Jan. 26, 2011
LOS ANGELES - Falling for the first time this season, the No. 27 Florida State men's tennis team lost 6-1 to No. 2 Southern California on the road at Marks Stadium. The Seminoles record falls to 4-1while first-time opponent USC goes up to 3-0. No. 42 Vahid Mirzadeh won both of his matches of the day after he nabbed the only point for the `Noles by upsetting the No. 18 player in the nation.
"I thought we played okay but I think we need to play better," said head coach Dwayne Hultquist. "USC has a lot of starters back from last year's team who won the National Title. I thought they played great and showed why they won the National Title the last two years."
In doubles play, the senior Mirzadeh and sophomore Connor Smith (Tampa, Fla.) nabbed an 8-6 win over Steve Johnson and Ray Sarmiento on court one. The deciding match came down to court three with sophomores Anderson Reed (Daphne, Ala.) and Andres Bucaro (Guatemala City, Guatemala) facing the No. 51 duo of Jaak Poldma and JT Sundling. The match was close but Florida State dropped it 8-4.
"Connor and Vahid are trying to make the NCAA tournament in doubles," continued Hultquist. "They have been playing well all year long. They beat a very good team. I thought that was real positive."
In singles play, the Seminoles started strong with Mirzadeh, Reed, Bucaro and freshman Blake Davis (Austin, Texas) were able to win the first sets, but they each lost the second one to force a third set.
"We certainly had a good start in singles," stated Hultquist. "But it was a long four hour battle. I thought Anderson (Reed), Andres (Bucaro) and Blake (Davis) all played really good first sets but then the play came off a little bit ."
Mirzadeh, a native of Wellington, Fla., was the only `Nole able to grab a third set win. No. 42 Mirzadeh got his sixth straight singles match win with the 7-6(5), 5-7, 1-0(10-7) victory over No. 18 Daniel Nguyen on court one.
"Daniel Nguyen is a top 20 player and a terrific player for them the last several years," said Hultquist. "I think that was a good hard fought win, it was the last match of the day, even though some of the other matches went three sets. That was a huge win for him personally."
Florida State will face No. 28 Fresno State on Friday, January 28 at 10:00 a.m. PT in the ITA Kick-Off Weekend at UCLA. The winner of the bout between Florida State and Fresno State will face the winner of No. 6 UCLA and No. 33 Minnesota. The winners will play at 3:00 p.m. PT while the consolation match will be at 6:00 p.m. PT.
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