TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The men’s tennis team (4-0) closed out the Seminole Quad with a 6-1 victory over Furman. This is the first time Florida State has opened the season with four wins since 2008. Once again, the Seminoles continued to be strong in doubles by winning all three matches at the Scott Speicher Tennis Center. Florida State closed the Seminole Quad winning all three matches including yesterday’s wins against No. 42 Nebraska and FAU.
“I think early in the season it’s always important to play more matches,” said head coach Dwayne Hultquist. “It’s tough, the guys are tired now, but we’ll take a day off tomorrow. We want to be ready in match play for National Indoors and playing USC. It’s going to be really tough out there with two of the top six teams in the country and Fresno State who is No. 28. I think the team will hopefully come together, have a fun time out there and come out of California with some wins.”
In doubles play, senior Vahid Mirzadeh (Wellington, Fla.) and sophomore Connor Smith (Tampa, Fla.) quickly won their seventh straight doubles match of the year by topping Sawyer Duncan and Andrew Mellow 8-1 on court one. In their first match of the year, senior Clint Bowles (Tampa, Fla.) and sophomore Jordan Kelly-Houston (Christchurch, New Zealand) won 8-1 over Marco Are and Bobby Browning on court three. Sophomores Andres Bucaro (Guatemala City, Guatemala) and Anderson Reed (Daphne, Ala.) closed it out for the team, with an 8-6 win on court two over Alex Christ and Joel Cook.
“I played really well this weekend,” said Bowles. “It was a big turnaround from Sarasota, I lost every match then I won every match. This is going to be a good confidence booster for all of us. We all played really well this weekend in singles and doubles. The momentum will be carried on to California.”
With the 1-0 lead the Seminoles stormed the court for singles. Smith came off the courts first for the ‘Noles to win his sixth match of the spring. He defeated Christ 6-2, 6-1 on court three. No. 37 Bowles followed suit and came off court two with the 6-0, 6-2 match over Mellow.
Clinching the match was Reed on court four. Despite being down 5-0 in the first set, Reed turned it around and won 11 straight games to get the 7-5, 6-2 win over Tyler Droll. No. 42 Mirzadeh won his fifth straight singles match by defeating Duncan 6-3, 6-4 on court one. Bucaro nabbed the last Florida State win of the day by defeating Watson George 7-6(5), 6-3 on court six.
The Seminoles travel to California for a match against No. 2 USC on January 26 then drive down the road to UCLA for the first and second rounds of the ITA National Indoors. The team faces No. 28 Fresno State on the 28th with the second round on the 29th.
No. 27 Florida State 6 v. Furman 1
1) Smith/Mirzadeh (FSU) v. Duncan/Mellow (FUR) 8-1
2) Bucaro/Reed (FSU) v. Christ/Cook (FUR) 8-6
3) Bowles/Kelly-Houston (FSU) v. Marco Aru/Browning (FUR) 8-1
Order of finish: 1, 3, 2
1) No. 42 Vahid Mirzadeh (FSU) def. Sawyer Duncan (FUR) 6-3, 6-4
2) No. 37 Clint Bowles (FSU) def. Andrew Mellow (FUR) 6-0, 6-2
3) Connor Smith (FSU) def. Alex Christ (FUR) 6-2, 6-1
4) Anderson Reed (FSU) def. Tyler Droll (FUR) 7-5, 6-2
5) Robbie Aru (FUR) def. Jordan Kelly-Houston (FSU) 6-3, 7-6(4)
6) Andres Bucaro (FSU) def. Watson George (FUR) 7-6 (5), 6-3
Order of finish: 3, 2, 4*, 1, 6, 5
No. 42 Nebraska 6 v. Florida Atlantic
1) Paar/Schulze (NEB) def. Abdelnour/Garibovic (FAU) 8-4
2) Lindheim/Aumueller (NEB) v. Carrasco/Vardag (FAU) 8-4
3) Florcyzk/Stenger (NEB) v. Madon/Webb (FAU) 8-4
Order of finish: 2, 1, 3
1) Marc Abdelnour (FAU) def. No. 99 Calin Paar (NEB) 6-2, 6-0
2) Christopher Aumueller (NEB) def. Daniel Vardag (FAU) 6-2, 6-0
3) No. 97 Benedikt Lindheim (NEB) def. Ervin Garibovic (FAU) 6-3, 7-5
4) Tom Blackwell (NEB) def. Omar Carrasco (FAU) 6-0, 6-3
5) Andre Stenger (NEB) def. Derek Madon (FAU) 6-1, 3-0 ret.
6) Sebastian Florcyzk (NEB) v. Oliver Webb (FAU) 6-2, 6-1
Order of finish: 6, 1, 2, 5*, 4, 3