Jan. 28, 2011
LOS ANGELES - After losing their first match of the season, the No. 27 Florida State men's tennis team (5-1) quickly turned around their play to nab a 4-1 victory over No. 28 Fresno State (5-1). The team is competing at the Los Angeles Tennis Center on the campus of UCLA at the ITA Kick-Off Weekend. Florida State will play the winner of today's match between No. 6 UCLA and No. 33 Minnesota tomorrow at 3:00 p.m. PT.
"I thought it was a well fought match," said head coach Dwayne Hultquist. "There was a good effort out here today and I'm pleased with it. We beat a good team who won their conference last year so it's a good bounce back after losing the match to USC."
To start off doubles play, sophomores Anderson Reed (Daphne, Ala.) and Andres Bucaro (Guatemala City, Guatemala) came on the court first to nab the first win of the day. After being down 4-3 on court three, the duo came back to win five straight games. Senior Vahid Mirzadeh (Wellington, Fla.) and sophomore Connor Smith (Tampa, Fla.) secured the doubles point by getting the 8-6 win over the No. 21 team of Boutillier and de Villiers. This marked the eighth straight win by tandem.
"I thought we got off to a very fast start in No. 1 doubles, Fresno State actually came back on us but we held through that," continued Hultquist. "I thought one of the things that was key, and something we really preach a lot, was that on two doubles we were down 7-3 and we fought back to 7-7 which helped out momentum. Three doubles kind of really got it going. I thought the doubles play was very solid."
In singles, the team came out strong to win five of the six first sets. Reed came off the courts first with a very convincing 6-0, 6-0 win over David Ayoun on court five. Smith followed suit and came off the courts next with a 6-2, 6-1 win on court three over Jean-Charles Diame.
Bucaro finished on court six with a 6-2, 7-5 win over Siddarth Alapati to clinch the match for the `Noles. Freshman Blake Davis (Austin, Texas) was only moments away from winning his match before play was stopped.
"We really jumped out early in all the singles matches," said Hultquist. "Connor and Anderson were very quickly off so it was 3-0 real quick. It helped that they jumped on their guys then got off the courts. Andres and Blake were both close to finishing and Andres just happened to win first."
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