Feb. 6, 2010
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - The No. 18 ranked Florida State Seminoles continued to play outstanding tennis on Saturday, sweeping No. 42 South Florida with a 7-0 victory. It was the first 7-0 win the Seminoles have posted this season and their second sweep as they improved their spring record to 4-1.
Florida State won all nine matches (six singles, three doubles) in the dominating victory. The match was clinched when junior No. 23 Clint Bowles (Tampa, Fla.) defeated No. 64 Jamal Adderley 6-3, 6-3.
"We played well on every court," head coach Dwayne Hultquist said. "We have a lot of good players and we did a good job of taking it to them. I think a good team has to play well at every spot and Andres [Bucaro] was able to win that one tiebreaker [at the end] so we swept."
It was the second consecutive victory in straight sets for Bowles - currently the highest ranked singles player on the team. Bowles also defeated LSU's Cody Loup in straight sets 6-2, 6-0 last weekend.
"After the loss versus Wisconsin, I knew I had to step things up a notch," explained Bowles. "I came right back the next day and played really well against LSU. I had a good week of practice and followed it with another good match today. I think I'll be continuing to play well."
Saturday marked the collegiate debut for freshman Jordan Kelly-Houston (Christchurch, New Zealand). Kelly-Houston played his first career match on court five and posted a 6-1, 6-4 win over Yannick Yoshizawa.
"I expected it to be tough to start," Kelly-Houston said. "I was nervous before the match but it kind of set in at 4-2 in the second set when I said `I can win this match.' I got a little nervous but when I pulled it out I was so happy."
Kelly-Houston joins a freshmen trio of Connor Smith (Tampa, Fla.), Andres Bucaro (Guatemala City, Guatemala) and Anderson Reed (Daphne, Ala.) who have been very impressive for the Seminoles so far. Today's singles wins from Smith, Kelly-Houston and Bucaro make the freshmen a combined 14-3 this spring in singles. Bucaro and Reed also won their doubles match on Saturday and are 5-1 in doubles play this spring.
The Seminoles also received commanding wins from their two ranked seniors, No. 111 Vahid Mirzadeh (Wellington, Fla.) and No. 27 Jean-Yves Aubone (Miami, Fla.). Aubone, playing on court two, quickly dispatched USF's Peter Frank 6-1, 6-0. A few moments later, Mirzadeh did the same on court one, taking down the Bulls' Wael Kilani 6-2, 6-1.
"I think we're playing better. We have high ambitions in what we want to do," Hultquist said. "We're going to have some really tough matches coming up in the next couple weeks so we need to be playing our best to be ready for those."
Florida State will hit the courts again on Sunday at 11:00 a.m. when they host No. 59 Furman. The match will take place at the Scott Speicher Tennis Center and admission is free.