Oct. 18, 2012
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The first day of the five-day USTA/ITA Southeast Regional Championships is complete with Florida State’s Michael Rinaldi advancing to the main singles draw. 15 teams from Florida and Georgia are competing at the Scott Speicher Tennis Center here in Tallahassee this weekend.
After receiving a bye in the first round, the freshman Rinaldi posted a strong win over Florida Atlantic’s Robbie Dubuque 6-1, 6-2. In the qualifying finals, Rinaldi topped Lance Lvovsky of Florida Gulf Coast 6-0, 6-3.
“I’m really pleased with the effort Michael has played the last couple of weeks,” said head coach Dwayne Hultquist. “You can really see the improvement in his game. I thought his footwork was really good today. Shots selection was very consistent on both sides of the court. He came out with a really strong attitude and only gave up six games today. I thought it was a real good day for him and I look forward to seeing him play in the main draw.”
Redshirt freshman João Gauer won his second round match with a 4-6, 6-3, 6-0 score over Alex Doherty of Georgia Southern. Gauer played a close qualifying finals match but lost 7-6 (1), 7-5 to Simon Julin of Stetson.
Seven of the Seminoles compete in the first round of the singles main draw Friday morning beginning at 9 a.m.
“Tomorrow’s a big day with a lot of matches being played in the first rounds,” continued Hultquist. “There are a lot of good teams in our region so we are expecting some tough battles but we are looking forward to it.”
Senior Andres Bucaro takes on Georgia’s Marco Nunez at 9 a.m. along with Cristian Gonzalez Mendez who takes on Jose Fantova of FAU. No. 7 seed Jordan Kelly-Houston plays Oliver Webb of Georgia Southern at 11a.m. while No. 5 seed Benjamin Lock takes on UCF’s Amar Hromic at 1 p.m. Sophomore Dominic Cotrone also plays at 9 a.m. and takes on Alex Toliver of Kennesaw State while senior Anderson Reed plays at 1 p.m. verses Admire Mushonga of Florida A&M.
Representing the Southeast Region along with Florida State is Georgia, Florida, Georgia Tech, Miami, USF, Florida A&M, North Florida, UCF, Florida Gulf Coast, Florida Atlantic, Kennesaw State, Stetson, Georgia State and Georgia Southern.
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