LAKE BUENO VISTA, Fla. – The Florida State men’s tennis team continued its magically doubles run at the USTA Clay Court Invitational at Disney on Saturday. Three of the four doubles teams won their quarterfinal match to advance to Sunday’s semifinals matches in both the Gold and Garnet Doubles Draw. All matches at being played at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Disney.
“I’m happy about today’s play,” said head coach Dwayne Hultquist. “Having three doubles in tomorrow’s semifinals shows the hard work that our guys have done this fall. I’m also proud with Cristian’s play in singles today winning tough matches to advance to the finals.”
In the Garnet Doubles Draw, the Seminoles started the day off with two wins as senior Andres Bucaro and Michael Rinaldi topped Florida’s Proisy and Johnson 8-2 to take on FAU’s Neuner and Fantova at 8:30 on Sunday. Sophomore Cristian Gonzalez Mendez and redshirt freshman João Gauer defeated Duke’s Levine and McCall 8-5 to play Espejo Sanchez and Kirby of Tulsa on Sunday.
Sophomore Dominic Cotrone and Benjamin Lock continued the run with a 8-2 win over Florida’s Federhofer and Watson to play in Sunday’s 8:30 semifinals against Duke’s Redlicki and Tahir. If any of the Florida State teams advance to the finals, it will take place at 2 p.m.
Gonzalez Mendez won two singles matches to keep extending the magic at Disney to advance to Sunday’s Garnet Main Draw Finals. The native of Spain started his day against Russel Bader of Penn State in the quarterfinals and won 6-2, 1-6, 7-5. In the semifinals, he took on Georgia Tech’s Nathan Rakitt and lost only two games as he won 6-1, 6-1. On Sunday he plays against David Orces of The Citadel at 10:30.
In the Spear Main Draw quarterfinals, Gauer fought back after losing his first set to defeat Penn State’s Roman Trkulja 3-6, 6-4, 6-0. In the semifinals, Gauer lost to Chase Perez-Blanco of the USTA 6-3, 6-0. He plays a consolation match against Tulsa’s Tristan Jackson at 11:30.
Also winning in consolation matches today was senior Jordan Kelly-Houston who won 6-3, 1-6, 1-0 (13-11). Bucaro defeated Eduardo Segura of Georgia Tech 6-1, 1-6, 1-0 (11-9) while Rinaldi topped Jose Fantova of FAU 4-6, 6-4, 1-0 (10-7).
“It seemed like in all of our singles wins today, our guys fought back from being down to get those wins,” continued Hultquist. “To fight back anywhere from a game to a set shows the conditioning and training we’ve had to end this fall season on a high note.”
Competing in the tournament along with Florida State this weekend is USC, Duke, Cal, Florida, Kentucky, Georgia Tech, UCF, Penn State, Columbia, Tulsa, FAU and The Citadel.
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USTA Clay Court Invitational at Disney
Saturday, November 3, 2012
Gold Draw Doubles Quarterfinals
Lock/Cotrone (FSU) def. Federhofer/Watson (UF) 8-2
Quiroz/Hanfmann (USC) def. Reed/Kelly-Houston (FSU) 8-2
Garnet Draw Doubles Quarterfinals
Bucaro/Rinaldi (FSU) def. Proisy/Johnson (UF) 8-2
Gauer/Gonzalez Mendez (FSU) def. Levine/McCall (Duke) 8-5
Garnet Draw Singles Quarterfinals
Gonzalez Mendez (FSU) def. Bader (PSU) 6-2, 1-6, 7-5
Spear Draw Singles Quarterfinals
Gauer (FSU) def. Trakulja (PSU) 3-6, 6-4, 6-0
Gold Draw Singles First Round Losers
Redlicki (USTA) def. Reed (FSU) 4-6, 6-0, 10-3
Gold Draw Singles Second Round Losers
Kelly-Houston (FSU) def. Schneider (USTA) 6-3, 1-6, 13-11
Engsted (Cal) def. Cotrone (FSU) 7-6 (3), 4-6, 10-8
Lock (FSU) def. Jomby (UK) inj.
Garnet Draw Singles Second Round Losers
Bucaro (FSU) def. Segura (GT) 6-1, 1-6, 11-9
Rinaldi (FSU) def. Fantova (FAU) 4-6, 6-4, 10-7
Garnet Draw Singles Semifinals
Gonzalez Mendez (FSU) def. Rakitt (GT) 6-1, 6-1
Spear Draw Singles Semifinals
Perez-Blanco (USTA) def. Gauer (FSU) 6-3, 6-0