TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The No. 27 Florida State men’s tennis team (3-0) finished the first day of the Seminole Quad having beat No. 42 Nebraska 4-2 and Florida Atlantic 7-0. Doubles play continued to be strong as the team has yet to lose a doubles match this dual match season.
“The Nebraska match was really hard fought,” stated head coach Dwayne Hultquist. “I was really proud of Clint (Bowles) coming through and clinching for us. Had he not come through, it would have been hard for us to get geared back up after having a 3-1 lead. We did a great job in the first sets to come out strong. Nebraska made a nice little run, they’ve got a very good team. Looking back we’ll see this as a good win.”
Against Nebraska, the first match of the day, the teams only played singles. Coming off the courts first for the ‘Noles was sophomore Connor Smith (Tampa, Fla.) on court three. Smith defeated his first ranked opponent of the year in No. 97 Benedikt Lindheim 6-0, 7-5. The match was then tied up when sophomore Anderson Reed (Daphne, Ala.) lost 6-3, 6-2 to Andre Stenger on court five.
Momentum quickly shifted to Florida State as senior No. 42 Vahid Mirzadeh (Wellington, Fla.) won on court one against Christopher Aumueller 6-2, 6-3. Freshman Blake Davis (Austin, Texas) made the score 3-1 as won 6-1, 6-2 over Eric Sock on court four. Sophomore Andres Bucaro (Guatemala City, Guatemala) lost his match to Sebastian Florcyzk in three sets on court six to make the score 3-2.
The pressure was on senior Clint Bowles (Tampa, Fla.) to win his match on court two. If No. 37 Bowles lost his match, the teams would be forced to play doubles. Having won the first set 6-3, Bowles lost the second set to force a third. He and No. 99 Calin Paar battled back and forth until Bowles came out on top to win the match 6-3, 0-6, 7-5.
“I thought we did a good job against FAU,” continued Hultquist. “Sometimes it’s hard to play a second match focus wise. I thought we stayed focus and we finished them off. I was proud for Vahid (Mirzadeh) to come back and win his second set with his opponent being up on him, he came back to win it. Although we had the team match, I think it’s important to win every match we have.”
After a break, Florida State returned to the courts to take on Florida Atlantic, who defeated Furman 4-0 earlier in the day. The Seminoles quickly took the lead by going 3-0 in doubles. Smith and Mirzadeh extended their winning streak to five matches with an 8-2 win over Marc Abdelnour and Ervin Garibovic. Bowles and Davis clinched the doubles point by an 8-2 victory over Omar Carrasco and Daniel Vardag. Bucaro and Reed closed it out for the ‘Noles as they defeated Derek Madon and Oliver Webb 8-5.
The wins kept coming for the Seminoles as the team went to go on and shot down the Owls. Davis got off the courts first with a 6-0, 6-2 win over Carrasco on court four. Reed and Bucaro turned around their play from earlier while Bucaro got the 6-2, 6-1 win over Webb and Reed got the 8 6-2, 6-2 win over Madon on court five.
Smith got his fifth win of the season with a 6-4, 6-1 victory over Garibovic on court three. Bowles played on court one this match and got the 6-2, 6-4 win over Abdelnour. Mirzadeh closed it out for the ‘Noles by defeating Vardag 6-2, 7-6 (5) on court two.
The Seminoles return to the courts tomorrow at noon as they face Furman. Nebraska vs. Florida Atlantic begins at 10:00 a.m. Admission is free at all home matches. For the latest results and news, visit Seminoles.com.