April 16, 2010
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The men’s tennis match between the No. 27 Florida State Seminoles and No. 19 North Carolina Tar Heels came down to the very last match with the Tar Heels coming out on top 4-3. It was an electrifying atmosphere but the Seminoles fell to 13-7, 6-4 at the Scott Speicher Tennis Center.
“I thought in general, in singles we played pretty well,” said head coach Dwayne Hultquist. “I thought we were off in doubles. I’m not exactly sure why on that. I thought we played six pretty good singles matches. Anderson had a great match today, Clint beat a ranked guy and Jean-Yves beat one of the better players in the ACC so I thought we did some good things and came up just a little bit short. The crowd was very good. It was pretty full all the way across. I think our guys always like having a good crowd.”
Freshman Anderson Reed (Daphne, Ala.) got the first win for the Seminoles in singles. He came off court six with a decisive 6-3, 6-2 win over Zach Hunter to raise his record to 8-5 on the season. No. 27 Jean-Yves Aubone (Miami, Fla.) posted the next win coming off court one with a 7-5, 6-2 win over No. 46 Clay Donato to get this 16th win of the season.
No. 69 Clint Bowles, a junior from Tampa, Fla., posted his seventh straight singles win. He defeated No. 116 Stefan Hardy 6-2, 7-6 (3) on court three. He is now 14-6 this spring with a 14-4 record on court three.
“We’ve been struggling in doubles lately,” said Bowles. “We couldn’t get it done. But I thought we played pretty well in singles. I love the way Andres competed and put it on the line. We just didn’t get it done unfortunately. For my matches it is all mental really. I just need to be focused and do the right things off the court. We love when there is a big crowd but unfortunately we couldn’t satisfy them.”
The Tar Heels won the next two singles matches to tie the match 3-3.
Court four was a battle between Florida State’s freshman Andres Bucaro (Guatemala City, Guatemala) and North Carolina’s No. 85 Brennan Boyajian. Boyajian won the first set 6-2 but Bucaro won a tiebreaker in the second set to force a third set. Boyajian took the third set 6-2 to clinch the match for the Tar Heels.
“I think Andres shows signs of being a great player,” said Hultquist. “He plays in streaks and we’ve got to get better at smoothing some of those out. He’s a momentum player and we’ve got to get him a little bit better when momentum isn’t on his side. Brennan (Boyajian) is a very good player who is nationally ranked. I thought Andres (Bucaro) played really well to get it to a third set.”
Although the Seminoles lost the doubles point, the No. 57 duo of senior Vahid Mirzadeh (Wellington, Fla.) and freshman Connor Smith (Tampa, Fla.) upset the No. 27 duo in the nation Donato and Hardy 8-4 on court one for their 13th win of the season.
The Seminoles return to the Scott Speicher Tennis Center on Sunday to close out the regular season. The match against No. 14 Duke begins at noon and will honor three seniors, Aubone, Mirzadeh and Keith Embree (Naples, Fla.) for their careers at Florida State.
No. 19 North Carolina 4 def. No. 27 Florida State 3
1) No. 57 Smith/Mirzadeh (FSU) def. No. 27 Donato/Hardy (UNC) 8-4
2) Ahari/Boyajian (UNC) def. Kelly-Houson/Aubone (FSU) 8-3
3) Crone/Hernandez (UNC) def. Bowles/Bucaro (FSU) 8-2
Order of finish: 2,3,1
1) No. 27 Jean-Yves Aubone (FSU) def. No. 46 Clay Donato (UNC) 7-5, 6-2
2) No. 53 Jose Hernandez (UNC) def. No. 48 Vahid Mirzadeh (FSU) 6-3, 6-4
3) No. 69 Clint Bowles (FSU) def. No. 116 Stefan Hardy (UNC) 6-2, 7-6 (3)
4) No. 85 Brennan Boyajian (UNC) def. Andres Bucaro (FSU) 6-2, 6-7 (2), 6-2
5) Cameron Ahari (UNC) def. Jordan Kelly-Houston (FSU) 6-4, 6-3
6) Anderson Reed (FSU) def. Zach Hunter (UNC) 6-3, 6-2
Order of finish: 6,1,3,2,5,4