March 25, 2011
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – After dueling in a five hour and fifteen minute match, the No. 46 Florida State men’s tennis team (6-9, 1-3) lost 4-3 against No. 36 Virginia Tech (11-5, 3-1) to lose its fourth straight match. The `Noles did win their ninth doubles point of the year.
“When Blake won the first set I thought it would change the momentum by winning three of the six first sets,” said head coach Dwayne Hultquist. “I felt like the key to the match to put us in a position to win was we didn’t win any of the second sets of the matches we lost in the first set.”
In doubles play the team came out strong to start the match by sweeping all three matches for the fourth time this season. On court one the No. 15 duo of senior Vahid Mirzadeh (Wellington, Fla.) and sophomore Connor Smith (Tampa, Fla.) won 8-6 to defeat the ranked duo of No. 45 Will Beck and Pedro Graber.
Court three clinched the doubles match with sophomore Jordan Kelly-Houston (Christchurch, New Zealand) and freshman Blake Davis (Austin, Texas) defeating Patrick Daciek and Trpimir Kujundzic in a tiebreaker 9-8 (4).
On court two, sophomores Andres Bucaro (Guatemala City, Guatemala) and Anderson Reed (Daphne, Ala.) won their second consecutive match against a ranked opponent with a 9-8 (10) win over No. 52 Corrado Degl’Incerti Tocci and Luka Somen.
“I think we’ve played pretty good doubles all year,” continued Hultquist. “Doubles has been good for us all year. I think we’re well coached in doubles and I think we play well together and play hard.”
Kelly-Houston won his match 7-5, 6-1 on court four over Tocci to give Florida State a 2-1 advantage. After Virginia Tech tied the match back up, No. 26 Mirzadeh defeated No. 45 Somen 6-4, 6-4 to snap his three match losing streak and get the 3-2 advantage. The `Noles dropped the next singles match to tie the match 3-3.
In familiar territory, the match came down to the last court. Davis won his first set 7-6 (3) while Graber won the next set 6-4. In the third set, Davis was down 3-0 but won three straight games to tie it back at 3-3. The match kept going back and forth until Virginia Tech clinched the match.
“I thought when Blake (Davis) was down 3-0 in the third set he really battled back and played good,” concluded Hultquist. “I thought Graber stepped it up at the end and made a couple of good shots.”
The Seminoles return back to the courts to face No. 1 Virginia at noon on Sunday. Admission is free to all matches.
No. 36 Virginia Tech 4 v. No. 46 Florida State 3
1) No. 15 Smith/Mirzadeh (FSU) def. No. 45 Graber/Beck (VT) 8-6
2) Bucaro/Reed (FSU) def. No. 52 Tocci/Somen (VT) 9-8 (10)
3) Davis/Kelly-Houston (FSU) def. Daciek/Kujundzic (TV) 9-8 (4)
Order of finish: 1, 3*, 2
1) No. 26 Vahid Mirzadeh (FSU) def. No. 45 Luka Somen (VT) 6-4, 6-4
2) Patrick Daciek (VT) def. Connor Smith (FSU) 6-3, 6-2
3) Pedro Graber (VT) def. Blake Davis (FSU) 6-7 (3), 6-4, 7-5
4) Jordan Kelly-Houston (FSU) def. Corrado Degl’Incerti Tocci (VT) 7-5, 6-1
5) Will Beck (VT) def. Andres Bucaro (FSU) 7-6 (2), 6-3
6) Lucas Oliveira (VT) def. Anderson Reed (FSU) 6-2, 7-6 (7)
Order of finish: 2, 4, 5, 1, 6, 3*