April 15, 2011
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The No. 41 Florida State men’s tennis team (9-12, 4-6) dropped a tight 4-3 match to No. 10 Duke (17-8, 8-2) Friday, April 15. The `Noles nabbed points from courts four-six in singles today while FSU’s No. 13 doubles team upset Duke’s No. 7 team.
“Overall we played a pretty good match and thought it was a very good tennis,” said head coach Dwayne Hultquist. “We were just a match short. I thought playing against a top ten team on the road the competitive nature of it was very good.”
Last season, the doubles team of then ranked No. 57 Vahid Mirzadeh (Wellington, Fla.) and Connor Smith (Tampa, Fla.) came close to upsetting the then No. 1 doubles tandem of Reid Carleton and Henrique Cunha but lost 9-8 (11). This season, Mirzadeh and Smith have moved up the rankings and turned up their play as they upset the duo this year 9-8 (5). The No. 13 duo nabbed their 19th match of the year against the No. 7 team.
“Vahid and Connor were down two match points and came back to win it against a top ten ranked ten who was ranked last year No. 1 in the country the whole year,” said Hultquist. “I thought it was great tennis and they did a good job today in stepping forward and winning.”
Smith grabbed the first point for Florida State today as he defeated Fred Saba 6-3, 6-3 on court four. With today’s win, he has won his past three matches in a row to give him the second most wins in singles play for the team.
Sophomore Jordan Kelly-Houston (Christchurch, New Zealand) won FSU’s second point against Torsten Wietoska on court five. Kelly-Houston lost his first set but bounced back to win the second and third to take the match 4-6, 6-2, 6-3.This was Kelly-Houston’s third won match in a row.
Coming off the courts last, sophomore Anderson Reed (Daphne, Ala.) nabbed the final point for the `Noles on court six. Reed won his first set against Luka Marchese but lost his second to force a third set. Reed came through for the team and won 6-2, 1-6, 6-4. With today’s win, he has now won four out of his five last matches.
“I was pleased with how well Connor, Jordan and Anderson played for them to get wins,” finished Hultquist. “I thought it was a good effort on their part but unfortunately we were one match short. They have been playing very good the last couple of weeks.”
Florida State will travel to face No. 19 North Carolina on Sunday.
No. 10 Duke 4 def. No. 41 Florida State 3
1) No. 13 Mirzadeh/Smith (FSU) def. No. 7 Carleton/Cunha (DUKE) 9-8 (5)
2) Holland/Mengel (DUKE) def. Reed/Bucaro (FSU) 8-4
3) Pinsky/saba (DUKE) def. Kelly-Houston/Davis (FSU) 8-3
Order of finish: 3, 2*, 1
1) No. 6 Henrique Cunha (DUKE) def. No. 23 Vahid Mirzadeh (FSU) 6-4, 6-2
2) No. 9 Reid Carleton (DUKE) def. No. 108 Clint Bowles (FSU) 6-4, 6-3
3) Chris Mengel (DUKE) def. Blake Davis (FSU) 6-1, 6-0
4) Connor Smith (FSU) def. Fred Saba (DUKE) 6-3, 6-3
5) Jordan Kelly-Houston (FSU) def. Torsten Wietoska (DUKE) 4-6, 6-2, 6-3
6) Anderson Reed (FSU) def. Luka Marchese (DUKE) 6-2, 1-6, 6-4
Order of finish: 3, 4, 2, 1*, 5, 6