May 24, 2013
URBANA-CHAMPAIGN, ILL. – In the round of 16 of the NCAA Men’s Tennis Doubles Championships, the duo of sophomore Dominic Cotrone and junior Blake Davis fell in a heartbreaking three set loss to Duke’s Henrique Cunha and Raphael Hemmeler. Duke won 5-7, 6-4, 7-5 on the campus of the University of Illinois.
“The match was very well played and could have gone either way,” said head coach Dwayne Hultquist. “We started a little slow but Duke played well and won some close games. After that we caught on fire to win the first set. Dominic moved very well and put a lot games away. We had some strong serving to get out of some games as Duke is a great returning team just like us.”
“Duke is a great team,” continued Hultquist. “We wish them the best of luck because I think they can go all the way. For four years Cunha has been a great doubles player, top in the nation, and he’s still in both singles and doubles here.”
Ranked No. 14 in the nation, the Seminole duo took on the No. 2 team to become All-Americans and advance in the tournament. Florida State was down in the first set 5-1 but then fought off Duke and broke them three times to win six straight games to win the first set.
In the second set, the two teams battled back and forth in long games until Duke eventually won the set 6-4. The two teams took the court with a blank slate for a third set. The teams once against battled one another with Florida State up 5-4. Duke was on serve and Florida State was one point away from the title, but Duke fought back to win their point. At that point Duke won three straight games to take the win over Florida State.
The team returns to the court next fall. For more information, check back to Seminoles.com. You can also follow the team at Twitter.com/FSU_MTennis.