Feb. 25, 2012
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The No. 31 Florida State men’s tennis team (10-2, 2-0) grabbed a hefty 6-1 victory against No.32 Georgia Tech (5-6, 0-1) today, Saturday February 25, at the Scott Speicher Tennis Center. The Seminoles remained unbeaten at home (8-0) while Blake Davis won his first ranked win of the year and Andres Bucaro entered the record books with his 20th win of the season.
“Georgia Tech is a really good team,” Head Coach Dwayne Hultquist said. “Their coach, Kenny Throne, does a really good job. They returned four starters off that team, so it’s a great win for us. It very easily could have been tighter, but we won those two close matches at the end. We won 6-1, but realistically, it was tighter than that but I was proud of the overall team effort today.”
Despite losing the doubles match on court one, the Seminole took two out of the three matches in order to secure the point. Playing at number one, the team of junior Jordan Kelly-Houston and sophomore Blake Davis fell to the No.2 team of Kevin King and Juan Spir, 8-4.
Junior Anderson Reed and freshman Dominic Cotrone would even the match by taking their dual on court two against Eduardo Segura and Sebastian Lopez, 8-5. Shifting the attention to the third court junior Andres Bucaro and freshman Benjamin Lock held on as they went on to defeat Juan Melian and Vikram Hundal 8-6.
In singles, Georgia Tech would tie the match at one with FSU’s Kelly-Houston falling to No. 7 King, 6-1,6-2 on court one. Davis would break that tie putting the Seminoles ahead 2-1 with a victory on court two, defeating No. 88 Spir, 6-1, 6-3 to earn his first ranked win of the year.
“I thought that key match today was Blake’s,” Hultquist said. “He beat Spir, who’s played high for them for several years and he’s a very good, nationally ranked player. Blake was really aggressive and he controlled his rallies.”
From that moment, the momentum swung as the Seminoles added two quick points from courts five and six as Lock rolled on to defeat Lopez 6-3, 6-1 on six. Senior Jason Zafiros worked on court five to beat Segura 6-1, 7-5 in order to give the Noles their fourth point, thus sealing the match.
Bucaro battled out his match on court four, taking it in three sets against Miljevic, 7-5, 0-6, 6-3. Bucaro won his 20th match of the year and holds a 10-0 record this spring along with a 10-4 record from the fall.
“I’m happy I can help the team with my win thus far,” said Bucaro. “My teammates really push me in practice and the hard work that we all have put in as a whole makes it easier for me to compete on gameday.
The last match to finish up would be on court three between freshman Cristian Gonzalez Mendez and Melian, which was a tight three-set tiebreak deciding thriller among two Spanish natives. After dropping the second set, Mendez captured the first eight points of the tiebreak as he went on to outlast Melian 6-4, 5-7, 10-2.
“Cristian had the marathon match,” Hultquist said. “He’s playing a Spanish guy, I’m sure they know each other so that was a little unusual, but it was a very well played match.”
The Seminoles will be on the road for their next two matches as they are set to play Miami at 2 p.m. in Coral Gables, Fla. and Texas on March 10 in Austin at 1 p.m. Check back on Seminoles.com for results. Follow the team on twitter at @FSU_MTennis.
No. 31 Florida State 6 def. No. 32 Georgia Tech 1
1) No. 2 King/Spir (GT) def. Davis/Kelly-Houston (FSU) 8-4
2) Anderson Reed/Dominic Cotrone (FSU) def. Segura/Lopez (GT) 8-5
3) Bucaro/Lock (FSU) def. Melian/Vikram Hundal (GT) 8-6
Order of finish: 1, 2, 3
1) No. 7 Kevin King (GT) def. Jordan Kelly-Houston (FSU) 6-1, 6-2
2) Blake Davis (FSU) def. No. 88 Juan Spir (GT) 6-1, 6-3
3) Cristian Gonzalez Mendez (FSU) def. Juan Melian (GT) 6-4, 5-7, 10-2
4) Andres Bucaro (FSU) def. Dusan Miljevic (GT) 7-5, 0-6, 6-3
5) Jason Zafiros (FSU) def. Eduardo Segura (GT) 6-1, 7-5
6) Benjamin Lock (FSU) def. Sebastian Lopez (GT) 6-3, 6-1
Order of finish: 1, 2, 6, 5*, 4, 3