TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The top team in the nation proved to be too big of a challenge as the No. 1 Virginia Cavaliers (20-0, 5-0) swept the No. 46 Florida State men’s tennis team (6-10, 1-4) 7-0. The Seminoles were able to push two doubles matches into a tiebreaker, but were unable to nab those wins at the Scott Speicher Tennis Center.
“I thought we certainly could have gained some momentum if we got the doubles point,” said head coach Dwayne Hultquist. “I thought we played good doubles. We were up 8-7 on number one and number two courts. Had we gotten the doubles point, certainly that would have been a boost to us.”
In doubles play the No. 15 duo of senior Vahid Mirzadeh (Wellington, Fla.) and sophomore Connor Smith (Tampa, Fla.) faced the No. 3 duo of Michael Shabaz and Drew Courtney on court one. The match battled back and forth to force a tiebreaker where the Cavaliers came out on top 9-8 (5).
In similar fashion on court two, sophomore Anderson Reed (Daphne, Ala.) and Andres Bucaro (Guatemala City, Guatemala) clashed with Sanam Singh and Jarmere Jenkins to force a tiebreaker, Florida State failed to capitalize as Virginia won 9-8(3).
Virginia went on to win every set except one in singles play. Senior Clint Bowles (Tampa, Fla.) and Bucaro lost their singles matches to make the score 3-0 in Virginia’s favor. The match was then suspended for 30 minutes due to weather in the area.
When the teams returned to the courts, Virginia clinched the match as No. 37 Jenkins defeated freshman Blake Davis (Austin, Texas) 6-3, 6-1 on court three.
Falling next was No. 26 Mirzadeh as he lost to No. 8 Shabaz 6-4, 6-1 on court one. Connor Smith dropped next for the ‘Noles as No. 32 Courtney won 7-6 (9), 6-1 on court four.
Winning the only set of the day was sophomore Jordan Kelly-Houston (Christchurch, New Zealand) on court five. No. 105 Uriguen ended up winning the match 7-5, 1-6, 6-4.
“They won a lot of close sets, Jordan (Kelly-Houston) and Connor (Smith) were up a break and lost the first set and Vahid (Mirzadeh) was on serve,” continued Hultquist. “For us to stay in a match against clearly the best team in the country, we need to convert on our opportunities. When we didn’t convert on those, it kind of made it a lopsided day.”
The Seminoles travel to No. 54 NC State and No. 39 Wake Forest next weekend.
No. 1 Virginia 7 v. No. 46 Florida State 0
1) No. 3 Shabaz/Courtney (UVA) def. No. 15 Mirzadeh/Smith (FSU) 9-8 (5)
2) Singh/Jenkins (UVA) def. Reed/Bucaro (FSU) 9-8 (3)
3) Domijan/Rooda (UVA) def. Kelly-Houston/Davis (FSU) 8-4
Order of finish: 3, 2*, 1
1) No. 8 Michael Shabaz (UVA) def. No. 26 Vahid Mirzadeh (FSU) 6-4, 6-1
2) No. 2 Alex Domijan (UVA) def. No. 76 Clint Bowles (FSU) 6-1, 6-3
3) No. 37 Jarmere Jenkins (UVA) def. Blake Davis (FSU) 6-3, 6-1
4) No. 32 Drew Courtney (UVA) def. Connor Smith (FSU) 7-6 (9), 6-1
5) No. 109 Julen Uriguen (UVA) def. Jordan Kelly-Houston (FSU) 7-5, 1-6, 6-4
6) Justin Shane (UVA) def. Andres Bucaro (FSU) 6-2, 6-1
Order of finish: 2, 6, 3*, 1, 4, 5