TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida State men’s tennis team finished play at two season opening tournaments today, with three of four doubles teams making the semifinals at the Bedford Cup and Southern Intercollegiate events.
At the Southern Intercollegiate tournament in Athens, Ga., hosted by the University of Georgia, the Seminole team of Cristian Gonzalez Mendez and Marco Nunez won their opening match of the day, defeating Cole Fiegel and Michael Kay of Georgia Tech, 8-6 in the quarterfinals. The win pushed the duo into the semifinals, where they fell to another Georgia Tech team, No. 3 seed Christopher Eubanks and Nathan Rakitt, 7-5, 6-3.
“It was a lighter day at the Southern Intercollegiate Championships, with only three matches on the docket,” said head coach Dwayne Hultquist. “We played well in the doubles quarterfinals, beating a good Georgia Tech team. In the semifinals, Cristian and Marco went up against a hot team that made some plays out on the court. Our doubles effort was strong all weekend, and I’m really proud of the way we played with limited practice this weekend.”
In singles competition, redshirt freshman Parker Evertsen completed his suspended match from Saturday against Vanderbilt’s Tate Allwardt, falling to the Commodore 6-3, 6-4 in Division III consolation play.
At the Bedford Cup in Jacksonville, hosted by the University of North Florida, Florida State filled out half of the four squads in the semifinals of the doubles draw. Unfortunately, both Seminole duos fell in the semis. Jack Haffey and João Gauer lost to the No. 12 team in the country, Sasha Gozun and Roberto Cid of USF. The hard fought battle was decided in straight sets, 7-5, 6-2. In the other semifinal, Grayson Goldin and Jake Albo fell to Jake Findel-Hawkins and Lasse Muscheites of home squad North Florida, 6-3, 6-4.
“We didn’t get the results we wanted today in Jacksonville, but we didn’t have much practice with these specific doubles teams, so I’m pleased we made it as far as we did,” Hultquist said. “Jack and João played great all weekend, so I’m excited moving forward to see how everybody progresses.”
In singles competition, Jack Haffey fought back from an opening-day loss to win the White Flight consolation bracket. He defeated Richard Brej of Florida 6-1, 4-6, 6-4 in the semifinals, and won the bracket after Kevin Gonzales of Stetson forfeited the final.
In the Gray Flight, Gauer lost in the semifinals to Graham Ball of Stetson, 6-4, 6-2. It was his first singles defeat of the weekend. In the Gray consolation, Albo defeated Alvaro Barrero of Bethune-Cookman, 6-3, 6-0.
In the Navy Flight, Goldin took Josh Wardell of Florida to three sets before falling to the Gator, 4-6, 6-3, 6-2.
“Overall, I was really happy with how we played this weekend,” Hultquist said. “We showed that we can compete some of the best teams in the region, and that is always important for confidence this early in the year. Marco got a win against a Top 100-ranked player on Saturday, and we were able to get some ranked wins in doubles as well, so that is encouraging moving forward.”
The Seminoles will next hit the court Sept. 25-28 at the Alabama Invitational in Tuscaloosa, Ala.
Southern Intercollegiate, Day 3
Tate Allwardt (Vandy) def. Parker Evertsen (FSU), 6-3, 6-4 – Division III Consolation; resumed from Saturday (weather)
Bedford Cup, Day 3
Gozun/Cid (USF) def. Jack Haffey/João Gauer, 7-5, 6-2
Jack Haffey def. Brej (UF) 6-1, 4-6, 6-4
Jack Haffey def. Gonzales (Stet), forfeit – Haffey wins bracket
Graham Ball (Stet) def. João Gauer 6-4, 6-2
Gray Rd. 3
Jake Albo def. Alvaro Barrero (B-CU) 6-3, 6-0
Josh Wardell (UF) def. Grayson Goldin 4-6, 6-3, 6-2