Aug. 3, 2010
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Two members of Florida State’s tennis team has been excelling recently this summer. Assistant coach Nick Crowell has been coaching the Florida USTA Junior U18 team while Connor Smith has been competing at the Ursula Beck Pro Tennis Classic.
Crowell is the Florida USTA Junior U18 team’s coach for the third year. The team is at the 2010 USTA Boys 18 National Team Championship hosted by the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Florida beat the unseeded New England team 5-2 and then faced No. 4 Eastern to win 5-2 to advance to the semifinals against South California. On Monday, Florida beat the No. 1 seed South California 4-3 in a long five hour match. They will face the No. 3 seed Midwest on Tuesday. Results can be found on usta.com.
“Monday was a great match between two great teams,” said Crowell. “This really gives these young men a taste of college tennis and the great atmosphere it brings. Our guys never gave up today and won a five hour dual match against a very talented Southern California team.”
Rising sophomore Smith, a native of Tampa, Fla., defeated the 265th played in the world, Ryler DeHeart 2-6, 6-1, 6-4 at the Ursula Beck Pro Tennis Classic. This was his fourth consecutive win in the singles qualifying to advance to the main draw of the singles competition. He faces Joshua Zavala on Wednesday. Up-to-date results can be found on ursulabecktennis.com.
“I grew up with Ryler and my dad coached him during juniors,” said Smith. “He is a good player and a good guy. I was really happy to get this big win.”