March 10, 2012
HOUSTON – The No. 32 Florida State men’s tennis team (11-3, 3-0) dropped a tight 4-2 match against No. 11 Texas (12-4) at The Downtown Club at The Met in Houston. Inclement weather moved that match three hours away to indoor courts. This marked the fifth straight match between the two teams.
“I thought it was a well fought match,” said head coach Dwayne Hultquist. “Both teams played competitively. It was a tough adjustment moving to Houston to play indoors but I thought we did a good job of playing tonight.”
The Seminoles started the match with doubles with their third different doubles line-up in as many matches. Second in the line-up was junior Jordan Kelly-Houston and sophomore Blake Davis who defeated Ben Chen and Daniel Whitehead 8-6. The pair is now 7-4 on the year in doubles.
“I was proud Jordan and Blake came back after being down 3-0,” continued Hultquist. “It was excellent for them to come back and get that point. We came out strong in singles and won four first sets but they came back and got us.”
On court three was junior Andres Bucaro and freshman Benjamin Lock who tallied an 8-6 win against Soren Hess-Olesen and Alex Hilliard. The duo improved to 12-1 on the year with today’s win. Junior Anderson Reed and freshman Dominic Cotrone played on court one for the second straight match but lost to the No. 35 duo of Chris Camillone and Davis Holiner.
In singles play, the Seminoles won four first sets but were forced to play three sets in three of those matches. Nabbing the lone win in singles was Reed who took down Camillone 6-4, 6-1 on court six. The Daphne, Ala., native is now 8-0 on the year in singles.
Kelly-Houston faced off against No. 50 Hess-Olesen on court one. After winning the first set, he dropped the second to force a third set. Kelly-Houston had a 4-2 lead but Hess-Olesen came back to force a tiebreaker in which gave the Longhorn the 2-6, 6-3, 7-6 (5) victory.
Davis, an Austin, Texas native, faced off against No. 79 Whitehead on court two. Like Kelly-Houston, Davis won the first set but then lost the second. Whitehead took the 4-6, 6-1, 6-1 win to clinch the match.
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No. 11 Texas 4 def. No. 32 Florida State 2
1) No. 50 Soren Hess-Olesen (UT) def. Jordan Kelly-Houston (FSU) 2-6, 6-3, 7-6 (5)
2) No. 79 Daniel Whitehead (UT) def. Blake Davis (FSU) 4-6, 6-1, 6-4
3) Sudanwa Sitaram (UT) def. Cristian Gonzalez Mendez (FSU) 6-4, 6-3
4) Andres Bucaro (FSU) v. Ben Chen (UT) 6-4, 3-6, 5-5 (40-15) susp.
5) Davis Holiner (UT) def. Jason Zafiros (FSU) 6-1, 6-2
6) Anderson Reed (FSU) def. Chris Camillone (UT) 6-4, 6-1
Order of finish: 5, 6, 3, 1, 2*
1) No. 35 Camillone/Holiner (UT) def. Reed/Dominic Cotrone (FSU) 8-3
2) Kelly-Houston/Davis (FSU) def. Chen/Whitehead (UT) 8-6
3) Bucaro/Benjamin Lock (FSU) def. Hess-Olesen/Hilliard (UT) 8-6
Order of finish: 1, 2, 3