Feb. 15, 2012
LONGMEADOW, Mass. – Opening up ACC play, the No. 32 Florida State men’s tennis team (9-2, 1-0) defeated Boston College (3-3,0-2) 6-1Wednesday, February 15. The two teams squared off at the Grande Meadows Athletic Club in Longmeadow, Mass. The Seminoles are now 9-0 all-time against the Eagles.
“It’s good to get off to a 1-0 start in the ACC,” said head coach Dwayne Hultquist. “We look forward to a little break this week and to play some ACC competition the next couple weeks after that. I thought we did a very good job at two and three doubles and got off to quick starts getting up two breaks and controlling the doubles point. I thought that was important since their doubles point is one of their best points.”
Opening up in doubles play, the Seminoles got off to a quick lead on courts two and three and were able to capitalize on that by winning the doubles point. Junior Andres Bucaro and freshman Benjamin Lock got off the courts first with an 8-3 win on court three against Matt Wagner and Philip Nelson. On court two, junior Anderson Reed and freshman Dominic Cotrone clinched the point by defeated Billy Grokenberger and Michael McGinnis 8-4.
In singles play, sophomore Blake Davis came off the courts first for the Noles to make the score 2-0. Davis topped Grokenberger 6-3, 6-4 on court two. Off next was Reed who won 6-1, 7-6 (6) on court four against Jonathan Raude. Reed moves onto 6-0 on the season while Davis is now 8-3.
Clinching the match was Cotrone in only his third singles match of the year. Now 3-0 on the year, he defeated Klaus Puestow 6-3, 6-1 on court six. Bucaro is now 9-0 on the season after topping Alex Skinner 6-1, 3-6, 6-3 on court three in singles. Closing the match out was Jordan Kelly-Houston on court one against Akash Muppidi. The junior lost his first set in a tight tiebreaker but won his second set in another close tiebreaker. The `Nole won 6-7 (5), 7-6 (4), 10-7 to increase his record to 8-3 on the year.
“In singles we controlled four of the first six sets but Boston College played hard in the second sets to tighten things up,” concluded Hultquist. “We were fortunate to finish off three two set matches and win two of the three in third sets.”
The Seminoles are off until February 25 when Georgia Tech will travel to Tallahassee. The match will be played at the Scott Speicher Tennis Center unless weather forces the matches to be played at the Indoor Tennis Facility located next to the Seminole Golf Course. Fans can check the fan weather hotline at (850) 645-GAME. Follow the Seminoles on twitter are @FSU_MTennis.
No. 32 Florida State 6 def. Boston College 1
1) Muppidi/Skinner (BC) def. Davis/Kelly-Houston (FSU) 8-4
2) Reed/Cotrone (FSU) def. Grokenberger/Michael McGinnis (BC) 8-4
3) Bucaro/Lock (FSU) def. Matt Wagner/Nelson (BC) 8-3
Order of finish: 3,2,1
1) Jordan Kelly-Houston (FSU) def. Akash Muppidi (BC) 6-7, 7-6, 10-7
2) Blake Davis (FSU) def. Billy Grokenberger (BC) 6-3, 6-4
3) Andres Bucaro (FSU) def. Alex Skinner (BC) 6-1, 3-6, 6-3
4) Anderson Reed (FSU) def. Jonathan Raude (BC) 6-1, 7-6 (6)
5) Philip Nelson (BC) def. Benjamin Lock (FSU) 6-3, 3-6, 6-3
6) Dominic Cotrone (FSU) def. Klaus Puestow (BC) 6-3, 6-1
Order of finish: 2, 4, 6, 5, 3, 1