Oct. 23, 2009
ATHENS, Ga. – The Florida State men’s tennis team concluded Friday, October 23, at the 2009 Wilson/ITA Southeast Regional Championships with two doubles teams advancing to the quarterfinals of play. The Garnet and Gold won five of seven doubles matches at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex. FSU also advanced two single players to the round of 32.
The Seminoles excelled in doubles play today highlighted by senior Vahid Mirzadeh (Wellington, Fla.) and freshman Connor Smith (Tampa, Fla.) defeating Miami’s Waylon Chin/Barnabas Carrega 8-6 in the Round of 32 and then advancing to the Round of 16 against Florida Gulf Coast’s Thibaud Aime/Matt Rock. The duo went on to win 8-3. Tomorrow, Mirzadeh and Smith will compete against Georgia Tech’s Dean O’Brien and Kevin King.
Also advancing to the quarterfinals was the freshman duo of Aaron May (Niceville, Fla.) and Anderson Reed (Daphne, Ala.). The duo won 8-4 against South Florida’s Peter Frank and Mark Olijaca to advance to the round of 16. They faced Miami’s Carl Sundberg and Hector Nieto to win 8-4.
“I thought the doubles was kind of the highlight of the day,” head coach Dwayne Hultquist stated. “I thought Anderson and Aaron showed a lot. I think that was a very strong win. I was pleased with how Connor and Vahid played. I think they made a nice little run.”
In singles play today, senior No. Mirzadeh defeated the No. 69 player in the nation, Marc Abdelnour of Florida Atlantic, in his best match of the year. He went on the court and came back with a decisive 6-3, 6-1 victory to advance to tomorrow’s round of 32 against Florida’s Dan Cash.
“Vahid beat a highly ranked guy in singles,” continued Hultquist. “I think that was a great win and maybe his best match he’s played this fall. When I saw his match, I thought he was really working points well and choosing his opportunities to come in and finish around the net. He has real good hands and I thought he picked his spots very nicely. I thought he really competed strong and showed a lot of leadership as the captain of the team.”
No. 33 Bowles, (Tampa, Fla.), defeated his opponent, Erik Corace of Florida, 4-6, 6-1, 7-6(5). Bowles will face Miami’s Christian Blocker tomorrow in the round of 32.
The schedule tomorrow has doubles quarterfinals at 9 a.m., singles round of 32 at 11 a.m., singles consolation round of 32 and singles round of 16. The tournament continues through Monday, October 22. The singles and doubles winners automatically qualify for the ITA National Indoor Championships at Yale University Nov. 5-8.
Thursday, October 22
Miguel Muguruza (GT) def. Owen Long (FSU) 6-2, 6-2
Friday, October 23
Main Draw Singles
Round of 64
No. 33 Clint Bowles (FSU) def. Erik Corace (UF) 4-6, 6-1, 7-6 (5)
No. 115 Vahid Mirzadeh (FSU) def. Marc Abdelnour (FAU) 6-3, 6-1
No. 5 Guillermo Gomez (GT) def. Keith Embree (FSU) 6-3, 6-1
No. 23 Alex Lacroix (UF) def. Connor Smith (FSU) 6-3, 1-6, 6-1
No. 38 Javier Garrapiz (UGA) def. Andres Bucaro (FSU) 7-5, 1-6, 2-0, Ret. Inj.
Cesara Gallo (STET) def. Owen Long (FSU) 6-1, 6-1
Juan Spir (GT) def. Anderson Reed (FSU) 6-3, 7-6 (4)
Daniel vardag (FAU) def. Aaron May (FSU) 6-4, 6-4
Round of 32
Connor Smith/Vahid Mirzadeh (FSU) def. Waylon Chin/Barnabas Carrega (UM) 8-6
Aaron May/Anderson Reed (FSU) def. Peter Frank/Mark Olijaca (USF) 8-4
Clint Bowles/Andres Bucaro (FSU) def. Evandro Rosindo/David Barton (MER) 8-3
Maksim Levanovich/Cesara Gallo (STET) def. Owen Long/Keith Embree (FSU) 8-2
Round of 16
Connor Smith/Vahid Mirzadeh (FSU) def. Thibaud Aime/Matt Rock (FGCU) 8-3
Aaron May/Anderson Reed (FSU) def. Carl Sundberg/Hector Nieto (UM) 8-4
Christian Vitulli/Borja Malo (UGA) def. Clint Bowles/Andres Bucaro (FSU) 9-8 (9)