Jan. 30, 2010
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - The No. 13 Seminoles came back strong on Saturday, a day after falling to No. 32 Wisconsin, by winning 4-2 over No. 29 LSU in the final match in Tallahassee for the ITA Kick-off Weekend. Senior Jean-Yves Aubone fought hard to clinch the victory for Florida State. During today's match, every Seminole on the court posted a win for the team in either singles or doubles.
"I think one thing that is good, is that really everybody contributed to either singles or doubles for the win," said head coach Dwayne Hultquist. "All six people were part of it. The three freshmen all won doubles with Vahid in that. Then the top three all won singles. When you play good teams, different people come through. I think it was a good team effort all the way."
In doubles play, No. 31 Vahid Mirzadeh (Wellington, Fla.) and Connor Smith (Tampa, Fla.) won their match easily 8-1 against the Tiger's Roger Anderson and Stefan Skupski. The freshmen duo of Andres Bucaro (Guatemala City, Guatemala) and Anderson Reed (Daphne, Ala.) won their third straight doubles match in a 8-5 win over Olivier Borsos and Mark Bowtell of LSU.
In singles play, No. 23 Clint Bowles (Tampa, Fla.) came off the courts first. The junior posted a 6-2, 6-0 victory over Cody Loup on court three.
A day after an exhausting three hour singles battle, Mirzadeh walked off the courts with another three set match, but this time had the win. He upset No. 26 Neal Skupski 6-1, 5-7, 6-1 on court two.
"It was definitely tough mentally to come back," said Mirzadeh. "Obviously losing yesterday we lost our shot to National Indoors. I think today was just an attitude match. I think we did pretty good. I was really proud of the guys for coming with good attitudes and competing."
After losing the first set No. 27 Aubone (Miami, Fla.) came back to clinch the victory for the Seminoles. On court one he defeated No. 97 Sebastian Carisson 4-6, 6-4, 6-1. Smith was winning in his third set but did not finish.
"Today I thought we did a good job since we were down in a couple of singles and Jean-Yves and Connor really fought back," continued Hultquist. "I thought that was a good effort on their part."
Earlier in the day, No. 19 Louisville defeated No. 32 Wisconsin 4-0 to advance to the ITA National Indoor Championships.
Up next for the Seminoles is a home bout against No. 59 Furman on Friday at 3:00pm and No. 37 USF Saturday at noon. Admission to the Scott Speicher Tennis Center is free.
No. 19 Louisville 4 def. No. 32 Wisconsin 0