March 28, 2010
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The No. 22 Florida State men’s tennis team (11-5, 4-1) fell to the No. 1 team in the nation, Virginia, today, March 28. With the 5-2 win, the Cavaliers are now 24-1 and 5-0 in the ACC. Although the Seminoles lost, Vahid Mirzadeh upset the No. 3 player in the nation at the Boyd Tinsley Courts at the Boar’s Head Sports Club.
“I thought in general it was a well fought match on our side,” said head coach Dwayne Hultquist. “I thought it was a great effort off the top part of the courts in singles. We had some good things today. I thought it was a well played match but we just came up a little bit short. Vahid had a good win for him to show he should be making the individual NCAA tournament.”
With the biggest upset for the team this season, No. 48 Mirzadeh, a senior from Wellington, Fla., defeated the No. 3 player in the nation Sanam Singh. With the 6-3, 7-5 win on court two, Mirzadeh posted his biggest college win in singles and is now 16-2 this spring.
“I tried to go out there with my game plan,” Mirzadeh explained. “I tried to stick with that and I think it was working for me throughout the match. I was fortunate to come through the match and it was a hard fought match for me.”
In singles, the junior Clint Bowles (Tampa, Fla.) upset No. 53 Drew Courtney in a close three set match on court three. With the 6-4, 6-7 (5), 6-1 victory, No. 71 Bowles finished the weekend a perfect 4-0 between singles and doubles and posted his 10th singles win this spring.
“Clint’s been turning it on right now,” continued Hultquist. “He’s playing better and I think his volleys have improved. He’s really just going for it right now so I’m pleased with where he is and how’s he’s been playing recently.”
The No. 60 duo of Jean-Yves Aubone (Miami, Fla.) and Bowles posted their ninth win of the season with a 8-5 win over No. 19 Sanam Singh and Houston Barrick on court two.
“I thought we had a chance in doubles,” said Hultquist. “It was a good win on two. I thought Clint and Jean-Yves played one of their better matches.”
Florida State returns home to the Scott Speicher Tennis Center to face No. 46 N.C. State on Friday at 5:00 p.m. and No. 26 Wake Forest at noon on Sunday.
No. 1 Virginia 5 def. No. 22 Florida State 2
1) No. 17 Courtney/Shabaz (UVA) def. No. 70 Mirzadeh/Smith (FSU) 8-2
2) No. 60 Aubone/Bowles (FSU) def. No. 19 Singh/Barrick (UVA) 8-5
3) No. 41 Jenkins/Singer (UVA) def. Bucaro/Anderson Reed (FSU) 8-6
Order of finish: 1, 3, 2
1) No. 4 Michael Shabaz (UVA) def. No. 22 Jean-Yves Aubone (FSU) 6-2, 5-7, 6-1
2) No. 48 Vahid Mirzadeh (FSU) def. No. 3 Sanam Singh (UVA) 6-3, 7-5
3) No. 71 Clint Bowles (FSU) def. No. 53 Drew Courtney (UVA) 6-4, 6-7 (5), 6-1
4) No. 33 Jarmere Jenkins (UVA) def. Andres Bucaro (FSU) 7-6 (3), 6-2
5) No. 87 Houston Barrick (UVA) def. Anderson Reed (FSU) 6-2, 6-2
6) No. 68 Lee Singer (UVA) def. Jordan Kelly-Houston (FSU) 6-2, 6-4
Order of finish: 5, 6, 2, 1, 4, 3