 (5), 7-6(5)
Order of finish: 2, 3, 1, 4, 5*, 6