October 4, 2011 - by
Freshman Earns First Ranked Win

Oct. 4, 2011

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida State men’s tennis team concluded play at the ITA All-Americans on the campus of the University of Tulsa today. Both Seminoles competing won their consolation singles matches but fell in the second round of the doubles qualifying draw.

In only his second tournament, freshman Cristian Gonzalez Mendez (Santiago de Compostela, Spain) gained his first collegiate ranked win. After falling in the first set to No. 67 Clarke Spinosa of San Diego, the freshman was behind a break in the second set but fought back to win. The match came down to a third set tiebreaker where the freshman came out on top again. The final result was 5-7, 6-4, 10-8.

“I played very well,” said Gonzalez Mendez. “I think it was my best match here. I felt comfortable in baseline and won a lot of points at the net. It was a good win because I was lost one set and was a break down in the second set and I came back.”

Jordan Kelly-Houston (Christchurch, New Zealand) took on San Diego’s Thibaut Visy in his consolation match. Playing one of his best matches ever, the junior came out on top with a 6-2, 6-4 win.

“Jordan was very sharp today and played an exceptional first set,” said head coach Dwayne Hultquist. “With the match kind of on serve in the second, he finished it off really strong in the last three games. He played very confidently and aggressively. He finished a lot of points around the net and really controlled the court today.”

“I think today Jordan and Cristian probably played their best matches of the year,” finished Hultquist.

In doubles play, the duo took on Carlos Cueto and Ben McLachlan of California but lost 8-3 in the second round of the doubles qualifying draw.

The team is off until October 20th where they will compete at the ITA Southeast Regionals hosted on the campus of the University of Georgia in Athens.

Qualifying Consolation Matches

Jordan Kelly-Houston (FSU) def. Thibaut Visy (USD) 6-2, 6-4
Cristian Gonzalez Mendez (FSU) def. No. 67 Clarke Spinosa (USD) 5-7, 6-4, 10-8

Qualifying Doubles Second Round
Cueto/McLachlan (CAL) def. Gonzalez Mendez/Kelly-Houston (FSU) 8-3


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