Sept. 27, 2013
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida State men’s tennis team came out strong in the singles round of 16 with a perfect 4-0 record at the Bedford Cup to play in tomorrow’s quarterfinals and a combined 16-5 record the past two days. After two rounds of doubles play, the Seminoles have one pairing playing in tomorrow’s semifinals at the Scott Speicher Tennis Center.
“It was a good day in singles,” said head coach Dwayne Hultquist. “I think our physical play really showed today and we played well. I was proud to see some of our guys win convincingly to move onto the next round. Tomorrow is a more challenging day to play two singles, and we have two of our guys playing each other. The tennis is going to get heightened and it’s going to get a little more intense tomorrow.”
Early this morning, the singles round of 16 started with junior Cristian Gonzalez Mendez winning 6-1, 6-2 over UCF’s Inaki Espindola. Freshman Jose Gracia came out strong with a dominating 6-1, 6-3 win over Yannick Zuern of North Florida.
In the doubles round of 16, the Seminoles won all three matches. Against Stetson’s Espie and Julin, Goldin and Rinaldi teamed up to win 8-1 in their first match together. In the quarterfinals, the duo topped Zuern and Gomez of UNF 8-5 to play in tomorrow’s semifinals.
“At first I was pretty shaking in my first set of singles, but I played strong in the second set to win,” said Rinaldi. “Hopefully we all get to the semifinals tomorrow. It was Grayson and mine’s first time playing a doubles match, but we’ve been playing well in practice and play similar games so we just stayed aggressive and go for our shots.”
Gracia teamed up with freshman Jack Haffey to win 8-2 over Watane and Sangroniz of UCF 8-2. Also in the round of 16, Gonzalez Mendez and sophomore João Gauer defeated Evenden and Okungbowa of Florida A&M 8-1. Both doubles teams lost in close matches in the quarterfinals.
The Seminoles begin singles quarterfinals at 9 a.m. The doubles match begins at 3:30.
Joining Florida State is eight other schools including Bethune-Cookman, Florida A&M, Florida Atlantic, Florida Gulf Coast, Miami, North Florida, Stetson and UCF.
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Singles Round of 16
Grayson Goldin (FSU) def. Andrei Morin-Kougoucheff (FAU) 6-3, ret.
Cristian Gonzalez Mendez (FSU) def. Inaki Espindola (UCF) 6-1, 6-2
Jose Gracia (FSU) def. Yannick Zuern (UNF) 6-1, 6-3
Michael Rinaldi (FSU) def. Chris Barrus (UCF) 6-3, 6-2
Doubles Round of 16
Gracia/Haffey (FSU) def. Watane/Sangroniz (UCF) 8-2
Goldin/Rinaldi (FSU) def. Espie/Julin (STET) 8-1
Gonzalez Mendez/Gauer (FSU) def. Evenden/Okungbowa (FAMU) 8-1
Goldin/Rinaldi (FSU) def. Zuern/Gomez (UNF) 8-5
Riseng/Debut (STET) def. Gracia/Haffey (FSU) 8-6
Espindola/Du Toit (UCF) def. Gonzalez Mendez/Gauer (FSU) 9-7