March 15, 2012
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The No. 30 Florida State men’s tennis team fought hard tonight, March 15, against No. 33 UNC-Wilmington to come up victorious. After posting the 6-1 win the Seminoles rose to a 12-3 record while UNC-Wilmington fell to 9-4 on the year. The Seminoles are now 9-0 at home this season.
Entering doubles, the Seahawks had only lost one doubles point while Florida State had lost only two. To start the match, the strong doubles play showed with each court being tied. On court two, UNC-Wilmington’s Michael Reilly and Sam Williams took a 7-5 lead with the match in their hands but Florida State’s Anderson Reed and Dominic Cotrone came back and won four straight games to win the match 9-7.
“I thought we didn’t play well early in doubles but Dom (Cotrone) and Anderson (Reed) made a very nice comeback,” said head coach Dwayne Hultquist. “They got their energy level up and started putting away some balls and making some good returns and then they turned that match around. I thought that was the key to how the match started in singles. I think the doubles point set the tone for the day.”
In singles play, the team stormed the court to win five of the six first sets. Lock, a freshman from Zimbabwe, dropped only one game in his 6-1, 6-0 victory over Zach Hublitz on court six. Following his quick lead was junior Jordan Kelly-Houston who won his first ranked win of the spring. He topped No. 77 Rafael Aita 6-2, 6-3 on court one.
“In singles everyone was just intense and focused in their match,” said Lock. “I think all around everyone played well, even though we lost one match, I think everyone played good. We won the big points, I think that was the difference today.
To clinch the match, sophomore Blake Davis won 6-2, 6-4 over Chris Cooprider on court two. On court five, Reed quickly topped his opponent in the first set but needed to win the second set in a tiebreaker. The junior pulled it out with a 6-2, 7-6 (7) win over Kaue Pereira.
“It was a great experience tonight,” said Davis. “We played a really, really good team, a quality opponent and were able to jump on them early. It got a little tight in the end so it was nice to finish them off. It was really good we played as a team today in doubles in singles. We started off neck and neck with our opponents. The team really rallied between courts two and three and they came up big for us which is all it’s about.”
Bucaro did the same as Reed winning his first set quickly but needed to win a tiebreaker in the second set. The junior also came out on top with a 6-2, 7-6 (5) win over Kosta Blank. The lone loss of the day was Cristian Gonzalez Mendez who lost in a third set tiebreaker. Pedro Mol topped him on court four 7-6 (3), 5-7, 1-0 (10-7).
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No. 30 Florida State 6 v. No. 33 UNC-Wilmington 1
1) No. 70 Blank/Cooprider (UNCW) def. Kelly-Houston/Davis (FSU) 8-5
2) Reed/Cotrone (FSU) def. Reilly/Williams (UNCW) 9-7
3) Bucaro/Lock (FSU) def. Aita/Mol (UNCW) 8-5
Order of finish: 2, 3, 1
1) Jordan Kelly-Houston (FSU) def. No. 77 Rafael Aita (UNCW) 6-2, 6-3
2) Blake Davis (FSU) def. Chris Cooprider (UNCW) 6-2, 6-4
3) Andres Bucaro (FSU) v. Kosta Blank (UNCW) 6-2, 7-6 (5)
4) Pedro Mol (UNCW) def. Cristian Gonzalez Mendez (FSU) 7-6 (3), 5-7, 1-0 (10-7)
5) Anderson Reed (FSU) def. Kaue Pereira (UNCW) 6-2, 7-6 (7)
6) Benjamin Lock (FSU) def. Zach Hublitz (UNCW) 6-1, 6-0
Order of finish: 6, 1, 2, 5, 3, 4