Feb. 10, 2010
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - The No. 18 Florida State men's team opened ACC play with a 5-2 victory over Boston College (1-3, 0-2) tonight, February 10 in Milford, N.H. Senior Jean- Yves Aubone (Miami, Fla.) led the Seminoles (6-1, 1-0) with a win in doubles and singles. The Seminoles have now won their ACC opener in four consecutive years and marks the 13th time since joining the ACC in 1992.
"It was a hard fought match on a very fast indoor court," said head coach Dwayne Hultquist. "It was a challenge for us having not playing indoors all year. I thought the guys met the challenge and as the match went on, I thought our guys played better and better. I feel like it was a good win getting us off to a 1-0 start in ACC play."
Aubone (Miami, Fla.) and junior Clint Bowles (Tampa, Fla.) won the lone doubles match with an 8-5 win over Brian Garber and Billy Grokenberger on court two. The No. 31 duo of senior Vahid Mirzadeh (Wellington, Fla.) and freshman Connor Smith (Tampa, Fla.) fell to the higher ranked duo of No. 27 Erik Kreutzer and Thomas Nolan 8-3 on court one.
"I just hit the ball and tried as hard as I could," said Aubone. "It's really just the most important part of the year. This is what it all comes down to, to win that ACC Championship. It's very exciting to play a team we see every year, they are rivals basically."
After losing the first singles match and falling behind 2-0, the Seminoles came back strong to win the rest of their singles matches. Winning first for Florida State was Smith as he won 6-4, 7-6 (5) over Alex Skinner on court four. No. 111 Mirzadeh competed against Kreutzer after falling to him in doubles. This time Mirzadeh walked off the court with a victory, a 6-1, 7-5 win on court three.
Reigning ACC Player of the Year No. 27 Aubone came off the courts to give the Seminoles a 3-2 lead. He defeated Nolan 1-6, 6-3, 6-2 on court one to win his eighth singles match of the spring.
Freshman Jordan Kelly-Houston (Christchurch, New Zealand) increased his record to 3-0 with a victory on court five. He defeated Brendon Wong 6-3, 6-2 to clinch the match for the Seminoles.
"I was pretty nervous because it was two-all," described Kelly-Houston. "Jean-Yves was playing next to me and if he would have lost, we would have been down 3-2 and me and Andres would both have to pull out the win to go 4-3. I was on a different set of courts then Andres so I couldn't see him and he couldn't see me so I was pretty nervous to start. When I pulled it out, I was really happy."
Finishing up on court six was Andres Bucaro (Guatemala City, Guatemala). The freshman is now 7-1 this spring after the 7-6 (9), 6-1 prevail over Brian Locklear.
The Seminoles will return to the courts on February 21 against Georgia Tech at home. The match is at 1:00pm while admission is free at the Scott Speicher Tennis Center.