March 20, 2012
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The No. 31 Florida State Seminoles (13-4, 4-0) dropped their first match at home after losing to No. 25 Oklahoma (8-3) 6-1. Florida State has a couple days off before returning to the Scott Speicher Tennis Center on Friday.
“I think you have to give Oklahoma a lot of credit,” said head coach Dwayne Hultquist. “They played a better match then us and set the tone in doubles. They were kind of tougher than us today. I think they are a real good team, by the end of the year they will be a top 10 or 15 team.”
In doubles play, junior Anderson Reed and freshman Dominic Cotrone were up 7-4 to the No. 18 duo of Costin Paval and Dane Webb on court one. Oklahoma fought from behind to win the match 9-8 (3). On courts two and three, the Sooners won each court 8-4. This was only the third time all year the Seminoles dropped the doubles point.
In singles play, the Seminoles fought hard but were only able to come up with one win as junior Andres Bucaro extended his undefeated streak to 14-0 this spring. After dropping his first set and down in the second set, he fought off match point twice to tie at 5-5 and eventually forced a third set tiebreaker. He topped No. 103 Tsvetan Mihov 3-6, 7-6 (5), 1-0 (10-2) on court three.
“I was proud of Andres of how he came out from behind,” continued Hultquist. “He’s a guy that just doesn’t give up. He was really out of the match and came back and won, I thought that was great. I thought we competed well. I thought Blake did a great job of competing against one of the better players in the country. We had some opportunities but we didn’t take opportunity of them.”
Oklahoma’s No. 15 Costin Paval topped sophomore Blake Davis 7-6 (5), 7-5 on court one while Guillermo Alcorta beat junior Jordan Kelly-Houston on court two 7-6 (5), 6-4. No. 67 Peerakit Siributwong topped Cristian Gonzalez Mendez 6-3, 6-2 on court four. No. 78 Dane Webb beat Jason Zafiros 3-6, 6-4, 6-3 while Davis Pultur won 6-3, 1-6, 6-3 over Dominic Cotrone.
The Seminoles play at home this weekend. They face Wake Forest on Friday, March 23 at 4 p.m. and then take on NC State on Sunday, March 25 at noon. For the latest information, check back to Seminoles.com. Follow the team on twitter at twitter.com/fsu_mtennis.
No. 25 Oklahoma 6 def. No. 31 Florida State 1
1) No. 18 Paval/Webb (OU) def. Cotrone/Reed (FSU) 9-8 (3)
2) Mihov/Siributwong (OU) def. Davis/Kelly-Houston (FSU) 8-4
3) Formentera/Pultur (OU) def. Bucaro/Lock (FSU) 8-4
Order of finish: 2, 3, 1
1) No. 15 Costin Paval (OU) def. Blake Davis (FSU) 7-6 (5), 7-5
2) Guillermo Alcorta (OU) def. Jordan Kelly-Houston (FSU) 7-6 (5), 6-4
3) Andres Bucaro (FSU) def. No. 103 Tsvetan Mihov (OU) 3-6, 7-5, 1-0 (10-2)
4) No. 67 Peerakit Siributwong (OU) def. Cristian Gonzalez Mendez (FSU) 6-3, 6-2
5) No. 78 Dane Webb (OU) def. Jason Zafiros (FSU) 3-6, 6-4, 6-3
6) David Pultur (OU) def. Dominic Cotrone (FSU) 6-3, 1-6, 6-3
Order of finish: 4, 6, 2*, 1, 3, 5