TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The 2014-15 tennis season began at two separate tournaments on Friday, with the Noles compiling a combined 11-3 record between the Southern Intercollegiate in Athens, Ga. and the Bedford Cup in Jacksonville.
“We started the season off on the right foot, going 6-1 at the Southern Intercollegiate and 5-2 at the Bedford Cup,” said head coach Dwayne Hultquist. “Going 11-3 on the first day, after playing against ourselves in practice throughout the summer, is huge. Today will build our confidence moving forward.”
At the Southern Intercollegiate event, hosted by the University of Georgia, play is broken up into three draws for singles and two draws for doubles competition. In Division I, No. 13 seed Cristian Gonzalez Mendez defeated Arkansas’s Santiago Munoz 4-6, 6-2, 6-3. He moves on to face Luis Valero of Tennessee Saturday morning at 9:30 a.m. Also in Division I, FSU’s Marco Nunez beat Rodrigo Encinas of College of Charleston, 6-4, 4-6, 6-4. His second round match against No. 9-seed Rhys Johnson of Vanderbilt begins Saturday at 10:30 a.m.
“I was really happy that Cristian and Marco showed the resiliency to comeback from deficits to win their single matches,” said Hultquist. “Marco went down 4-2 in the third set and fought back to win 6-4, while Cristian lost the first set and had to fight hard to take the next two sets and the match.”
In Division II singles, Jose Gracia took down Ismael Merino of East Tennessee State, 6-4, 6-2. He next faces No. 5 seed Hampton Drake of Clemson Saturday at 11 a.m.
The only Seminole loss of the day in Athens was redshirt freshman Parker Evertsen falling to Garrett Gordon of College of Charleston, 6-2, 6-1. Evertsen will now play out of the Division III Consolation bracket against Tate Allwardt of Vanderbilt Saturday at 1:30 p.m.
In doubles play, both Seminole teams advanced to the quarterfinals of their respective brackets. In Division I doubles, partners Gonzalez Mendez and Nunez used a first round bye and a second round defeat of Brice Allanic and Zack Lewis of College of Charleston, 8-2, to move on to the quarters. They open play tomorrow at 8 a.m. against the No. 2 seed Paul Oosterbaan and Ben Wagland of Georgia.
Evertsen teamed with Gracia to overcome his singles defeat and win two doubles matches, against Florida Atlantic and Georgia Tech. Against the Owls team of Robert Dubuque and Ignacio Jimenez, the duo won their first round match 8-4, while taking the second round match against Elijah Melendez and Daniel Yun of Georgia Tech, 8-2.
They next face Santiago Munoz and Branch Terrell of Arkansas Saturday at 8 a.m.
At the Bedford Cup, hosted by the University of North Florida in Jacksonville, Florida State went 2-2 in singles competition. In the Gray Flight, João Gauer defeated Walid Gtari of Bethune-Cookman, 6-3, 6-3. The redshirt junior from Parana, Brazil will next play Jose Sangroniz of UCF on Saturday at 9 a.m. Also in the Gray Flight, sophomore Jake Albo fell to North Florida’s Lasse Muscheites in three sets, 6-4, 4-6, 7-5. Albo will face Andres Alfonzo of Florida Gulf Coast in the Gray Flight consolation bracket Saturday morning at 10:30 a.m.
In the first round of Navy Flight action, sophomore Grayson Goldin battled back from a one-set deficit to beat Bernard Tefel of Miami, 2-6, 6-4, 6-0. Goldin will battle Caio Gomes of UNF in the second round Saturday at 10:30 a.m.
In the White Flight, sophomore Jack Haffey fell to Reece Acree of UCF, 6-2, 6-3. He will now face Harrison Heysek of FAU in the White Flight consolation bracket Saturday at 9 a.m.
In doubles competition, both pair of ‘Noles advanced to the quarterfinals. The No. 5 seed of
Goldin and Albo received a bye in the first round before beating the UNF team of Alberto De Meo and Zach Goldberg in straight sets, 6-3, 6-4. The pairing of Haffey and Gauer won two matches to advance to Saturday’s quarterfinals, including a three-set thriller in the second round against the Florida Gators team of Joshua Wardell and Chase Perez-Blanco, 3-6, 6-4, 10-8.
Saturday’s doubles quarterfinal action begins at 1:30 p.m., with Goldin and Albo facing Bao/Alfonso from Florida Gulf Coast, while Haffey and Gauer take on the Stetson team of Loic Blanco and Simon Julin.
“We had a strong doubles presence at the Bedford Cup today,” said Hultquist. “It was great to see Jack and João take the third-set tiebreaker against the Gators to advance to the quarterfinals of doubles.”
For continuing coverage of both tournaments, stay tuned to seminoles.com for daily recaps and follow the team on Twitter @FSU_MTennis for results as matches are completed.
Division I Singles First Round:
Marco Nunez (FSU) def. Rodrigo Encinas (CoC), 6-4, 4-6, 6-4
No. 13 Cristian Gonzalez Mendez (FSU) def. Santiago Munoz (Ark), 4-6, 6-2, 6-3
Division II Singles First Round:
Jose Gracia (FSU) def. Ismael Merino (ETSU), 6-4, 6-2
Division III Singles First Round:
Garrett Gordon (CoC) def. Parker Evertsen (FSU), 6-2, 6-1
Division I Doubles:
SECOND ROUND: Gonzalez Mendez/Nunez (FSU) def. Brice Allanic/Zack Lewis (CoC), 8-2
Division II Doubles:
Doubles First Round:
Doubles Second Round:
Gray Flight First Round:
João Gauer (FSU) def. Walid Gtari (B-CU), 6-3, 6-3
Lasse Muscheites (UNF) def. Jake Albo (FSU), 6-4, 4-6, 7-5
Navy Flight First Round:
Grayson Goldin (FSU) def. Bernard Tefel (Mia), 2-6, 6-4, 6-0
White Flight First Round:
Reece Acree (UCF) def. Jack Haffey (FSU), 6-2, 6-3