March 4, 2012
CORAL GABLES, Fla. – The No. 23 Florida State men’s tennis team (11-2, 3-0) remains undefeated in ACC play after a 6-1 win over No. 52 Miami (6-3, 0-1). The teams played singles first where the Noles went 5-1. In doubles, FSU swept all three courts to conclude the match.
“It was an incredible match with four matches going to three sets and two going to tiebreakers,” said head coach Dwayne Hultquist. “We are fortunate to beat a very good Miami team and it was great how every match we competed hard, which is why he are successful this year.”
“The key to the match was winning our last sets,” said Hultquist. “We broke serve on three different courts to win four first sets. It was a long match, very competitive and a great team win. It meant so much for our former players to be out cheering us down here is Miami. They are always a great motivation for us.”
Off the courts first for the Seminoles were senior Jason Zafiros and junior Andres Bucaro. Zafiros is now 9-1 this season after defeating Henrique Tsukamoto 7-5, 6-2 on court five. Bucaro topped Diego Soto on court four 6-4, 7-5 to win his 11th straight match of the season.
Junior Jordan Kelly-Houston came of the courts next for the Seminoles. After dropping his first set, he won his next to sets to improve his record to 8-4 after dropping Gabriel Flores 3-6, 6-3, 6-2. Junior Anderson Reed clinched the match 6-4, 3-6, 6-1 on court six against Victor Mauz. After winning his first set, he dropped his second to force a third set. He lost one game in the third to remain undefeated this season at 7-0.
“Dominic and I have been playing well together in doubles,” said Reed. “We’re fundamentally oriented and today we took the responsibility on court one. We got up an early break and were able to get the win. It felt good to clinch down here in Miami. This team always gives us a big fight, and it’s an instate rival which made us want to come down here to get this big win.”
Sophomore Blake Davis and freshman Cristian Gonzalez Mendez both played in third set tiebreakers on courts two and three, respectively. Davis came out on top 6-4, 2-6, 7-6 (6) against Omar Aly while Gonzalez Mendez fell to Wilfredo Gonzalez 2-6, 6-1, 6-7 (3).
In doubles play, the teams switched up the line-up with Reed and freshman Dominic Cotrone playing on court one. The duo won 8-4 against Aly and Gonzalez. Kelly-Houston paired up with redshirt-sophomore Brian Alden for only the second time this year and came up with an 8-6 win on court two. Bucaro and freshman Benjamin Lock swept Mauz and Marco Stancati 8-0 on court three.
The Seminoles travel to face No. 8 Texas on March 10th and return home on March 15 against No. 39 UNC-Wilmington. Follow the Seminoles on twitter at @FSU_MTennis.
No. 23 Florida State 6 def. No. 52 Miami 1
1) Jordan Kelly-Houston (FSU) def. Gabriel Flores (UM) 3-6, 6-3, 6-2
2) Blake Davis (FSU) def. Omar Aly (UM) 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (6)
3) Wilfredo Gonzalez (UM) def. Cristian Gonzalez Mendez (FSU) 6-2, 1-6, 7-6 (3)
4) Andres Bucaro (FSU) def. Diego Soto (UM) 6-4, 7-5
5) Jason Zafiros (FSU) def. Henrique Tsukamoto (UM) 7-5, 6-2
6) Anderson Reed (FSU) def. Victor Mauz (UM) 6-4, 3-6, 6-1
Order of finish: 5, 4, 1, 6*, 3, 2
1) Reed/Cotrone (FSU) def. Aly/Gonzalez (UM) 8-4
2) Kelly-Houston/Brian Alden (FSU) def. Flores/Soto (UM) 8-6
3) Bucaro/Lock (FSU) def. Mauz/Marco Stancati (UM) 8-0
Order of finish: 3, 2, 1