May 13, 2012
ATHENS, Ga. – The Florida State men’s tennis team’s season came to an end on Sunday at Lindsey Hopkins Indoor Courts, as the Seminoles dropped a hard-fought match to national No. 2-seed Georgia, 4-1, in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
Florida State caps the season with a record of 19-10.
“We were a very young team this year, but we showed a lot of improvement,” Florida State head coach Dwayne Hultquist said. “We played three freshmen every day and they certainly improved. Our older players also showed improvement from previous seasons, increasing their win-loss percentages. This was a very deep team that had eight guys contribute day-in and day-out.
“We played great down the stretch of the season and I think we can build on that for next year. We showed a lot of heart on Saturday by coming back to win that first round match against Boise State.”
The Seminoles began Sunday’s match strong by taking the doubles point from the Bulldogs. Dominic Cotrone and Anderson Reed combined to defeat Georgia’s Wil Spencer and KU Singh, 8-3, on court three, while Jordan Kelly-Houston and Blake Davis downed the Dawgs’ top tandem of Hernus Pieters and Sadio Doumbia, 8-4, on court one.
It was just the sixth time Georgia had dropped the initial point all season.
“We played exceptional doubles today,” Hultquist said. “I’m very proud of the way we competed at the start of the match. That’s the best doubles we played all year, and probably the best matches by Blake and Jordan and Dominic and Anderson all season.”
Florida State couldn’t match its doubles success during singles play, however.
Playing on Georgia’s four-court indoor facility, FSU’s No. 1 through No. 4 players competed first, with Nos. 5 and 6 stepping in after the conclusion of those first matches.
Davis was downed in straight sets by Singh, the nation’s No. 19-ranked player, 6-1, 6-2, on court two.
Lock, the hero of Saturday’s comeback win over Boise State, couldn’t channel the same magic that enabled him to clinch the Seminoles’ first round win. He dropped a two-set match to No. 52 Ignacio Taboada, 6-4, 6-4.
The only three-set match of the day came between FSU’s Kelly-Houston and Georgia’s Spencer, ranked No. 11. Kelly-Houston took the first set, 6-4, but dropped the final two sets, 6-4, 6-0.
Playing at No. 5, Cristian Gonzalez Mendez’s match to Nathan Pasha was stopped with Pasha leading 5-4 in the first set. Jason Zafiros’ match with Pieters on court six ended with Pieters leading 1-0 in the second set after capturing the first set, 6-1.
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#3 Georgia 4, #33 Florida State 1
1. #11 Wil Spencer (UGA) def. Jordan Kelly-Houston (FSU) 4-6, 6-4, 6-0
2. #19 KU Singh (UGA) def. Blake Davis (FSU) 6-1, 6-2
3. #32 Sadio Doumbia (UGA) def. Andres Bucaro (FSU) 6-0, 6-4
4. #52 Ignacio Taboada (UGA) def. Benjamin Lock (FSU) 6-4, 6-4
5. Nathan Pasha (UGA) vs. Cristian Gonzalez (FSU) 5-4, unfinished
6. #60 Hernus Pieters (UGA) vs. Jason Zafiros (FSU) 6-1, 1-0, unfinished
1. #54 Jordan Kelly-Houston/Blake Davis (FSU) def. Hernus Pieters/Sadio Doumbia (UGA) 8-4
2. #41 Nathan Pasha/Ignacio Taboada (UGA) def. Andres Bucaro/Benjamin Lock (FSU) 8-4
3. Dominic Cotrone/Anderson Reed (FSU) def. Wil Spencer/KU Singh (UGA) 8-3
Florida State 19-10; National ranking #33
Georgia 25-2; National ranking #3
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (2,4,3,1)
Match played indoors due to rain.
Official: Jim Russell T-3:28 A-186