Tallahassee, FL - In three matches played at the USTA/ITA Southeast Regional the past two days, Jordan Kelly-Houston of the Florida State men’s tennis team has won all coming from behind in the main draw of singles. The senior now competes in Sunday’s quarterfinals at the Scott Speicher Tennis Center on the campus of Florida State University.
Kelly-Houston, ranked No. 108 in the nation, defeated Florida’s Billy Federhofer after losing the first set of the match. Playing in the round of 32, he came back to win 3-6, 6-2, 6-2. In the round of 16, Kelly-Houston faced off against Austin Smith of Georgia when he once again lost in the first set. After winning the second set, he fell behind 5-2 but won five straight games to win the match 3-6, 6-4, 7-5. He plays Sunday at 9 a.m. against Florida’s No. 17 Bob van Overbeek.
“I thought it was a great come from behind win from Jordan,” said head coach Dwayne Hultquist. “To come back in his sixth set of the day showed a lot. He had to win in three sets in all three matches this tournament. Smith is a very strong player and it was a strong physical match.”
Sophomore Dominic Cotrone won 6-3, 6-2 over Sofiane Chevallier of Georgia State in the round of 32. In the round of 16, Cotrone played one of the most intense matches of the tournament when he faced off against No. 123 Nathan Pasha of Georgia. Cotrone won the first set of the match but lost the second to play a full third set. The third set went to a tiebreaker but Pasha managed to defeat the Seminole 3-6, 6-2, 7-6 (5).
“Even though we lost 7-6 in the third, I thought Dominic’s match against Pasha was probably the best match played I’ve seen in the tournament,” continued Hultquist. “Dominic played really well and it was good tennis. He was right there to win it, I thought he played a great tiebreaker but Pasha stepped up and made a few extra plays.”
No. 100 Benjamin Lock defeated Pedro Davisson of North Florida in the round of 32 6-3, 6-3 but the sophomore lost in the round of 16 to Juan Melian of Georgia Tech 6-3, 6-2. Sophomore Cristian Gonzalez Mendez played in the other main draw match for the Seminoles but lost in the round of 32 to Miami’s Diego Soto 6-1, 4-6, 6-3.
Although the Seminoles had three doubles teams competing in the quarterfinals, they were unable to win a match as Lock and Cotrone fell 8-4 to Spir and Hundal, the No. 1 seed from Georgia Tech. Senior Andres Bucaro and freshman Michael Rinaldi lost 8-4 to the No. 4 seed of Alford and Diep of Florida. Kelly-Houston and senior Anderson Reed lost 8-6 to No. 3 seed Buerchner and Nemcsek of North Florida.
Representing the Southeast Region along with Florida State is Georgia, Florida, Georgia Tech, Miami, USF, Florida A&M, North Florida, UCF, Florida Gulf Coast, Florida Atlantic, Kennesaw State, Stetson, Georgia State and Georgia Southern.
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