URBANA-CHAMPAIGN, ILL. – The Seminoles started the 2013 NCAA Men’s Tennis Doubles Championships with a win on Thursday as junior Blake Davis and sophomore Dominic Cotrone won their first round match. The Seminoles take on the No. 2 seed tomorrow to earn All-American honors on the campus of the University of Illinois.
“I was really proud of our guys for persevering today,” said head coach Dwayne Hultquist. “The conditions are rough, it’s cold and windy, but we did a good job of getting out of some games and overcoming some adversity. Blake did a good job of being positive in such tough conditions today.”
The No. 14 Seminole duo came out to a quick 4-0 lead against No. 15 Garrett Brasseaux and Nathan Pasha of Georgia, but the Bulldogs fought back to win four straight games and eventually tied the first set 5-5. The Seminoles won the next two games to win that set 7-5.
In the second set, the teams started with a 3-3 tie, but Cotrone and Davis kept fighting back to go up 5-4. The teams proceeded to stay on serve as Florida State went up 6-5. Georgia tried to stay on serve but the Seminoles played tough and broke them to win the second set to win the match 7-5, 7-5.
“The conditions out there were so tough, especially for summer,” said Davis. “It’s cold and extremely windy, like winter in Tallahassee. In doubles it’s important to be positive, especially in college tennis. We were able to get the key points today so it was big to be ready.”
In order to be All-Americans, the Seminoles need to win tomorrow’s match against the No. 2 team of Henrique Cunha and Raphael Hemmeler of Duke. The two teams faced off during the ACC Tournament in a tight match but the Blue Devils won 8-4.
“We know that they are a great team and one of the top teams in the tournament,” continued Hultquist. “It will be a tough match. We had a very tough match against them earlier so we know it will be a tough day.”
“We play one of the best teams in the country, probably the best,” said Davis. “I think Dominic and I are one of the best, too, so it should be a great match tomorrow.”
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