May 13, 2011
The No. 47 Florida State men’s tennis team ended their season on Friday, May 13 after an epic four hour 4-0 loss against No. 21 Mississippi State in the first round of the NCAA tournament. The match was played at the campus of Georgia Tech.
“I thought it was a very competitive match,” said head coach Dwayne Hultquist. “Any match that goes four hours is competitive. Certainly we had opportunities to get several points. We had a very good chance to win the doubles point with being up breaks at courts one and three. I felt it would have been important to win the doubles. It would have put us at a very good chance to win the match. We were up 4-1 on three doubles and really kind of rolling but they came back strong.”
In doubles play, sophomore Jordan Kelly-Houston (Christchurch, New Zealand) and freshman Blake Davis (Austin, Texas) fell 8-3 to George Coupland and Artem Ilyushin on court two. On court three sophomores Andres Bucaro (Guatemala City, Guatemala) and Anderson Reed (Daphne, Ala.) fell to James Chaudry and Zach White 8-5. The match on court one was suspended when the point was clinched by the Bulldogs but the Seminoles were leading 7-6.
In singles play Reed lost his match 6-4, 6-0 to No. 86 Louis Cant on court five after suffering full body cramps. Sophomore Connor Smith (Tampa, Fla.) lost to No. 92 Malte Stropp on court three 6-3, 6-4.
Bucaro was playing on court six against Zach White and won his first set. White came back to win the second set and force a third set. White won the set to win 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 and clinch the match for Mississippi State.
While the score of the match was 4-0, it does not reflect the number of forced third sets and tiebreakers by the `Noles.
“Jordan had double match point when the match stopped for him to win,” continued Hultquist. “Vahid was in position to win after winning the first set, a couple points away. With what was left on the court, it would have been 4-3 maybe. I was pleased with how Andres played. I thought he played a good match and put himself in position to win. I was pleased how Blake fought back down match point to win the set and put it in a third set. It was a good effort from a bunch of our guys and we came up a little bit short.”
After losing his first set, Kelly-Houston won his second set to force a third set against No. 60 Coupland. He forced a tiebreaker in the third set and was up 6-4 when the match was clinched. After Davis lost his first set to James Chaudry, he overcame multiple match point attempts by the Bulldog and won the second set 7-5 before the match as stopped.
Senior Vahid Mirzadeh (Wellington, Fla.) was facing No. 61 Ilyushin in the third set when the match was called. His score was 6-4, 6-7 (1), 1-1.
Mirzadeh and Smith will compete in the NCAA Individual Tournament beginning May 25.
No. 21 Mississippi State 4 d. No. 47 Florida State 0
1) No. 13 Mirzadeh/Smith (FSU) vs. No. 37 Louis Cant/Malte Stropp (MSU) DNF 7-6
2) Coupland/Ilyushin (MSU) def. Kelly-Houston/Davis (FSU) 8-3
3) Chaudry/White (MSU) vs. Reed/Bucaro (FSU) 8-5
Order of finish: 2, 3
1) No. 26 Vahid Mirzadeh (FSU) v. No. 61 Artem Ilyushin (MSU) DNF 6-4, 6-7, 1-1
2) Jordan Kelly-Houston (FSU) v. No. 60 George Coupland (MSU) DNF 4-6, 6-3, 6-6 (6-4)
3) No. 92 Malte Stropp (MSU) def. Connor Smith (FSU) 6-3, 6-4
4) Blake Davis (FSU) v. James Chaudry (MSU) DNF 4-6, 7-5
5) No. 86 Louis Cant (MSU) def. Anderson Reed (FSU) 6-4, 6-0
6) Zach White (MSU) def. Andres Bucaro (FSU) 4-6, 6-4, 6-4
Order of finish: 5, 3, 6*