March 12, 2010
HOUSTON, Texas – With a 5-2 victory over No. 51 Rice, the No. 19 Florida State men’s tennis team finished its Spring Break road trip at the Jake Hess Tennis Stadium. After losing the doubles point, the Seminoles (10-2) came back strong to win five singles matches. Winning his 147th career match was senior Jean-Yves Aubone (Miami, Fla.) to make him tied for 10th in career overall wins at Florida State.
The Seminoles stormed the courts after losing the doubles point knowing they had to win each match. Winning first for the Seminoles was No. 69 Vahid Mirzadeh (Wellington, Fla.). The senior won his 13th singles match of the season in a 6-3, 6-1 victory over Oscar Podlewski on court two. No. 35 Aubone won the next match for Florida State. After winning a tight first set, he came back decisively in the second set to upset No. 25 Bruno Rosa 7-5, 6-1.
“I thought it was a really, really good win for Jean-Yves,” said head coach Dwayne Hultquist. “He’s a very, very good player and won it convincingly in the second set to get off the courts quick. Vahid won first. He won second in a very strong win.”
“It was a very good match and Bruno Rosa is such a good player,” described Aubone. “I really wasn’t expecting to come out and win straight sets. But I battled as hard as I could and I got a couple of good points and that’s really all the difference was, scoring good points.”
With this win, he is tied with Ty Braswel and only seven wins away from tying current assistant coach Mat Cloer with 154 wins.
“It’s something that never really crossed my mind or thought was ever possible,” continued Aubone. “It’s definitely nice achieving, especially with so many other great players, and some of who throughout the years I’ve played with like Maciek Sykut, so it’s extremely special for me.”
Freshman Connor Smith (Tampa, Fla.) came off the courts next to win the third singles match. Playing on court four, Smith won 6-4, 7-6 (5) against Sam Garforth-Bles. Clinching the match for the Seminoles was freshmen Jordan Kelly-Houston, snapping his three match losing streak. The native of Christchurch, New Zealand played three sets to win over Christian Saravia 6-3, 2-6, 6-4 on court six.
“I thought it was pretty key for Jordan to get the clinching win,” described Hultquist. “We won four first sets. For Jordan to win in three sets shows it was a tight match, very hard fought and I thought we did a good job across the board.”
Clint Bowles was the final Seminole to come off the courts. He lost his first set to storm back and win the next two on court three. His 6-7 (5), 6-2, 10-6 victory was over Michael Nuesslein.
In doubles play, the Seminoles only got one victory but it was over the No. 52 duo of Nuesslein and Saravia. Mirzadeh and Smith won 9-8 (11-9) on court one to now have nine wins on the season.
The Seminoles return home on Sunday with a 12:00 p.m. bout against No. 44 Notre Dame.
“Notre Dame is a really good team,” said Hultquist. “We’ve kind of struggled with them, we beat them last year, but we’ve struggled with them over the years. They compete really hard. But it’s good to be back home.”
Sunday is Dad’s and Daughter’s Day where you can come spend the day with the `Noles and sign up to compete in a Dad and Daughter Challenge. All matches at the Scott Speicher Tennis Courts are free.
No. 19 Florida State 5 def. No. 51 Rice 2
1) Mirzadeh/Smith (FSU) def. No. 52 Nuesslein/Saravia (RICE) 9-8 (11-9)
2 Rosa/Tachibana (RICE) def. Aubone/Bowles (FSU) 8-5
3) Podlewski/Polyakov (RICE) def. Bucaro/Reed (FSU) 8-6
Order of finish: 2, 3, 1
1) No. 35 Jean-Yves Aubone (FSU) def. No. 25 Bruno Rosa (RICE) 7-5, 6-1
2) No. 69 Vahid Mirzadeh (FSU) def. Oscar Podlewski (RICE) 6-3, 6-1
3) No. 55 Clint Bowles (FSU) def. Michael Nuesslein (RICE) 6-7 (5), 6-2, 10-6
4) Connor Smith (FSU) def. Sam Garforth-Bles (RICE) 6-4, 7-6 (5)
5) Isamu Tachibana (RICE) def. Andres Bucaro (FSU) 6-4, 6-4
6) Jordan Kelly-Houston (FSU) def. Christian Saravia (RICE) 6-3, 2-6, 6-4
Order of finish: 2, 1, 5, 4, 6*, 3