April 13, 2012
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The No. 29 Florida State men’s tennis team (16-7, 7-3) fell to the top team in the ACC, No. 3 Virginia (20-1, 10-0) 4-3. The Seminoles were swept in doubles before taking the court for singles. The team plays No. 51Virginia Tech Sunday at 1 p.m. to close out the regular season.
“I thought we played well,” said head coach Dwayne Hultquist. “I was proud of Benjamin (Lock) for getting a ranked win. He’s certainly getting better as the year has gone on. He lost a tough first set and really came back to dominate the last two sets. I’m really proud of Jason (Zafiros) for beating Drew Courtney who has been a top player for Virginia. It’s a very good win. Dom (Dominic Cotrone) hasn’t played a lot but I was very pleased with his effort and how he stuck with the game plan to come back to win.”
In singles play, Virginia came out strong to win five of the six first sets. The Seminole rebounded and went on to play three, three set matches, which they all won.
Coming off the courts first was sophomore Blake Davis as he fell 6-0, 6-1 to No. 47 Alex Domijan on court two. Next was junior Jordan Kelly-Houston who lost to No. 6 Jarmere Jenkins 6-2, 6-4. Virginia clinched the match next when No. 1 Mitchell Frank topped freshman Cristian Gonzalez Mendez on court three 6-2, 6-2.
After losing his first set, freshman Benjamin Lock lost only two games in his comeback against No. 86 Justin Shane. The freshman defeated his first ranked player of the season with a 4-6, 6-2, 6-0 win on court four.
Playing in his first singles match since March 20th was freshman Dominic Cotrone. After losing his first set, he came back to win the next to defeat Philippe Oudshoorn 2-6, 6-3, 6-3 on court six.
Jason Zafiros came out onto court five looking for redemption as he had lost his last three matches. The senior came out and played some tight tennis as he was forced to play all tiebreakers. He went on to defeat Drew Courtney 7-6 (3), 6-7 (2), 1-0 (10-3) to wrap up the match on court five.
Florida State was swept in doubles by the Cavaliers. Virginia’s No. 18 duo of Courtney and Jenkins took down No. 47 Davis and Kelly-Houston 8-4 on court one. Next, the Seminoles lost on court three as Virginia defeated Lock and Zafiros 8-3 in their first match playing together. The Seminoles were up on court two but Virginia fought back for the sweep as they won 8-6 over Cotrone and junior Anderson Reed.
“I thought the key part was the doubles point,” explained Hultquist. “At one point it was dead even with us tied on one, up on two and down on three, but Virginia pulled away to win at the end. I thought that was an important point going in. I thought all and all it was a well-played match.”
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No. 3 Virginia 4 def. No. 29 Florida State 3
1) No. 18 Courtney/Jenkins (UVA) def. No. 47 Davis/Kelly-Houston (FSU) 8-4
2) Rooda/Shane (UVA) def. Cotrone/Reed (FSU) 8-6
3) Domijan/Frank (UVA) def. Lock/Zafiros (FSU) 8-3
Order of finish: 1, 3, 2
1) No. 6 Jarmere Jenkins (UVA) def. Jordan Kelly-Houston (FSU) 6-2, 6-4
2) No. 47 Alex Domijan (UVA) def. Blake Davis (FSU) 6-0, 6-1
3) No. 1 Mitchell Frank (UVA) def. Cristian Gonzalez Mendez (FSU) 6-2, 6-2
4) Benjamin Lock (FSU) def. No. 86 Justin Shane (UVA) 4-6, 6-2, 6-0
5) Jason Zafiros (FSU) def. Drew Courtney (UVA) 7-6 (3), 6-7 (2), 1-0 (10-3)
6) Dominic Cotrone (FSU) def. Philippe Oudshoorn (UVA) 2-6, 6-3, 6-3
Order of finish: 2, 1, 3, 4, 6, 5
Records: No. 29 Florida State (16-7, 7-3); No. 3 Virginia (20-1, 10-0)