Jan. 29, 2010
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - The Florida State men's tennis team lost its match today against the Wisconsin Badgers Friday at the Scott Speicher Tennis Center. The Seminoles (2-1) fell 4-3 on the first day of the ITA Kick-off Weekend, part of the ITA Tennis Indoor Championships. The trio of freshmen each one their singles matches for the Seminoles.
"I think the freshmen played awesome," said head coach Dwayne Hultquist. "They did exactly what we ask. They all won straight sets, competed hard, the freshmen actually won at doubles, too. Going into the season, our question mark was the freshmen but obviously they did an awesome job."
After being postponed for thirty minutes due to rain earlier in the day, the Seminoles hit the courts for doubles play. The freshmen duo of Andres Bucaro (Guatemala City, Guatemala) and Anderson Reed (Daphne, Fla.) won on court three 8-6 against Wisconsin's duo of Michael Dierberger/Luke Rassow-Kantor. No. 31 Vahid Mirzadeh (Wellington, Fla.) and Connor Smith (Tampa, Fla.) fought hard against Wisconsin's No. 3 team of Moritz Baumann/ Marek Michalika but fell 9-8(7-4).
"I think we have been practicing pretty well," said freshman Bucaro. "We've been improving a lot and I think in matches we've been patient with each other and helping out each other. It's been great. He complements me some parts of my game and I do the same thing to his."
In singles play, Smith, a freshman, finished first for Florida State with a quick 6-2, 6-1 victory over Ricardo Martin on court four. This was the first win of three for the freshmen in singles. Reed came off the court with the next win for the Seminoles winning 7-5, 6-2 on court six over Billy Bertha. In the final victory for the Seminoles, Bucaro won on court five against Chris Freeman 6-3, 6-4.
"We really credit everything to practice," said Reed. "We knew freshmen were going to fill slots 4-6. We work hard so it pays off which we saw today. We're going to do the same exact thing in the future, practice just as hard and challenge the guys at top, and if we challenge the guys at top, they're going to get better, too."
In the longest match of the day, Mirzadeh battled in three sets for over three hours against No. 20 Michalicka. The senior finally won the first set after three of his teammates had already walked off the courts. Michalicka won the match 6-7 (9), 6-1, 7-6 (4).
"I think we have to become a better team," Hultquist said. "I thought we did a great job supporting Vahid in the third set, but I think we have to be a better team then we are. There is a way to be better playing team tennis, part of it is finishing matches off when you have opportunities, and part of it is having the support and energy around the guys. I think certainly we did some very good things. We lost to a good team."
Earlier in the day, No. 19 Louisville defeated No. 29 LSU 4-2. Louisville will face Wisconsin Saturday at noon to see who advances to the ITA Indoor Championships. Florida State plays at 2:00pm, weather permitting, against LSU. Visit Seminoles.com for time changes.
No. 19 Louisville 4 def. No. 29 LSU 2